In 2017 the common app added two new prompts to the pile, one of which was a return to the much-beloved “topic of your choice” (cue the confetti) so 2018-19 college applicants, like those who came before them in 2017-18, will have seven (that’s right, seven) essay prompts to choose from. The common application has announced that the 2016-2017 personal statement essay prompts will be the same as the 2015-2016 prompts by conducting a review process every other year, rather than annually, we can hear from admissions officers, as well as students, parents , and counselors, about the effectiveness of the essay prompts.
Colleges want to read it and the common app essay prompts are changing we were gratified to learn that 91% of members and 90% of constituents agree or strongly agree that the current prompts are effective in addition, the narrative comments we received helped us see areas for improvement in three of the prompts. For the 2018-19 application cycle, the common application essay prompts remain unchanged from the 2017-18 cycle with the inclusion of the topic of your choice option, you have the opportunity to write about anything you want to share with the folks in the admissions office.
For more, check the faq page of the common application site it’s a good idea to poke around this page before embarking on the application because it has a number of excellent answers to common questions the common application can be daunting, but the payoff is worth it—and it definitely means fewer hand cramps over the coming months. The common application, referred to by many as the â€œcommon app, allows college-bound students to apply easily to any of 463 currently participating schools using a standardized form and essay questions (some schools do require supplements read the fine print) last year, nearly 25 million common apps were submitted by students from 205 countries, with the average student applying to more than four schools. The common application is a not-for-profit organization that provides an admission application – online and in print – that students may submit to any one of 414 member schools -- 47 of them public institutions -- that accept it.
Another way to prepare for the common application is to begin initial brainstorming about the essay prompts for some students, the choice of which prompt to tackle is obvious immediately for others, it takes much longer to make a decision it’s a good idea to begin a list of possible essay topics.
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.