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The Ultimate List of College Essay Prompts (and How to Write Each Essay)

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Brad Schiller
Brad Schiller
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Congratulations on having written your personal statement! 

(If you haven’t written it yet, follow our guidance and get it done — we cover the Common App and UCAS; we also have comprehensive advice on Apply Texas and the University of California PIQs below.)

Now let’s keep going! This page isn’t about resting on your laurels — it’s about pushing you over the finish line as you plow through all the supplemental college essays that still lie ahead. Oh, those pesky colleges and their additional questions!

This is your ultimate supplemental college essay guide. We have all the prompts + all the tips for succeeding. Bookmark it now! You just might be back as you make your way through this.

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Use this fail-proof way to create college essay prompt ideas;Save this big list of college essay prompt examples for reference;Explore our best resources on Texas college essay prompts;Get help with UC college essay prompts;Dive into the Harvard college essay prompts

    Use this fail-proof way to create college essay prompt ideas

    We know coming up with great college essay ideas can be like finding a needle in an intellectual haystack. There’s stuff everywhere, but nothing is exactly what you’re looking for.

    This is why we’ve built some powerful tools to help you (1) figure out which essays you have to write based on your college list and (2) develop a list of perfect, personalized college essay ideas based on your unique experiences.

    Create a free Prompt account and you’ll get instant access to to our essay brainstorming tools.

    Save this big list of college essay prompt examples for reference

    We’ve rounded up every article we’ve written on essay prompts for specific schools. Each article also tells you exactly what to do to write the essays. 

    Hot tip: the best way to get through your college list is application-by-application. Don’t do an essay here and there. Start with the school you’re most excited to attend, and focus on their entire application. Then move on to second-most-excited to attend. 

    You’re graded holistically over your entire application, not essay-by-essay. That’s why it’s so important to think about the picture of yourself you paint over the entire application; not just in any one essay. 

    Explore our best resources on Texas college essay prompts

    Applying to a college in Texas? These are your guides.

    Get help with UC college essay prompts

    Applying to a college in California? These are your guides.

    If you’ll be applying to a University of California college, we recommend starting with the UC PIQs because the questions are highly re-useable in other applications. Getting them written first will help you through the entire application process.

    Read Everything You Need to Know About the UC PIQs

    We also have guides to the essays for the University of Southern California.

    Related: Learn about the University of California’s “test blind” system

    Everything you need for the essay supplements at Harvard, UCLA, and other top schools

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