Every season, there are a few schools that change their essay prompts mid-season after their application has been live for some time (don't worry, we're on top of it for you!). Virginia Tech, which began the application season planning to use the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success but then announced that it won't use it until fall 2017, falls into that category this year.
After initially releasing one set of essay prompt's corresponding with the prompts being used by the Coalition Application with a 300-word limit, it has now released additional prompts and reduced the word limit to 250-300 words. Not to worry for the students who may have already submitted for the upcoming November 1 Early Decision deadlines as they will not be penalized!
Please find the new options below:
You may respond to up to three of the essay prompts below (choose one, two, or three) as you feel they support your individual application.
A) What are the top five reasons you want to be a Hokie?
B) If there is something you think would be beneficial for the Admissions Committee to know as we review your academic history, please take this opportunity to explain.
C) Our motto is Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). How is service to others important in your life?
D) If you could have any superhero power, what would it be and why?
E) We believe strongly in the Virginia Tech Principles of Community and the value of human diversity affirmed therein. Share a perspective or experience related to your culture, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status that might explain how you will enrich the climate of mutual respect and understanding here.
F) Virginia Tech is one of six senior military institutions in the country. How will this setting contribute to your college experience?
G) Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it.
H) Describe a time when you made a meaningful contribution to others in which the greater good was your focus. Discuss the challenges and rewards of making your contribution.
I) Has there been a time when you've had a long-cherished or accepted belief challenged? How did you respond? How did the challenge affect your beliefs?
J) What is the hardest part of being a teenager now? What's the best part? What advice would you give a younger sibling or friend (assuming they would listen to you)?
K) Submit an essay on a topic of your choice.