Class of 2020 College Essay, Common Application and Coalition Application Work

Updated August 2, 2019

UPDATE: This page has been wildly popular and we are so pleased to have been able to help so many of you find supplemental essay prompts before the official release dates! Now that they are available through the Common Application and the other application systems, we will no longer be posting. If you need help filling out your applications, consider downloading our 2019-2020 Guide to the Common Application Rollover Process, our 2019-2020 Guide to the Common Application Supplements, and our 2019-2020 Guide to the Coalition Application.

2019-2020 Common AppLICATION Supplemental Essay Prompts

Because we try to help our students finish their applications by the time they head back to school in the fall, we can’t wait until the official release date of August 1 to begin supplemental essay work! We work hard to try to find out the supplemental essay prompts in advance so that our students can take advantage of their free time during the summer.

We expect that most of our students will be able to knock out half of their 2019-20 supplemental essays before August 1. This will make the month of August much more manageable!

CONFIRMED IN WRITING

Boston College: read the prompts here (scroll to “Boston College Writing Supplement”)

Cornell University: read the prompts here

Dartmouth College: read the prompts here

Emory University: read the prompts here

Georgia Tech: read the prompt here (scroll to “Georgia Tech Short Answer Question”)

Harvard College: read the prompt here (click on “Writing Supplement”)

Georgetown University: read the prompts here (click on Georgetown Application Supplement after creating account)

Princeton University: read the prompts here

Tufts University: read the prompts here

University of Chicago: read the prompts here

University of Colorado - Boulder: read the prompts here (click on “Essays” and scroll to “Writing Supplement”)

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: read the prompts here

University of Notre Dame: read the prompts here

University of Pennsylvania: read the prompts here

University of Pittsburgh: read the prompts here and the Pitt Honors prompts here

University of Richmond: read the prompt here (scroll to “Believe it..”)

University of Virginia: read the prompts here

Villanova University: read the prompts here

CONFIRMED VERBALLY

Carnegie Mellon University:

Instructions: Please answer all of the following questions; each answer should be no more than 300 words.

  1. Most students choose their intended major or area of study based on a passion or inspiration that’s developed over time – what passion or inspiration led you to choose this area of study?

  2. Many students pursue college for a specific degree, career opportunity or personal goal. Whichever it may be, learning will be critical to achieve your ultimate goal. As you think ahead to the process of learning during your college years, how will you define a successful college experience?

  3. Consider your application as a whole. What do you personally want to emphasize about your application for the admission committee’s consideration? Highlight something that’s important to you or something you haven’t had a chance to share. Tell us, don’t show us (no websites please).

Tulane University (same as last year):

  1. Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences (250 words max).

  2. Why Tulane (50-800 words max). This is technically optional***

University of Michigan (same as last year): read the prompts here

University of Wisconsin - Madison (same as last year): read the prompts here (scroll to #5)

2019-2020 College Essay Prompts (Non-Common Application)

These are the essays that students will have to write for schools that do not accept the Common Application (i.e. schools that accept the Coalition Application and schools with institutional or systemwide applications).

Not sure which application to use for a given school? Click here for an easy cheat sheet.

COnfirmed in writing

College of Charleston - Honors College: read the prompts here (scroll to “Honors Essay”)

University of California (same as last year): read the prompts here

University of Georgia: read the prompts here

University of Texas-Austin: read the prompts here (scroll to “Essay” and “Short Answers”)

Wake Forest University: read the prompts here <- NOTE: Just a reminder that this is the WFU institutional app, not the Common App supplement. Some of these essays are likely to show up on the Common App supplement, but in past years they have not all been the same. I would recommend holding off for the Common App supplement prompts unless the student is applying before August 1 through Wake’s rolling ED process.

CONFIRMED VERBALLY

Virginia Tech (same as last year): read the prompts here

***In the land of essays, optional is never optional, unless it’s a very specific topic that truly does not apply to students in your demographic, such as the long-time Duke prompt about additional information relating to the applicant’s sexuality. If there is the slightest shred of doubt, go ahead and write the essay.