Over 1,000 Scholarship Essay Questions in College Essay Organizer

When using College Essay Organizer, keep in mind that we have more than 1,000 scholarship essay questions, none of which are even mentioned on the Common App. The Essay QuickFinder and Essay RoadMap tools will help you find department-specific and scholarship essays you didn't even know existed opening up opportunities for students to get free money for college. If financial aid is important to you, here are a few schools worth taking a second look at:

  • Wake Forest University (3 required questions and 3 scholarship questions)
  • Elon University (2 required questions, 1 optional question, 4 scholarship questions, 6 program-specific questions, and 1 special applicant question)
  • University of Kentucky (8 scholarship questions and 4 program-specific questions)



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Colleges Updated in College Essay Organizer for the 2012-2013 Season

Here is a list of colleges that have been updated through July 27 in College Essay Organizer for the 2012/2013 application season. Expect many more updates in the coming weeks.

  1. Academy of Art University
  2. Albright College
  3. American University
  4. American University of Paris
  5. Art Center College of Design
  6. Barnard College
  7. Beacon College
  8. Belmont Abbey College
  9. Bemidji State University
  10. Bentley University
  11. Berry College
  12. Birmingham-Southern College
  13. Boise State University
  14. Boston College
  15. Boston Conservatory
  16. Bryant University
  17. Cabrini College
  18. California Lutheran University
  19. California Maritime Academy
  20. California Polytechnic State University-Pomona
  21. California State University-Bakersfield
  22. California State University-Channel Islands
  23. California State University-Chico
  24. California State University-East Bay
  25. California State University-Fullerton
  26. California State University-Long Beach
  27. California State University-Los Angeles
  28. California State University-Monterey Bay
  29. California State University-Northridge
  30. California State University-Sacramento
  31. California State University-San Marcos
  32. Canisius College
  33. Capital University
  34. Carroll College
  35. Carroll University
  36. Castelton State College
  37. Catholic University of America
  38. Cazenovia College
  39. Cedar Crest College
  40. Centenary College of Louisiana
  41. Central Washington University
  42. Christian Brothers University in TN
  43. Citadel, The
  44. Coastal Carolina University
  45. Colby-Sawyer College
  46. Colgate University
  47. College of New Jersey
  48. College of St. Rose (NY)
  49. College of the Holy Cross
  50. College of the Ozarks
  51. Colorado Mesa University
  52. Colorado School of Mines
  53. Colorado State University
  54. Columbia College Chicago
  55. Columbus State University
  56. Concordia University
  57. Concordia University-Austin
  58. Curry College
  59. Daemen College
  60. Dartmouth College
  61. Delaware State University
  62. DePaul University
  63. Dominican College
  64. Drury University
  65. Duke University
  66. East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
  67. Eastern Mennonite University
  68. Eastern Michigan University
  69. Eckerd College
  70. Elizabethtown College
  71. Elmira College
  72. Elon University
  73. Emily Carr University of Art and Design
  74. Emmanuel College
  75. Fairleigh Dickinson University
  76. Flagler College
  77. Florida Institute of Technology
  78. Florida International University
  79. Florida Southern College
  80. Franklin Pierce University
  81. Gannon University
  82. Georgetown University
  83. Georgia College and State University
  84. Georgia Institute of Technology
  85. Georgia State University
  86. Gordon College
  87. Grinnell College
  88. Hamilton College
  89. Hanover College
  90. Hardin-Simmons University
  91. Harding University
  92. Hartwick College
  93. Hastings College
  94. High Point University
  95. Hollins University
  96. Hood College
  97. Howard University
  98. Idaho State University
  99. James Madison University
  100. Juniata College
  101. Keene State College
  102. Kent State University
  103. King's College
  104. La Salle University
  105. Lafayette College
  106. Lake Erie College
  107. Le Moyne College
  108. Louisiana State University
  109. Louisiana Tech University
  110. Louisianna State University-Shreveport
  111. Loyola Marymount University
  112. Luther College
  113. Lycoming College
  114. Manhattan College
  115. Maryville College
  116. McDaniel College
  117. Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York
  118. Menlo College
  119. Mercyhurst College
  120. Meredith College
  121. MidAmerica Nazarene University
  122. Middlebury College
  123. Mills College
  124. Millsaps College
  125. Milwaukee School of Engineering
  126. Mississippi College
  127. Morehouse College
  128. Mount Saint Mary College
  129. Murray State University
  130. Nebraska Wesleyan University
  131. New College of Florida
  132. New England College
  133. New Mexico State University
  134. New York City College of Technology of the City University of New York
  135. Newbury College
  136. Niagara University
  137. Norfolk State University
  138. Northern Arizona University
  139. Northland College
  140. Norwich University
  141. Notre Dame de Namur University
  142. Nova Southeastern University
  143. Occidental College
  144. Oglethorpe University
  145. Ohio Wesleyan University
  146. Oklahoma State University
  147. Oregon Institute of Technology
  148. Otis College of Art and Design
  149. Pacific Union College
  150. Portland State University
  151. Providence College
  152. Queen's University
  153. Randolph College
  154. Randolph-Macon College
  155. Regis College
  156. Regis University
  157. Richard Stockton College of NJ
  158. Ripon College
  159. Rockland Community College
  160. Rosemont College
  161. Sacred Heart University
  162. Saint Francis University
  163. Saint Joseph's College of Maine
  164. Saint Joseph's University
  165. Saint Leo University
  166. Saint Martin's University
  167. Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
  168. Saint Peter's College
  169. Saint Vincent College
  170. San Diego State University
  171. San Francisco State University
  172. Shorter University
  173. South Carolina State University
  174. Southern Illinois University--Edwardsville
  175. Southern New Hampshire University
  176. Southern University at New Orleans
  177. Southwestern University
  178. Spelman College
  179. Spring Hill College
  180. St. Catherine University
  181. St. Lawrence University
  182. St. Mary's College
  183. St. Petersburg College
  184. St. Thomas Aquinas College
  185. State University of New York at Albany
  186. State University of New York at Buffalo State College
  187. State University of New York at Cortland
  188. State University of New York at Fredonia
  189. State University of New York at Geneseo
  190. State University of New York at Old Westbury
  191. State University of New York at Oneonta
  192. State University of New York at Oswego
  193. State University of New York at Plattsburgh
  194. State University of New York-College at Brockport
  195. Stephen F. Austin State University
  196. Stephens College
  197. Stevens Institute of Technology
  198. Suffolk University
  199. Texas Woman's University
  200. The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles
  201. The Art Institute of California-San Francisco
  202. Transylvania University
  203. Trine University
  204. Troy University
  205. Tufts University
  206. Tuskegee University
  207. United States Air Force Academy
  208. University of Alabama
  209. University of Alaska-Southeast
  210. University of California-Berkeley
  211. University of California-Davis
  212. University of California-Irvine
  213. University of California-Los Angeles
  214. University of California-Merced
  215. University of California-Riverside
  216. University of California-San Diego
  217. University of California-Santa Barbara
  218. University of California-Santa Cruz
  219. University of Central Florida
  220. University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
  221. University of Colorado-Boulder
  222. University of Dayton
  223. University of Denver
  224. University of Findlay
  225. University of Georgia
  226. University of Great Falls
  227. University of Hartford
  228. University of Hawaii-Manoa
  229. University of Idaho
  230. University of La Verne
  231. University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
  232. University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  233. University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  234. University of Massachusetts-Boston
  235. University of Massachusetts-Lowell
  236. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  237. University of Missouri-Columbia
  238. University of Montevallo
  239. University of New England
  240. University of New Hampshire
  241. University of New Orleans
  242. University of North Carolina-Asheville
  243. University of North Carolina-Charlotte
  244. University of Northern Colorado
  245. University of Notre Dame
  246. University of Pennsylvania
  247. University of Pittsburgh
  248. University of Richmond
  249. University of Rochester
  250. University of San Diego
  251. University of Saskatchewan
  252. University of Scranton
  253. University of South Carolina-Columbia
  254. University of South Dakota
  255. University of South Florida
  256. University of Southern Mississippi
  257. University of the Sciences
  258. University of Tulsa
  259. University of Victoria
  260. University of Virginia
  261. University of Western Ontario
  262. University of Wyoming
  263. Valdosta State University
  264. Vanderbilt University
  265. Wabash College
  266. Wake Forest University
  267. Wartburg College
  268. Washington and Jefferson College
  269. Washington College
  270. Washington University in St. Louis
  271. Webb Institute
  272. Weber State University
  273. Wells College
  274. Wentworth Institute of Technology
  275. Wentworth Military Academy and College
  276. Wesley College (Delaware)
  277. Wesleyan College
  278. Western Carolina University
  279. Western New England University
  280. Westminster College (PA)
  281. Whitworth University
  282. Widener University
  283. Willamette University
  284. Wingate University
  285. Wittenberg University
  286. Wright State University
  287. Xavier University of Louisiana
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Elon University Releases its 2012-2013 Essay Questions

Elon University which has 2 required questions and 12 special program questions, always has interesting essay prompts, and this year's batch didn't disappoint. Here's a sneak peak of our favorite:

"If you were given $10,000 to invest in a project you are passionate about or a business or nonprofit you want to start, what would it be and why? Who would benefit and how would you spend the money?"

Last year's similar question had only $5,000 to invest. Guess the economy is improving after all!

We'll leave you with a quote from Loyola Marymount University's new prompts:

"Speaking about education, Dr. Martin Luther King once said, 'The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.'"

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University of Notre Dame Releases New, Riskier Question for the 2011-2012 Application

Will you take a risk when you write your essays?

Schools continue to release new essay questions or confirm that last year’s questions will remain the same for the new season.

For those California dreaming, you can get busy writing now that the University of California has confirmed that the questions will stay the same.

University of Notre Dame introduced new essay topics, and while we like the new options, especially “You have 150 words. Take a risk.” students of a more observant and detail-oriented nature may have preferred last year’s topics including, “What is one small detail in the world that you notice and wish others did, too?” and “Tell us about a time when you have surprised others or yourself by doing something unexpected.”

If you’re applying to Elon University, we noticed that the online application does not list the designated essay topic required for those applying to its Gap Semester Program. The school has been notified, and the application will be fixed soon. In the meantime, check out the pdf of the application on the school’s site or use College Essay Organizer to seek out the question.

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