Essay questions can address topics as creative as an unusual item you plan to take to college or as mundane as your favorite class, as specific as an influential piece of music or as broad as anything about yourself.
Questions for the essay vary by college in their specificity, originality and flexibility. Some even let you write your own questions.
To give you an idea of the variety you may encounter, here is a small sample of recent questions.
Describe someone who has had an infl uence on your life.
Write your own question and then answer it.
Describe a book or class that has challenged the way you think.
What things do you think the admission office should look at when deciding whom to accept?
What does good character mean to you?
If you could develop a specific skill what would it be? Why?
Is there anything unusual you plan to bring to college?
Is there anything that you would like to tell us that is not in the application?
If you could hold any government position what would it be and why?
Write about something that is important to you.
Include a small picture and describe the significance of the photo to you.
Our favorite question, however, comes from the University of Chicago which is famous (or infamous depending on how you feel) for coming up with extremely creative essay questions. In one recent year the question asked applicants to create their own TV show called CHICAGO SURVIVOR based on the reality TV show. The contestants, the university suggested, could come from any era of human history. Although this is unique, there are many students who have addressed this issue and got admission based on their responses.
While most colleges are not as creative (or diabolical) as this, they often give you a choice of questions. Some students stress about picking which one to answer. However, there really is no right question. The truth is that colleges don’t care which question you answer. Remember that more important than your actual answer to the question is what your answer says about you. Our advice when you are faced with a choice is to pick the question that you can answer most thoughtfully. Various universities adopt different methods / questions to ask the students to write about them. We have given only few questions which are typical in their nature.