Don't think students have to write many essays because they're using the Common App? Think again!

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The Common App has 1 required essay question, but many of the participating colleges also require supplemental essays, which are different for each college. So if students are applying to 7 colleges, they can easily have more than 20 essay questions! We provide each college's Common App supplemental essays organized in one easy place, as well as each college's program-specific, special applicant, and scholarship questions, most of which are not listed on the Common App. Our goal is to help students avoid rushing to finish essays they discover too late  or missing deadlines altogether!

Common Application Supplemental Essay Examples

Here are just a few Common App colleges with many supplemental essays (some of these numbers may change as we update for 2017-2018):

  • USC has 2 required essays and 10 short-take essays, and has 33 program-specific essays (no, we're not kidding)
  • Syracuse has 4 required essays and 6 program-specific essays
  • Tufts has 3 required essays
  • Penn has 1 required essay and 7 program-specific essays
  • Macalester has 1 required and 2 optional essays, plus 1 special applicant essay
  • Carleton has 2 required essays
  • Yale has 2 required essays and 5 short-take essays, plus 1 program-specific essay and 1 special applicant essay
  • Caltech has 5 required essays and 1 optional essay
  • Princeton has 3 required essays and 1 optional essay, plus 1 program-specific essay and 2 special applicant essays
  • Michigan has 2 required essays and 2 program-specific essays
  • UCLA has 2 required essays and 2 optional essays and, ahem, 18 program-specific essays (yes, we're serious)

Successful Essay Tips.

TIP 1 - Program-Specific Questions Are Good For Students: While the many program-specific questions seem daunting, they help students discover different programs that may appeal to them and even help them get accepted. For instance, maybe a student never considered applying to Cornell's School of Hotel Administration, but after seeing that program's essay questions on College Essay Organizer, she realizes that this program might not only be right up her alley but also is going to help her gain the competitive admissions edge because of her special talents and background related to the hospitality industry.

TIP 2 - Optional Means Opportunity: When a college asks a student a question and says it's optional, think of it like a parent asking a child to do chores; students don't have to do them, but if they don't, they're probably not going to get the keys to the family car that weekend. Optional questions present students with the opportunity to convey their passions and interests to people eager to learn more about them. If they use such space wisely, it can make all the difference.

TIP 3 - A Problem Well Organized Is A Problem Half Solved: Students can spend several hours organizing all their essay questions in one clear document (which you know they'll never actually do) and hope that they locate all the hard-to-find supplemental, program-specific, optional, and scholarship questions — and then try to figure out how many original essays they need to write (and on which topics) to make this a quick and simple process. Or they can let College Essay Organizer do it for them instantly.

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  • It accepts only the Common App, in which case we provide those Common App supplement essay questions.
  • It accepts only the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success Application, in which case we provide only those Coalition App essay questions.
  • It accepts only its own School App, in which case we provide those School App essay questions.
  • It accepts both the Common App and its own School App, in which case we provide only the Common App supplement essay questions.
  • It accepts both the Common App and the Coalition App, in which case we provide only the Common App supplement essay questions.
  • It accepts both the Coalition App and its own School App, in which case we provide only the Coalition App essay questions.
  • It accepts the Common App, the Coalition App, and its own School App, in which case we provide only the Common App supplement essay questions.
  • It accepts another app used by certain schools (eg, ApplyTexas), and in these cases we note whether we are using the questions from this app for any given school.
  • While a few colleges also accept the Universal College App, we do not reference those essay questions since so few applicants use that app.

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