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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