We think of them as an opportunity for students to tell us about themselves, their tastes, and their ambitions.
They can be approached with utter seriousness, complete fancy, or something in between.
And don’t be afraid to add your personal style and voice to your writing!
You only have a couple of paragraphs to tell us about your experiences and goals.
You may include any majors or areas of study you're currently considering. If you select a second-choice major other than the Division of General Studies on your application, write a second essay explaining your interest in this major, too. The essay part of the application is important because it gives us more insight into who you are and who you want to be. Take time to think about and brainstorm your message.
Create an outline, write a good first draft, and edit multiple times.
Each year we email newly admitted and current College students and ask them for essay topics.
We receive several hundred responses, many of which are eloquent, intriguing, or downright wacky.
We hope that will save you just a bit of time as you work through our application.
Essays are evaluated for both content and writing/grammatical skills.