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    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?"

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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."

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    Tufts University; Medford, Massachusetts.

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

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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?"

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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?"

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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?”

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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?"

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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.”

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    Colorado College; Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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

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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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