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15 Of The Most Creative College Essay Prompts From 2015

"What would you do over, and why?"

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1. "Hashtags trend worldwide. Give us a hashtag you wish were trending. #__________________ Why?"

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—Wake Forest University; Winston-Salem, North Carolina

2. "Science and society are filled with rules, theories, and laws...In baseball, three strikes and you're out. A green light on a roadway means 'go.' Pick any law and explain its significance to you."

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—Tufts University; Medford, Massachusetts

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

—Dartmouth College; Hanover, New Hampshire
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—Dartmouth College; Hanover, New Hampshire

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4. "Identify a recent Facebook post, Tweet, text, Instagram photo, Snap, blog post, or WeChat post of yours. What does it reveal about you and your digital footprint?"

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—University of Notre Dame; Notre Dame, Indiana

5. "There are 27 amendments to the Constitution of the US. What should be the 28th?"

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

6. "You get one do-over of any moment in your life. What would you do over, and why?"

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

7. "Rerhceseras say it’s siltl plisbsoe to raed txet wtih olny the frist and lsat ltteres in palce. This is beaucse the hamun mnid can fnid oderr in dorsdier. Give us your best example of finding order in disorder."

—University of Chicago; Chicago, Illinois
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—University of Chicago; Chicago, Illinois

8. "Orange is the new black, fifty’s the new thirty, comedy is the new rock ‘n’ roll, ____ is the new ____. What’s in, what’s out, and why is it being replaced?"

—University of Chicago; Chicago, Illinois
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—University of Chicago; Chicago, Illinois

9. "Imagine that you just completed your visit to Lehigh University. What would you Tweet about us and why?"

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—Lehigh University; Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

10. "We have all heard the saying, 'laughter is the best medicine.' Recount a time when something really made you laugh."

—Smith College; Northampton, Massachusetts
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—Smith College; Northampton, Massachusetts

11. "Saint Augustine said, 'Lord, let me know myself, let me know you.' Describe a relationship that has helped you to know yourself better."

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—Villanova University; Villanova, Pennsylvania

12. "Imagine yourself in a tutorial at Williams. Of anyone in the world, whom would you choose to be the other student in the class, and why?"

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—Williams College; Williamstown, Massachusetts

13. "Carlos Ruiz Zafon wrote in The Shadow Of The Wind, 'Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it...' What book would you recommend?"

—Bennington College; Bennington, Vermont
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—Bennington College; Bennington, Vermont

14. "Carleton [College] is powered by wind turbines. What empowers you?"

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—Carleton College; Northfield, Minnesota

15. "Teen activist and 2014 Nobel Peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai said, 'I raise up my voice — not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard.' For whom have you raised your voice?"

—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

The above college essay prompts are from the Common Application.

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