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Common App Essay Prompts

The Common Application (aka Common App) provides a way for students to apply to multiple colleges and universities. Over 900 institutions are participants of this platform.


The Common App offers students different essay prompts in which they choose and write a 250 - 650 word essay. Out of the seven prompts, they have updated one this year. The new prompt states:


"Reflect on something that someone has done for you that has made you happy or thankful in a surprising way. How has this gratitude affected or motivated you?"


Here are a few tips for students who select this prompt:

  • Considering this past year, how has it impacted you, and what are you grateful for?

  • Think about a time you've been grateful for someone else.

  • Tell a story of how gratitude has impacted your life.

  • Discuss the importance of being appreciative.

Whichever prompt you decide to use for your college essay, ensure it is thought provoking and stays true to who you are.


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