The current prompts are the result of much discussion and debate from the member institutions who use the Common Application.The essay length limit stands at 650 words (the minimum is 250 words), and students will need to choose from the seven options below.
Sometimes in retrospection, we discover that the cost of an action was perhaps too great.
Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure.
How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
With the ability to write about an "intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma," you can essentially write about any issue that you find important.
Note that you do not have to have solved the problem, and some of the best essays will explore problems that need to be solved in the future.