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

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

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

    2. "Celebrate your nerdy side."

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

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

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

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

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

    8. “What's so odd about odd numbers?”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    20. "Tell us about spiders."

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

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

    23. "How do you define yourself?"

    The above college essay prompts are from the Common Application.