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23 Of The Most Creative College Essay Prompts From 2014–2015

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1. "If you were to write the story of your life until now, what would you title it and why?"

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Emerson College; Boston, Massachusetts.

2. "Celebrate your nerdy side."

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Tufts University; Medford, Massachusetts.

3. "Whether you are goal tending or cheering from the stands, celebrate the role of sports in your life."

Tufts University; Medford, Massachusetts.
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Tufts University; Medford, Massachusetts.

4. "What do you see as the biggest threat to civility?"

Wake Forest University; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
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Wake Forest University; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

5. "Pick one woman in history or fiction to converse with for an hour and explain your choice. What would you talk about?"

Barnard College; New York, New York.
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Barnard College; New York, New York.

6. "You’ve just reached your one millionth hit on your YouTube video. What is the video about?"

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Lehigh University; Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

7. "If your name were an acronym, what would it stand for and how would it reflect your strengths and personality?"

Lehigh University; Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
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Lehigh University; Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

8. “What's so odd about odd numbers?”

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University of Chicago; Chicago, Illinois.

9. "Why are you here and not somewhere else?”

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University of Chicago; Chicago, Illinois.

10. "You were just invited to speak at the White House. Write your speech."

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

11. "Tell us about a time when you experienced a 'micro-moment of connection.' What did you learn?”

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

12. "What one invention would you uninvent if you could, and why?"

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Brandeis University; Waltham, Massachusetts.

13. “Tell us about an unjust law, written or unwritten, that you believe should be broken.”

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Brandeis University; Waltham, Massachusetts.

14. “You are writing your autobiography. Imagine what you would say on page 54 about yourself and your experiences.”

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Hampshire College; Amherst, Massachusetts.

15. "Imagine a scientist and artist coming together for a conversation about color. How do you think this exchange would go?"

Hampshire College; Amherst, Massachusetts.
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Hampshire College; Amherst, Massachusetts.

16. “A good story starts with a good beginning. Get us hooked in the first 150 words.”

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University of Notre Dame; Notre Dame, Indiana.

17. “The founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross described education as ‘the art of helping young people to completeness.’ How are you incomplete?”

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University of Notre Dame; Notre Dame, Indiana.

18. “Every name tells a story: Tell us about your name — any name: first, middle, last, nickname — and its origin.”

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Dartmouth College; Hanover, New Hampshire.

19. “When you meet someone for the first time, what do you want them to know about you, but generally don’t tell them?”

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Dartmouth College; Hanover, New Hampshire.

20. "Tell us about spiders."

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University of Richmond; Richmond, Virginia.

21. “Design your own three-and-a-half week course and describe what you would do.”

Colorado College; Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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Colorado College; Colorado Springs, Colorado.

22. "What's a question that has changed how you understand the world? What changed?"

Bennington College; Bennington, Vermont.
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Bennington College; Bennington, Vermont.

23. "How do you define yourself?"

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Babson College; Wellesley, Massachusetts.

The above college essay prompts are from the Common Application.

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