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Common Application Essay Prompts for 2017-18 !

 
  1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
  2. The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
  3. Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
  4. Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
  5. Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.
 Use Common App Ready for help with setting up your Common App account. http://www.commonapp.org/ready
 
What schools use the Common App?
There are currently nearly 700 colleges and universities using the Common App.  For a complete list, click here.
 
How can I find out what the application requirements are for each college?
For an easy way to find this out without adding the college to your list, look at the attached file just below - Common App Requirements Grid. 
Common App and Naviance
 
JUNIORS!
You must add colleges to your "college I'm applying to" list in Naviance. Your counselors and teachers will need this information before they can write and submit your letters of recommendation. 
 
Please follow the below directions for how to accomplish this.