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Real Sample Essays for Your College Application Video

Real Sample Essays for Your College Application Video Transcript

Discover real essay questions for top universities. Students will learn sample questions from the 2006 common application used by over 200 universities in the United States. Students will also listen to real essay examples from the University of California education system as well as some of the quirkier and more outlandish questions asked by specific universities. Use this video to help plan and prepare thoughts for upcoming college applications.

Sample Essays for College Applications Video Overview

  1. Common Application Essay Questions
    • The essay must be 250 -- 500 words on one of the following six topics:
    • Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you took, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.
    • Discuss an issue of personal, local, national or international concern and its importance to you.
    • Think of a person who has had a significant influence on you and describe that influence.
    • Take a character in fiction, a historical figure, or creative work in art, music, science, etc. that has influenced you and describe that influence.
    • The range of academic interests, personal perspective and life experience adds much to your education. Describe an encounter that demonstrates the importance of diversity to you or what you would bring to the diversity of the college community.
    • The last essay topic is a topic of your choice.
  2. University of California Essay Questions
    • You must answer three questions for a total of no more than 1000 words. Choose one of the three and write about 600 words and then write 200 words for each of the remaining questions.
    • Academic preparation - how have you taken advantage of educational opportunities you have had to prepare for college?
    • Potential to contribute to the University of California. Tell us about a talent, experience, contribution or personal quality you will bring to the University of California.
    • Open ended question -- Is there anything you want us to know about your academic preparation that you have not had the opportunity to describe elsewhere on the college application?
  3. Individual College Applications
    • Some colleges have their own admissions applications with specific essay questions.
    • Some topics may seem bizarre, such as the University of Chicago's essay question about a jar of mustard a foot and a half tall!

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