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2012-2013 Common Application essay prompts

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As March approaches and spring break season nears, many high school juniors across the Kansas City metro area have not only begun their college search process, but will be traveling to visit collegiate campuses over the next few weeks and throughout the summer months.

And many juniors are already busy brainstorming college application essay topic ideas! For these students, there is good news for those intending to apply for admission to one or more of the 456 colleges and universities that utilize the Common Application.

The Common App essay prompts for the 2012-2013 academic year/application season will remain the same:

  • Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.
  • Discuss some issue of personal, local, national, or international concern and its importance to you.
  • Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you, and describe that influence.
  • Describe a character in fiction, a historical figure, or a creative work (as in art, music, science, etc.) that has had an influence on you, and explain that influence.
  • A range of academic interests, personal perspectives, and life experiences adds much to the educational mix. Given your personal background, describe an experience that illustrates what you would bring to the diversity in a college community or an encounter that demonstrated the importance of diversity to you.
  • Topic of your choice.

Current juniors are invited to not only begin preparing their application essay, but to explore the Common App website. However, students should note that although they may create a username and password while investigating the site options, all accounts will be cleared on July 15, 2012. Applicants will then need to create a new user account for the 2012-2013 application cycle.

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