UPDATE: The common app just released this year’s essay topics. Here they are!

Essay Questions for 2014

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

2. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn?

3. Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?

4. Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you?

5. Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

Note: The essay word count of 250-500 words will remain the same and it will be strongly enforced.

5 thoughts on “UPDATE: The common app just released this year’s essay topics. Here they are!

  1. Thanks for posting this. Your website is quite informative and comprehensive. Since January 1st I’ve been working as a College Access and Career Advisor with the Delmarva Education Foundation in Salisbury, MD and will be a regular visitor to your website. Thanks for sharing your wisdom.

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