Georgetown University, a non-Common App school, can only be applied to through its school application which recently went live for the 2015-2016 application season. It has a two-part application process, which requires students to first submit Part 1 of the application along with a payment of $75 before moving on to Part 2 and accessing the essay questions.
Students who aren't sure about whether or not they want to apply to Georgetown or educational consultants who need the questions early can view the essay requirements by logging into their College Essay Organizer accounts here.
University of Virginia continues its tradition of posting its supplemental essay questions early giving students a jump-start on the writing process. While most of the released prompts were identical to last year, it did discontinue the option "To tweet or not to tweet?" and swapped in a new fourth option for its second supplemental question:
U.Va. students paint messages on Beta Bridge when they want to share information with our community. What would you paint on Beta Bridge and why is this your message?
As you begin brainstorming, keep in mind how UVa and many other colleges feel about word limits:
We aren't counting words on these. The word limits are there so you know that we are expecting short statements, not term papers. The boxes where you paste in your essay will cut you off at some point, but there is a little bit of leeway. Be concise and thoughtful in your statement statement and try to convey your voice and style in your words. This is the one spot on your application where your personality gets to shine, so don't treat this like a formal school assignment.
For more details on colleges that have released their 2015-2016 essay questions, log into your College Essay Organizer account here.
The new college application season has officially begun with University of Chicago, University of North Carolina, and University of Michigan leading the way with their release of essay questions for the 2015-2016 season. University of Chicago, known for its thought-provoking and quirky questions, did not disappoint us. See this season's options to choose from below. They will be sure to get you into the essay-writing spirit!
Essay Option 1.
Orange is the new black, fifty’s the new thirty, comedy is the new rock ‘n’ roll, ____ is the new ____. What’s in, what’s out, and why is it being replaced?
—Inspired by Payton Weidenbacher, Class of 2015
Essay Option 2.
“I learned to make my mind large, as the universe is large, so that there is room for paradoxes.” –Maxine Hong Kingston. What paradoxes do you live with?
—Inspired by Danna Shen, Class of 2019
Essay Option 3.
Joan of Arkansas. Queen Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Babe Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Mash up a historical figure with a new time period, environment, location, or occupation, and tell us their story.
—Inspired by Drew Donaldson, Class of 2016
Essay Option 4.
“Art is either plagiarism or revolution.” –Paul Gauguin. What is your “art”? Is it plagiarism or revolution?
—Inspired by Kaitlyn Shen, Class of 2018.
Essay Option 5.
Rerhceseras say it’s siltl plisbsoe to raed txet wtih olny the frist and lsat ltteres in palce. This is beaucse the hamun mnid can fnid oderr in dorsdier. Give us your best example of finding order in disorder. (For your reader’s sake, please use full sentences with conventional spelling).
—Also inspired by Payton Weidenbacher, Class of 2015. Payton is extra-inspirational this year!
Essay Option 6.
In the spirit of adventurous inquiry, pose a question of your own. If your prompt is original and thoughtful, then you should have little trouble writing a great essay. Draw on your best qualities as a writer, thinker, visionary, social critic, sage, citizen of the world, or future citizen of the University of Chicago; take a little risk, and have fun.
Essay Option 7.
In the spirit of historically adventurous inquiry, to celebrate the University of Chicago’s 125th anniversary, please feel free to select from any of our past essay questions.