17 September 2015

Common App Extra Essay Requirements

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Update #6

commonapplogoThe Common App for 2015-16 was posted earlier today, and we've just wrapped up our analysis on the real number of short answer/essay prompts required for each school.  If you've been through this process before, you know that just because a school lacks a writing supplement doesn't mean there are no additional essays to complete.  Many schools in fact simply embed these prompts in the main application itself.

This post summarizes the prompts required for 200+ Common Application schools in our coverage universe.  Our definition of a prompt is a question that requires more than a one word or one sentence answer.  It's not perfect, but it should help you gauge the amount of writing you'll need to get through over the next few months.  It'll also help you identify schools that you can apply to without the need for extra essays!

Click on Continue Reading for the list.

 

 


 

Common Application Extra Prompt Requirements by School (2015-16)

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Institution Extra Prompt Requirements
Adelphi University None
Agnes Scott College 4 prompts
Albion College None
Allegheny College None
American University 2 optional prompts
Amherst College 1 prompt (175 words), choice of second prompt (300 words) or graded writing sample
Assumption College 1 prompt (125 words)
Austin College 1 prompt
Babson College 1 prompt (unspecified), choice of second prompt (500 words) or 1 minute video
Bard College 1 prompt
Barnard College 3 prompts (250 words each)
Bates College 1 prompt (1-2 paragraphs)
Beloit College None
Bennington College 5 prompts (1 unspecified, 250 words for others)
Bentley University 1 prompt (250 words)
Boston College 1 prompt (400 words)
Boston University 1 prompt (250 words)
Bowdoin College 2 prompts (140 characters, 250 words)
Brandeis University 1 graded analytical paper required if test flexible option selected
Brown University 4 prompts (1 x 150 words, 3 x 100 words)
Bryn Mawr College 2 prompts (100 words, 1 unspecified)
Bucknell University None
Butler University None
California Institute of Technology 3 prompts (600 chars, 2 x 200 words)
California Lutheran University 2 prompts (250 words each)
Carleton College 2 prompts (250 words, 150 words)
Carnegie Mellon University 2 prompts (1 page single-spaced, other unspecified)
Case Western Reserve University None
Centre College 1 prompt
Chapman University 3 prompts (200 words each)
Claremont McKenna College 1 prompt (200 words)
Clark University None
Colby College None
Colgate University 1 prompt (250 words)
College of St. Benedict None
College of the Atlantic 2 prompts
College of the Holy Cross None
College of William and Mary 1 prompt (500 words)
College of Wooster 1 prompt (250 words)
Colorado College 2 prompts (500 words each)
Colorado State University - Ft. Collins None
Columbia University 6 prompts (5x150, 1x300 words)
Concordia University - Irvine None
Connecticut College None
Cornell College 1 prompt (250 words)
Cornell University None
Creighton University 1 prompt
Dartmouth College 1 prompt (1 page)
Davidson College 2 prompts (250-300 words, 200 words)
Denison University 1 prompt (125 words)
DePauw University None
Dickinson College 1 optional prompt, strongly recommended for early decision candidates
Drexel University None
Duke University 1 prompt (250 words)
Earlham College 1 prompt
Emerson College 2 prompts (100-200 words each)
Emory University (Emory) 1 prompt (500 words)
Emory University (Oxford) 1 prompt (500 words), 1 optional prompt (500 words)
Fairfield University None
Fordham University None
Franklin and Marshall 2 prompts (150 words, 100 words)
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering 2 prompts (300 words, 500 words)
Furman University 1 prompt (250 words)
George Washington University 1 prompt (250 words)
Georgia Institute of Technology 3 prompts (150 words)
Gettysburg College None
Gonzaga University 1 prompt (50-300 words)
Goucher College 2 prompts (10 words, 100 words)
Grinnell College None
Guilford College None
Gustavus Adolphus College None
Hamilton College 1 optional prompt, strongly encouraged (250 words)
Hampshire College 1 academic paper (3-10 pages), 2 prompts (300 words minimum)
Harvard University 1 prompt, 1 optional additional essay
Harvey Mudd College 2 prompts (500 words)
Haverford College 2 prompts (150 words, 250 words)
Hawaii Pacific University None
Hendrix College 3 prompts
Hillsdale College 2 prompts (250 words each)
Hobart and William Smith Colleges None
Ithaca College 1 prompt, 1 optional essay
Johns Hopkins University 1 prompt (300-500 words)
Juniata College None
Kalamazoo College 2 prompts (1 unspecified, 500 words for other)
Kenyon College None
Knox College 1 prompt (100-300 words)
Lafayette College 1 prompt (20-200 words), 1 optional (20-200 words)
Lawrence University 1 prompt (47 words)
Lehigh University 2 prompts (250-350 words, 150-250 words)
Lewis and Clark College 1 prompt (1 paragraph)
Loyola Marymount University 2 prompts (1 unspecified, 500-1,000 words for other)
Luther College None
Macalester College 2 prompts (1 unspecified, 250-500 words for other)
Marquette University None
Menlo College None
Miami University - Oxford None
Middlebury College None
Mills College 2 prompts (1 unspecified, 250 words for other)
Millsaps College None
Mount Holyoke College New 1 prompt (250-400 words)
Mount St. Marys University 1 prompt (250 words)
Muhlenberg College None
New York University 1 prompt (400 words)
North Carolina State 3 prompts
Northeastern University None
Northwestern University 1 optional prompt (highly recommended)
Notre Dame de Namur University None
Oberlin College 1 prompt (250 words)
Occidental College 4 prompts (1 x 128 words, 3 x 175 words)
Ohio Northern University 1 prompt
Ohio State University - Columbus None
Ohio University 0
Pepperdine University 2 prompts (50-300 words each)
Pitzer College 1 prompt (650 words)
Pomona College 1 prompt
Princeton University 3 prompts (1 x 250-650 words, 2 x 150 words)
Providence College 1 optional prompt (250 words)
Purdue University 3 prompts (1 unspecified, 2 x 100 words)
Reed College 1 prompt (200-500 words)
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 2 prompts
Rhodes College None
Rice University 3 prompts ( 2 x 150 words, 250 words)
Roger Williams University None
Saint Anselm 1 prompt (100 words)
Saint Johns College - MD 4 prompts (1 unspecified, 1 x 100 words, 2 x 250 words minimum). A fifth prompt is optional (250 words)
Saint Johns College - NM 4 prompts (1 unspecified, 1 x 100 words, 2 x 250 words minimum). A fifth prompt is optional (250 words)
Saint Johns University - MN None
Saint Louis University None
Saint Michaels College 1 prompt
Saint Olaf College 1 prompt (100 words), optional essay for scholarships
Salve Regina University 2 prompts (1 sentence, 50 words)
Santa Clara University 3 prompts (2 x 150 words, 1 x 150-300 words)
Sarah Lawrence College 1 prompt (250-500 words), 1 graded analytical paper recommended
Scripps College 2 prompts (200 words, 150-300 words)
Sewanee: The University of the South None
Skidmore College None
Smith College 1 prompt (200 words)
Soka University of America 2 prompts (500-750 words each)
Southern Methodist University 2 prompts (250 words each)
Southwestern University None
Spelman College None
St. Lawrence University None
St. Marys College of California 2 prompts (50-300 words for one, 150-500 words for other)
St. Marys College of Maryland 1 prompt
Stanford University 8 short answer (50 words), 3 prompts (1 x 100-250 words, 2 x 250 words)
State University of New York - Binghamton None
State University of New York - Environmental Science and Forestry 1 prompt
State University of New York - Geneseo None
State University of New York - Stony Brook None
Stonehill College None
Suffolk University None
Swarthmore College 1 prompt (150-250 words)
Syracuse University 2 prompts (250 words each)
Texas Christian University 2 prompts (100 words each)
The College of New Jersey None
Transylvania University 2 prompts
Trinity College 1 prompt (250-650 words)
Tufts University 3 prompts (1 x 50-100 words, 2 x 200-250 words)
Tulane University 1 prompt (unspecified length), 1 optional prompt (50-1,000 words)
Union College None
University of Chicago 2 prompts (1 unspecified, 1-2 pages for other) plus 1 optional prompt
University of Cincinnati 1 prompt (250 words)
University of Colorado - Boulder 1 prompt
University of Connecticut - Storrs None
University of Dayton None
University of Delaware 5 optional (3 x 200 words, 1 unspecified, 1 x 1-2 sentences)
University of Denver None
University of Kentucky 1 prompt (500 words)
University of La Verne None
University of Maine None
University of Massachusetts - Amherst None
University of Massachusetts - Lowell None
University of Miami None
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor 3 prompts (100 words, 250 words, 500 words)
University of New Hampshire None
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill 1 prompt (400-500 words)
University of Notre Dame 3 prompts (150-200 words each)
University of Pennsylvania 1 prompt (400-650 words)
University of Puget Sound None
University of Redlands 2 prompts
University of Rhode Island None
University of Richmond 1 prompt (650 words)
University of Rochester 1 prompt (250 words)
University of San Diego 2 prompts
University of San Francisco 1 prompt (150 words)
University of Southern California 2 prompts (250 words)
University of Tennessee - Knoxville 2 prompts
University of the Pacific None
University of Vermont None
University of Virginia 2 prompts (250 words each)
Vanderbilt University 1 prompt
Vassar College 2 prompts (350 words each)
Villanova University 1 prompt (1 page, double spaced)
Wabash College None
Wake Forest University 7 prompts (1 unspecified, 1 x 100-300 words, 4 x 75-150 words, top 10 list)
Washington and Lee College 2 optional prompts (250 words each), additional essays for scholarship consideration
Washington University at St. Louis None
Wellesley College 1 prompt
Wesleyan University None
Wheaton College - MA 2 prompts (200 words, 300 words)
Whitman College 1 prompt (250 words)
Whittier College 1 prompt
Willamette University None
Williams College 1 optional prompt (300 words)
Wofford College 2 prompts
Woodbury University None
Worcester Polytechnic Institute 1 prompt
Xavier University None
Yale University 3 prompts (2 x 100 words, 1 x 500 words)