Sample Essay Questions
Found on College Applications
Example OneThe essay section of the admission application is an opportunity to help us become acquainted with you through a means different from courses, grades, test scores and other objective data. It enables you to demonstrate your ability to organize thoughts and express yourself. With these objectives in mind, please write an essay about one of the topics listed below:
- Describe a significant experience or achievement that has meaning to you.
- Discuss some issue of personal, local or national concern and its importance to you.
- If you could travel through time and interview any historical figure, whom would you choose, what would you ask, and why?
Example TwoIt is our aim to get to know you as well as possible through this application. With this in mind, please describe in detail some special interest, experience,
achievement or anything else you would like us to know about you. Essays on personal, local or national issues that are of particular concern to you are also welcomed.
Example ThreeIn order to acquaint us with you, please write a personal statement including your reasons for applying to __________________________, your interests and any other information you wish to give about yourself. Indicate any career plans you might have. Please take time to prepare a thorough statement. The Admissions Committee requires this information when reviewing your application.
Example FourIt will aid us in reading your application if you will explain in some detail your interest in the field that you wish to pursue at ____________________, and how you intend to develop that interest in college and beyond.
Example FiveWhy do you think ____________________ is an appropriate place for you to continue your education?
The following examples are essays taken from Real Essays That Worked by Fiske and Hammond.