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Answering the Updated Elon Supplements for 2019-20

There have been some changes to the Elon Supplements for the 2019-20 application cycle. Most importantly, they've added a new, required "Why Elon" essay prompt. It's extremely simple!

Why Elon? (200-250 words)

The key to any "Why Us" essay is connecting your goals with resources available at the school. Start your brainstorming process by writing down 2-4 ways you want to change in college. Here's a list from an example student.

    • Ways I want to grow in college:
      • Become a more creative problem-solver
      • Improve my teamwork skills
      • Gain a new perspective on scientific research by studying abroad

Once you have your list, you can dive into the Elon website and research. Find specific examples of resources that will help you grow and transform, and take notes!

For more tips on the "Why This School" essay, check out our handy guide!


Main Essay

At Elon, you have the option of using the Common App, the Coalition App, or a university-specific application. However, even if you choose the university-specific application, you'll be able to re-use your Common Application Personal Statement. That's what we recommend. After all, you've worked hard on it! Check out our guide to the Common App essay here.

As you write the rest of your Elon supplements, keep your main essay in mind, and avoid repeating information. This is your chance to show even more of what makes you who you are!


Short Answer Questions

In addition to writing the required essays, you’ll have the opportunity to respond to some short answer questions for the Elon supplements. This is optional, but don’t skip it! It’s a great way to add some personality to your application.

Think Fast: The Admissions Committee enjoys getting to know Elon applicants.

  • It's 2040. What's today's headline?
  • If you could create a food truck, what type of food would you serve? Name the truck.
  • Name three songs from your perfect playlist.


Your “Think Fast” responses may only be 30 words long, but you can still provide compelling answers. Here are some tips:

    • Try to incorporate one of your interests, values, or goals into each response.
    • For questions where you are asked to make a choice, explain why you would make that choice.
    • For example, in response to the food truck question, you might write:
      • "I like caring for people, so my food truck, "Hug in a Cup," would deliver spicy broths, calming teas and warming hot chocolates to stressed students during finals."
Get started with our free brainstorming tools!

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