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Advanced Placement English/ English Literature
College Application Essay

The essay topics below have been used by major colleges and universities within the past several years to assist them in determining which applicants to admit. In many cases I have indicated the college source, but you should be aware that many of these topics are used by more than one college. Select two of the topics to use for one to two page (approximately 350-900 words) essays. Be sure to consider #34 if you have a specific school in mind.

Due: September 17th, 2010

1.Attach a small photograph of something important to you and explain its significance. Stanford 2.Tell us about a conversation you've had that changed your perspective or was otherwise meaningful to you. Stanford 3.Tell one story about yourself that would best provide us, either directly or indirectly, with an insight into the kind of person you are. For example, the story can simply relate a personal experience, or a humorous anecdote; it can tell about an especially significant academic encounter or about an unusual test of character. The possibilities are unlimited (well, almost so). You choose. Just relax and write it. Princeton 4.Sartre said "Hell is other people," while Streisand sang, "People who need people are the luckiest people in the world." With whom do you agree? Amherst 5.If you could hold a conversation with someone (living or deceased) you consider significant, who would you talk to and what would you talk about? Describe your conversation. University of Oregon 6.Describe your hometown and how you are a product of this environment. Puget Sound 7.Describe how a piece of art, a work of literature, or a dramatic presentation has had a significant impact on your intellectual development and your appreciation of the fine arts. Santa Clara University 8.If you could go back and change one day in your life, what would you change and why? Santa Clara University 9.Tell us about the most embarrassing moment of your life. Santa Clara University 10.Seattle Pacific University seeks to admit students who will best succeed in and benefit from an environment where learning and Christian faith are integrated (although a profession of Christian faith is not required for admission). How would enrolling at SPU help you accomplish your educational and personal goals? Seattle Pacific University 11.What are the responsibilities of an educated person? University of Puget Sound 12. At Colorado College, diversity is considered an integral component of every student's liberal arts education. Discuss your division of "diversity" and the ways in which you expect it to affect your college experience. Colorado College 13.Name one book you have read in the past year, describe your reason for considering this book significant and what you gained from reading it. Lewis and Clark College 14.Tell us about yourself. University of California

15.The subject of food is never far from our minds here in College Admissions. It is a topic of serious conversation this year on campus, too, with the publication of a book called The Hungry Soul: Eating and the Perfecting of our Nature, by Leon Kass, M.D., a Chicago faculty member who teaches in the College. The book takes a philosophical look at what food, eating, and table manners have to tell us about our human estate. Compose an essay about a memorable meal you have eaten. We are especially interested in the details: the occasion, your company at this meal, its physical setting, the kinds of foods you ate, or their preparation. University of Chicago 16.Discuss a significant experience or achievement that has influenced your life.

17.Discuss how some negative experience (disability, illness, failure) has had a positive influence on your life. 18.Discuss how your travel experiences have affected you as a student and a citizen of the world. 19.Describe a personal habit that helps to define you...
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