Washington State University 2011 Essay Requirements

Washington State University

Washington State University

Washington State University was recently updated in the College Essay Organizer database, and it makes for an interesting case study. Often, large state universities tone down the writing requirements, if only because they can expect tens of thousands of applicants in what should be a fairly straightforward admissions process, but not so with Washington State.

WSU has six writing requirements, presented as a single question. In College Essay Organizer, we break them up into single requirements, since their word counts are individually labeled:

  • Leadership/group contributions: Describe examples of your leadership experience and share how you have significantly influenced others, helped resolve disputes, or contributed to group efforts over time. Consider responsibilities you have taken for initiatives in or out of school.
  • Knowledge or creativity in a field: Describe any of your special interests and how you have developed knowledge in these areas. Give examples of your creativity: the ability to see alternatives; take diverse perspectives; come up with many, varied, or original ideas; or willingness to try new things.
  • Dealing with adversity: Describe the most significant challenge you have faced and the steps you have taken to address this challenge. Include whether you turned to anyone in facing that challenge, the role that person played, and what you learned about yourself.
  • Community service: Explain what you have done to make your community a better place to live. Give examples of specific projects in which you have been involved over time.
  • Handling systemic challenges: Describe your experiences facing or witnessing discrimination. Tell us how you responded and what you learned from those experiences and how they prepared you to contribute to the WSU community.
  • Goals/task commitment: Articulate the goals you have established for yourself and your efforts to accomplish them. Give at least one specific example that demonstrates your work ethic/diligence.

Each of these requirements has a length of about a hundred words, which makes for a significant amount of writing, and perhaps more importantly, topic selection. As always, using College Essay Organizer's Essay RoadMap can show you how to cut down on the number of original essays you need to put together for multifaceted requirements such as this one.

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George Washington University 2011 Essay Prompts

George Washington University has released its application and its Common Application supplement, and they've been put into the College Essay Organizer database. GWU is largely the same this year as last, though there is a slight modification to the regular requirements, and there are some brief additions to the departmental requirements.

College Essay Organizer continues to roll on, updating the remaining requirements for 2011. Watch this space for further updates and our weekly comprehensive list on Fridays.

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University of North Carolina-Greensboro 2011 Essay Questions

UNCG LogoThe University of North Carolina-Greensboro has been updated in the College Essay Organizer database, along with the University of Hartford, University of South Carolina-Columbia, and many others.

North Carolina-Greensboro in particular brings with it many college essay requirements. This year, UNCG has seven departmental essay requirements, on top of the three required prompts.

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Rutgers 2011 College Essay Prompts

Rutgers-New Brunswick and Rutgers-Newark, campuses of the State University of New Jersey, were updated in the database for 2011 this week, along with a host of others, including the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, Muhlenberg College, and the U.S. Military Academy.

Many more schools are updated daily at College Essay Organizer, so be sure to check in on our comprehensive list of updated schools, which is updated and re-posted each Friday on the blog.

A High Point in the 2011-2012 Application Season Before the Common App is Released August 1

A High Point in the 2011-2012 Application Season

Our research team has been busy churning out updates this week.  Here’s a preview of schools that have been recently updated in College Essay Organizer for those eagerly anticipating our weekly email, and expect hundreds more when the Common App goes live August 1:

  1. Alfred University
  2. Arizona State University
  3. Benedict College
  4. Bloomfield College
  5. Bowling Green State University
  6. Calvin College
  7. Campbell University
  8. Christendom College
  9. Delaware State University
  10. High Point University
  11. Louisiana State University
  12. Louisiana Tech University
  13. Lynchburg College
  14. Ohio State-Columbus
  15. University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  16. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  17. University of Mississippi
  18. University of South Dakota
  19. University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

High Point University deserves special notice since they revamped some of their required questions. Here is our favorite new essay prompt:

You are a contestant on Jeopardy!. It’s time for your introduction, in which you introduce yourself and tell a short, interesting story or factoid about your life. Here’s your chance to be famous: What story do you tell to millions of Jeopardy! viewers?

Now, while you’re dreaming of being famous, don’t forget to get cracking on this season’s creative selection of college essays!

CEO's Essay Requirement Updating Rolls On

We're hard at work here at CEO keeping all the essay requirements current for each school in our extensive database. Each Friday, we send an email out to our current members to let them know which schools have been updated for the coming year, as well as to update them on key admissions data such as application deadlines, SAT and ACT ranges of accepted students, and class rank percentiles for the most recent class to enroll.

As an example, here's the list of those added just this week, putting our list of updated schools at well over 430!

  1. Colby College
  2. Columbia College Chicago
  3. Davidson College
  4. Earlham College
  5. Eugene Lang College
  6. Fairfield University
  7. Fairleigh Dickinson University
  8. Long Island University/C.W. Post Campus
  9. Marist College
  10. Mercer University
  11. Michigan State University
  12. Montana State University-Bozeman
  13. Mount St. Mary's College
  14. New Mexico State University
  15. Northeastern University
  16. Northwestern University
  17. Occidental College
  18. Oglethorpe University
  19. Ohio State University-Columbus
  20. Ohio University
  21. Old Dominion University
  22. Pennsylvania State University-University Park
  23. Philadelphia University
  24. Plymouth State University
  25. Ramapo College of New Jersey
  26. Ringling College of Art & Design
  27. Rollins College
  28. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
  29. Rutgers-New Brunswick
  30. Rutgers-Newark
  31. Seattle Pacific University
  32. Skidmore College
  33. St. Bonaventure University
  34. St. Catherine University
  35. St. John's College (MD)
  36. St. John's College (NM)
  37. Stonehill College
  38. Transylvania University
  39. Tulane University
  40. University of New Haven
  41. University of Pennsylvania
  42. Wheaton College (MA)
  43. Xavier University (OH)

By using our Essay RoadMap preview page you can see all the schools we've updated so far for 2011. Any college without an asterisk has been updated - and while you're at it, you can see first-hand the potential of what CEO can do for you.

The updating process continues in earnest this weekend, with another large push coming in the early parts of September. Stay tuned.