Instructions. The essay demonstrates your
ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and
helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice. What do you
want the readers of your application to know about you apart
from courses, grades, and test scores? Choose the option that
best helps you answer that question and write an essay of no
more than 650 words, using the prompt to inspire and structure
your response. Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal.
Use the full range if you need it, but don't feel obligated to
do so. (The application won't accept a response shorter than 250
• Some students have a background or story
that is so central to their identity that they believe their
application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like
you, then please share your story.
• Recount an incident or time when you
experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what lessons did
• Reflect on a time when you challenged a
belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the
same decision again?
• Describe a place or environment where you
are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and
why is it meaningful to you?
• Discuss an accomplishment or event,
formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood
to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.