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.
2023 - 2024 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?
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?
- Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal
growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
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?
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.
"Through 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.