The Common App Essay Prompts are Terrific!

College App Essay Prompts Can Inspire
These prompts have a history of generating terrific essays.

In this winter of so much change and unsettling news, the Common App essay prompts will stay the same — great news for students and families grappling with college admissions.

That’s because they are such good sources of inspiration. These Common Application prompts consistently generate interesting personal statements from  students across the country and around the world when it comes to college essay prompts. In the words of the Common Application Organization itself: “Over 95% of every group who responded–students, counselors, teachers, and admission officers–agree that the prompts spark effective essays.”

It’s not necessary or urgent to begin writing just yet, but it IS time to take a look at the prompts.  Pick ONE prompt and write an essay from 250 to 650 words total. Enjoy looking them over, but don’t worry about starting to write anytime soon. The earliest college applications essays are not due until fall.

The Common Application Essay Prompts 2022-23

  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. Reflect on something that someone has done for you that has made you happy or thankful in a surprising way. How has this gratitude affected or motivated you?
  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.

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