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The Common Application evolves from year to year in an effort to best meet the admissions needs of member institutions. For the 2012 - 2013 application cycle, however, the changes are minor. Like last year, the essay needs to be in the 250 to 500 word range. The 500 word maximum was a change that has many critics -- 500 words isn't much space in which to present a fleshed-out idea -- but the hope is that admissions officers won't have to slog through so many long, rambling, poorly edited essays (learn more in this article on essay length).

The Common Application went live late on July 31st, and now is a good time to start working on your essay. The actual essay options have not changed since last year. In 250 to 500 words, students should respond to one of these prompts:

Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you. Discuss some issue of personal, local, national, or international concern and its importance to you. Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you, and describe that influence. Describe a character in fiction, a historical figure, or a creative work (as in art, music, science, etc.) that has had an influence on you, and explain that influence. A range of academic interests, personal perspectives, and life experiences adds much to the educational mix. Given your personal background, describe an experience that illustrates what you would bring to the diversity in a college community or an encounter that demonstrated the importance of diversity to you. Topic of your choice.

You can sign up to use the Common Application on the Common Application website.

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July 5, 2011 at 9:11 am
(1) Robert Schwartz says:

Great article, Allen! I look forward to your opinion on the changes to the College App. My phone is already ringing with parents wondering how they will navigate these changes, especially the ones happening to the essay portion of the app.

As the owner of a company that assists applicants with their essays, I know all too well how important those 500 words are. Although some argue grades are test scores are given greater weight, those essays can really make a difference.

Looking forward to your future articles on these and other subjects.

Robert Schwartz
Pres, yourbestcollegeessay.com
August 21, 2011 at 8:19 pm
(2) Mary says:

Robert,

Criminey!!! If this is the way you edit essays for your clients, they are in a much bigger trouble than if they did it themselves … “Although some argue grades ARE test scores are given greater weight …….” October 5, 2011 at 10:44 am

(3) Josh says:

Hey Mary!

Holy smokes!!!! If this is the way you post comments for random people who are just trying to leave an informative and supportive comment, perhaps you shouldn’t be on the internet! And also, if that is the way YOU speak, perhaps you shouldn’t act high-and-mighty about other people’s grammar, hmmmm? (‘They are in A much bigger trouble?’ Nice.)

October 12, 2011 at 12:40 pm
(4) Matt says:

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