These questions and comments appear on the Common Application website. Although no
word limit has been mentioned, for the last several years the limit has been an unchanging, strict, and very painful 650.
It is reasonable to expect the same this year.
2021 - 2022 Common Application Essay Prompts
- Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent
that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please
share your story.
- The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental
to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you
learn from the experience?
- Reflect on a time when you questioned
or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
- 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?
an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
- Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose
all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?
- Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written,
one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.
the Common App essay prompts, we want to give all applicants - regardless of background or access to counseling - the opportunity
to share their voice with colleges. Every applicant has a unique story. The essay helps bring that story to life," said Meredith
Lombardi, Associate Director, Outreach and Education, for The Common Application.