Common Application 2017-2018 Essay Prompts




The Common App has released their 2017-18 essay prompts. As you review the prompts, please keep in mind that this is one opportunity to share yourself with the admission representatives who will read your essay. Please note that Common App has kept two essay prompts (#1 and 4), revised three essay prompts (# 2, 3 and 5) and included two new essay prompts (#6 and 7).

Please read each essay carefully and the select the one that will best tell your story.


1.                  Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their                                     application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.

2.                  The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when                      you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?

3.                  Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What                          was the outcome?

4.                  Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a                                research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its                       significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.

5.                  Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new                                  understanding of yourself or others. 

6.                  Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it                          captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more? 

7.                  Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a                               different prompt, or one of your own design.


Prompts and further information is available at the Common Application Website