22 Of The Most Creative College Essay Questions From 2013

What sets your heart on fire?

1. “What does #YOLO mean to you?”

Tufts University, Medford, Mass.

Total undergraduate enrollment: 5,255

2. “Describe your favorite ‘Bazinga’ moment.”

Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Penn.

Total undergraduate enrollment: 4,883

3. “Winston Churchill believed ‘a joke is a very serious thing.’ Tell us your favorite joke and try to explain the joke without ruining it.”

University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill.

Total undergraduate enrollment: 5,990

4. “Anna Quindlen says that she ‘majored in unafraid’ at Barnard. Tell us about a time when you majored in unafraid.”

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Barnard College, New York, N.Y.

Total undergraduate enrollment: 2,504

5. “What matters to you, and why?”

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Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.

Total undergraduate enrollment: 7,063

6. “What makes you happy?”

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Tufts University, Medford, Mass.

Total undergraduate enrollment: 5,255

7. “To tweet or not to tweet?”

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University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

Total undergraduate enrollment: 15,822

8. “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, N.Y.

Total undergraduate enrollment: 2,504

9. “What’s your favorite word and why?”

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University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

Total undergraduate enrollment: 15,822

10. “What do you hope to find over the rainbow?”

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, N.C.

Total undergraduate enrollment: 18,503

11. “You’ve just reached your 1 millionth hit on your YouTube video. What is the video about?”

Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Penn.

Total undergraduate enrollment: 4,883

12. “Give us your top 10 list.”

Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C.

Total undergraduate enrollment: 4,815

13. “Imagine looking through a window. What are you are seeing and why it is meaningful to you?”

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Williams College, Williamstown, Mass.

Total undergraduate enrollment: 2,052

14. “Describe yourself as fully and accurately as possible in 140 characters.”

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Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C.

Total undergraduate enrollment: 4,815

15. “Take a blank sheet of paper. Do with this page what you wish. Your only limitations are the boundaries of this page. You don’t have to submit anything, but we hope you will use your imagination.”

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Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas

Total undergraduate enrollment: 8,456

16. “What outrages you? What are you doing about it?”

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Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C.

Total undergraduate enrollment: 4,815

17. “Please tell us about a gift, given or received, that was particularly meaningful to you.”

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Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

Total undergraduate enrollment: 2,664

18. “Pick a movie or novel where the protagonist makes a difficult choice. Do you agree or disagree with the decision he or she made?”

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Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Penn.

Total undergraduate enrollment: 3,536

19. “What sets your heart on fire?”

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Villanova University, Villanova, Penn.

Total undergraduate enrollment: 7,100

20. “If your name were an acronym, what would it stand for and how would it reflect your strengths and personality?”

Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Penn.

Total undergraduate enrollment: 4,883

21. “What is the best piece of advice you have received while in high school?”

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Yale University, New Haven, Conn.

Total undergraduate enrollment: 5,405

22. “What is the first thing that comes to mind when you see the word ‘future’?”

Carleton College, Northfield, Minn.

Total undergraduate enrollment: 2,055

The above college essay prompts are from the Common Application.

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