Stanford Short Essays
We want to hear your individual voice in your writing. Write essays that reflect who you are and write in a natural style. Begin work on these essays early, and feel free to ask your parents, teachers and friends to provide constructive feedback. Ask if the essay''s tone sounds like your voice. While asking for feedback is suggested, do not enlist hired assistance in the writing of your essays.
Candidates respond to all three essay topics. There is a 100-word minimum and a 250-word maximum for each essay.
1. Stanford students possess an intellectual vitality. Reflect on an idea or experience that has been important to your intellectual development.
2. Virtually all of Stanford''s undergraduates live on campus. Write a note to your future roommate that reveals something about you or that will help your roommate—and us—know you better.
3. What matters to you, and why?
The Notre Dame Writing Supplement: We want to meet the real you.
You must submit the Notre Dame Writing Supplement in addition to the Common Application or Coalition Application; this is available to registered members of either website and must be completed online.
The Writing Supplement for First Year applicants seeking Fall 2016 enrollment included the following directions:
Notre Dame admissions staff will read your essays as we seek to learn more about you. Tip: Use personal examples, anecdotes—anything that helps differentiate you from your peers.
Please provide a response between 150 and 200 words to the following question (required).
Notre Dame is an adventure that will develop more than just your intellect. Blessed Basil Moreau, founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, believed that to provide a true education “the mind will not be cultivated at the expense of the heart.” What excites you about attending Notre Dame?
Please select two of the following four prompts and provide a response between 150 and 200 words to each.
1. Home is where your story begins. Tell us about your home and how it has influenced your story.
2. Think about when you first meet people. What is a common first impression they might have of you? Is it a perception you want to change or what else do you want them to know about you?
3. The late Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Notre Dame''s president from 1953 to 1987, served as a trusted adviser to U.S. presidents and popes. A champion for human rights, Fr. Hesburgh was one of the architects of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Reflect on the current state of civil rights, the progress that has been made, or the problems still being faced today.
4. This is your chance to take a risk.
Boston College Writing Supplement
The writing supplement topics for Fall 2017 first-year applicants are:
We would like to get a better sense of you. Please select one of the questions below and write an essay of 400 words or less providing your response.
1. Human beings have a creative side that tends to shine most when we are truly invested in the world around us. Describe a situation when you responded effectively to a particular need and found yourself at your creative best.
2. Experience teaches us the importance of being reflective when making major decisions. Share an example from a recent event when a leader or an average person faced a difficult choice. What were the consequences of the decision? Would you have done the same?
3. Boston College strives to provide an undergraduate learning experience emphasizing the liberal arts, quality teaching, personal formation, and engagement of critical issues. If you had the opportunity to create your own college course, what enduring question or contemporary problem would you address and why?
4. Jesuit education stresses the importance of the liberal arts and sciences, character formation, commitment to the common good, and living a meaningful life. How do you think your personal goals and academic interests will help you grow both intellectually and personally during college?
1. Please respond in 100 words or less: Oh, The Places You’ll Go is one of the most popular books by “Dr. Seuss,” Dartmouth Class of 1925. Where do you hope to go? What aspects of Dartmouth’s curriculum or community might help you get there?
2. Please choose one of the following prompts and respond in 250-300 words:
（1）Shonda Rhimes, Dartmouth ’91, creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, recently documented her Year of Yes; for one year she vowed to say YES to everything that scared her. Share a moment when you stepped out of your comfort zone, and describe how it helped you grow into who you are today.
（2）Celebrate an example of excellent teaching and how it illuminated the subject you were studying. Why did it resonate with you and excite your intellectual curiosity?
（3）In the wake of World War II, Dartmouth President John Sloan Dickey proclaimed, “The world’s troubles are your troubles…and there is nothing wrong with the world that better human beings cannot fix.” If you could tackle any of the world’s “troubles,” which one captures your imagination and inspires you to act? What would you invent or devise to mitigate it and how might your coursework at Dartmouth inform your ambitions?
（4）“It’s not easy being green” was a frequent lament of Kermit the Frog. Discuss.
（5）“Three things in human life are important,” said the novelist Henry James. “The first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.” Share a moment when kindness guided your actions.
（6）“Won’t you be my neighbor?” was the signature catchphrase of Fred Rogers, the creator and host of Mister Rogers Neighborhood. What kind of neighbor will you be in our undergraduate community at Dartmouth? What impact have you had on the neighbors in your life?