11 August 2016

Common App Extra Essay Requirements (2016-17)

Posted in Your College List, Class of 2021

commonapplogoThe Common App for 2016-17 is now live, and we've just wrapped up our analysis of the real number of short answer/essay prompts required for each school.  If you've been through this process before, you know that just because a school lacks a writing supplement doesn't mean there are no additional essays to complete.  Many schools in fact simply embed these prompts in the main application itself.

This post summarizes the prompts required for 200+ Common Application schools in our coverage universe.  Our definition of a prompt is a question that requires more than a one word or one sentence answer.  It's not perfect, but it should help you gauge the amount of writing you'll need to get through over the next few months.  It'll also help you identify schools that you can apply to without the need for extra essays!

Click on Continue Reading for the list.



Common Application Extra Prompt Requirements by School (2016-17)

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InstitutionExtra Short Answer/Essay Prompts
Beloit College3 quick takes
Boston College1 prompt (400 words)
Bucknell University1 prompt (250 words)
Bucknell University - Engineering1 prompt (250 words)
Bucknell University - Management1 prompt (250 words)
Butler University1 prompt (100 words)
Carleton College1 prompt (300 words)
College of Charleston1 optional (750 words); 1 prompt (650 words) + 1 optional for Honors applicants (500 words)
Colorado College1 prompt (300 words)
Dickinson College1 optional (150 words)
Furman UniversityOptional
Goucher College3 prompts (2 x 100 words, 1 x 10 words)
Harvey Mudd College2 prompts (1 x 500 words, 1 x 100 words)
Kenyon CollegeNone
Middlebury CollegeNone
Millsaps CollegeOptional
Northwestern University1 prompt (300 words) + 2 optional (200 words)
Oberlin CollegeNone
Quinnipiac UniversityBase only + 1 prompt for healthcare-related majors
Tulane University1 optional (250 words)
University of Texas - Austin4 prompts (1x 700 words, 3 x 300 words) + 1 optional (300 words)
Whitman CollegeNone
Berry College1 optional (500 words)
Washington & Jefferson CollegeOptional
Bucknell University - Arts and Sciences1 prompt (250 words)
Bethel University - MN2 prompts (800 words)
Augustana University - SDOptional
Ave Maria UniversityOptional
Viterbo UniversityOptional
Pennsylvania State University - HarrisburgOptional
Lincoln University - PAOptional
Oregon Institute of TechnologyOptional
Walsh UniversityOptional
Tiffin UniversityOptional
Ohio Dominican UniversityOptional; 1 prompt for test-optional applicants
University of Mount UnionNone
Marietta College1 prompt (800 words)
Heidelberg University1 prompt (250 words)
The University of FindlayOptional
State University of New York - PlattsburghNone
Long Island UniversityOptional
Lindenwood UniversityOptional
Drury UniversityOptional
St Catherine UniversityNone
Northern Michigan UniversityOptional
University of Northern IowaOptional
Southern Illinois University - CarbondaleOptional
Northeastern Illinois UniversityOptional
Otis College of Art and DesignNone
Capital UniversityOptional

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