COMMON APP: Essays and More Essays

Posted on Aug 28, 2014 3:34:00 PM

One of the biggest changes – and challenges - in this year’s Common App is the location of individual colleges’ additional essays. Last year, if a college required additional essays, you could easily find them in the college’s Writing Supplement. If a college didn’t require additional essays, then no Writing Supplement appeared for that college. Simple! And to simplify further, Common App’s Dashboard indicated which of your selected colleges required a Writing Supplement. Not so simple this year….

For the 2014-2015 Common Application, more than half of the 551 member colleges have additional essay requirements. Colleges have the option to insert additional essay questions in either or both the Writing Supplement and the Questions Page. And since every college has a Questions Page, the presence of that page isn’t necessarily indicative of additional required essays. From confusion to chaos: the Common App Dashboard, where you track your overall application progress, indicates the presence of a college’s Writing Supplement, but not if the college has additional essays on its Questions Page.

Let me almost eliminate the confusion for you! Below you’ll find a list of Common App colleges that have additional essays – along with where you can find them! Keep in mind, however, that you must submit the Common Application along with the extra essays at the same time for colleges whose essays are on their Questions Page.

On the other hand, for colleges whose essays are in their Writing Supplement, you will submit the Common Application first and the Writing Supplement afterwards, giving you more time to complete the extra essays. (But don’t procrastinate! Aim to submit your Supplement within a week of submitting the Common App to that college.)

Please note that the way colleges label their questions on the Questions Page is not consistent. So don’t be surprised when essay questions show up in areas labeled “Granola” or “Academics” or even the more obvious “Essay Questions.”

Finally, we come to the “stealth,” or hidden essays. Tricky tricky. To quote my Virginia colleague Nancy Griesemer, some colleges use “triggers” to prompt these additional essays. That is, an additional essay question will pop up on the screen as a result of your answer to a particular question. For example, for some test-optional colleges, stealth essay questions appear only if you first indicate that you’re not sending your scores for consideration in the application process. Other stealth essay questions pop up as a result of your response to a question about your intended major. Like Houdini, Common App can make an essay magically appear where previously there had been none.

One last helpful hint: Subscribe to CollegeEssayOrganizer.com and you’ll be provided with a list of all essays for all of your colleges. Presto!

Of the 551 member colleges, 139 include additional essay questions on their Questions Page, 127 put their extra essays in their Writing Supplement, and 19 colleges put them in both places!

 

Common App Member College

Where You’ll Find Their Extra Essays

Adelphi University

Writing Supplement only

Agnes Scott College

Member Questions only

Albany College of Pharmacy

Member Questions only

Albion College

Member Questions only

Alma College

Member Questions only

American Jewish University

Member Questions only

American University

Writing Supplement only

Amherst College

Writing Supplement only

Arcadia University

Writing Supplement only

Assumption College

Member Questions only

Austin College

Member Questions only

Babson College

Member Questions & Writing Supplement

Baldwin Wallace University

Writing Supplement only

Bard College Berlin

Member Questions only

Barnard College

Writing Supplement only

Bates College

Writing Supplement only

Belmont University

Writing Supplement only

Bennington College

Member Questions & Writing Supplement

Bentley University

Writing Supplement only

Bethany College

Member Questions only

Boston College

Writing Supplement only

Boston University

Member Questions only

Bowdoin College

Member Questions only

Brandeis University

Writing Supplement only

Brown University

Member Questions & Writing Supplement

Bryant University

Writing Supplement only

Bryn Mawr College

Writing Supplement only

Bucknell University

Member Questions only

California College of the Arts

Member Questions only

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

Member Questions only

Calvin College

Member Questions only

Carleton College

Member Questions & Writing Supplement

Carnegie Mellon University

Writing Supplement only

Case Western Reserve University

Member Questions only

Cedar Crest College

Writing Supplement only

Centenary College (Louisiana)

Writing Supplement only

Centenary College (NJ)

Member Questions only

Centre College

Member Questions only

Chapman University

Member Questions & Writing Supplement

Chatham University

Writing Supplement only

Christian Brothers University

Member Questions only

Christopher Newport University

Member Questions only

Claremont McKenna College

Member Questions only

Clark University

Member Questions only

Coe College

Member Questions only

Colby-Sawyer College

Member Questions only

Colgate University

Writing Supplement only

College of the Atlantic

Member Questions only

College of Wooster

Member Questions only

Colorado College

Member Questions & Writing Supplement

Colorado State University

Member Questions only

Columbia University

Writing Supplement only

Connecticut College

Member Questions only

Cornell College

Writing Supplement only

Cornell University

Writing Supplement only

Creighton University

Member Questions only

Dartmouth College

Writing Supplement only

Davidson College

Writing Supplement only

Delaware Valley College

Member Questions only

Denison University

Member Questions only

DePaul University

Writing Supplement only

Dickinson College

Writing Supplement only

Dominican University of California

Writing Supplement only

Drew University

Member Questions only

Drexel University

Writing Supplement only

Duke University

Writing Supplement only

Earlham College

Member Questions only

Elizabethtown College

Writing Supplement only

Elms College

Writing Supplement only

Emerson College

Writing Supplement only

Emory University

Member Questions only

Eugene Lang College - The New School

Writing Supplement only

Fairfield University

Member Questions only

Fisk University

Writing Supplement only

Flagler College

Writing Supplement only

Fontbonne University

Writing Supplement only

Franklin and Marshall College

Member Questions only

Franklin University Switzerland

Writing Supplement only

Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

Member Questions only

Furman University

Member Questions only

George Fox University

Member Questions only

Georgia Institute of Technology

Member Questions only

Georgia State University

Member Questions only

Gonzaga University

Member Questions only

Goucher College

Member Questions only

Green Mountain College

Writing Supplement only

Hamilton College

Member Questions only

Hamline University (MN)

Member Questions only

Hampshire College

Writing Supplement only

Harvard College

Member Questions & Writing Supplement

Harvey Mudd College

Member Questions only

Haverford College

Writing Supplement only

Hawai'i Pacific University

Member Questions only

Hendrix College

Member Questions only

Heythrop College, University of London

Member Questions only

High Point University

Member Questions only

Hillsdale College

Member Questions only

Hobart & William Smith Colleges

Member Questions only

Hofstra University

Writing Supplement only

Hult International Business School

Writing Supplement only

Illinois Institute of Technology

Member Questions only

Illinois Wesleyan University

Member Questions only

Immaculata University

Writing Supplement only

Institute of International Education (IIE)

Writing Supplement only

Ithaca College

Member Questions only

Jacobs University Bremen

Writing Supplement only

John Cabot University in Rome

Member Questions only

Johns Hopkins University

Writing Supplement only

Kalamazoo College

Member Questions & Writing Supplement

Keele University

Member Questions only

King's College London

Member Questions only

Knox College

Member Questions only

La Roche College

Writing Supplement only

Lafayette College

Writing Supplement only

Lake Erie College

Writing Supplement only

Lake Forest College

Member Questions only

Lasell College

Writing Supplement only

Lawrence University

Member Questions only

Lehigh University

Writing Supplement only

Lewis & Clark College

Member Questions only

Linfield College

Member Questions only

List College (JTS)

Writing Supplement only

Loyola Marymount University

Member Questions only

Loyola University Maryland

Member Questions only

Lyndon State College

Writing Supplement only

Macalester College

Member Questions & Writing Supplement

Marist College

Writing Supplement only

Marlboro College

Member Questions only

Marquette University

Writing Supplement only

Maryville University of St. Louis

Writing Supplement only

Massachusetts College Of Pharmacy

Writing Supplement only

McDaniel College

Writing Supplement only

Meredith College

Member Questions only

Miami University (Ohio)

Member Questions only

Mills College

Member Questions only

MODUL University Vienna

Writing Supplement only

Monmouth University

Writing Supplement only

Moravian College

Member Questions only

Mount Holyoke College

Writing Supplement only

Naropa University

Member Questions only

Nazareth College

Member Questions only

New Jersey Institute of Technology

Member Questions only

New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)

Writing Supplement only

New York University

Writing Supplement only

Newberry College

Writing Supplement only

Northland College

Member Questions only

Northwestern University

Writing Supplement only

Northwestern University in Qatar

Writing Supplement only

Oberlin College

Writing Supplement only

Occidental College

Member Questions only

Oglethorpe University

Writing Supplement only

Otterbein University

Member Questions only

Pace University

Member Questions only

Pacific University Oregon

Member Questions only

Pepperdine University

Member Questions only

Philadelphia University

Member Questions only

Pitzer College

Writing Supplement only

Pomona College

Member Questions only

Presbyterian College

Writing Supplement only

Prescott College

Writing Supplement only

Princeton University

Member Questions & Writing Supplement

Providence College

Member Questions only

Purdue University

Member Questions only

Quinnipiac University

Member Questions only

Reed College

Writing Supplement only

Regis College

Writing Supplement only

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Writing Supplement only

Rhode Island School of Design

Writing Supplement only

Rice University

Writing Supplement only

Richard Stockton College of NJ

Writing Supplement only

Richmond (London)

Writing Supplement only

Riga Business School

Member Questions only

Roanoke College

Member Questions only

Roberts Wesleyan College

Member Questions only

Rowan University

Member Questions only

Saint Anselm College

Member Questions only

Saint Mary's College of California

Member Questions only

Saint Michael's College

Member Questions only

Saint Peter's University

Writing Supplement only

Salem College

Member Questions only

Salve Regina University

Member Questions only

Santa Clara University

Member Questions & Writing Supplement

Sarah Lawrence College

Member Questions only

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Member Questions only

Scripps College

Member Questions only

Seattle Pacific University

Member Questions only

Seattle University

Member Questions only

Seton Hall University

Member Questions only

Siena College

Writing Supplement only

Sierra Nevada College

Writing Supplement only

Simmons College

Writing Supplement only

Smith College

Writing Supplement only

Soka University of America

Writing Supplement only

Southern Methodist University

Writing Supplement only

Spelman College

Writing Supplement only

Springfield College

Writing Supplement only

St. Bonaventure University

Writing Supplement only

St. Edward's University

Member Questions only

St. John's College (MD)

Writing Supplement only

St. John's College (NM)

Writing Supplement only

St. Louis College of Pharmacy

Member Questions only

St. Mary's College of Maryland

Member Questions only

St. Olaf College

Writing Supplement only

Stanford University

Member Questions only

Sterling College

Writing Supplement only

Stetson University

Writing Supplement only

Stevens Institute of Technology

Writing Supplement only

Stevenson University

Member Questions only

Stonehill College

Member Questions only

SUNY College of Environmental Science

Member Questions only

SUNY New Paltz

Writing Supplement only

SUNY Purchase College

Writing Supplement only

SUNY Stony Brook University

Writing Supplement only

Swarthmore College

Member Questions only

Syracuse University

Member Questions only

Texas Christian University

Member Questions only

The American University of Paris

Member Questions only

The College of New Rochelle

Writing Supplement only

The College of William & Mary

Member Questions only

The George Washington University

Writing Supplement only

The Ohio State University

Member Questions only

The University of Oklahoma

Writing Supplement only

Transylvania University

Writing Supplement only

Trinity Christian College

Member Questions only

Tufts University

Writing Supplement only

Union College

Member Questions & Writing Supplement

University of Aberdeen

Member Questions only

University of Birmingham England

Member Questions only

University of Bristol

Member Questions only

University of Chicago

Writing Supplement only

University of Cincinnati

Member Questions only

University of Colorado Boulder

Writing Supplement only

University of Connecticut

Writing Supplement only

University of Dallas

Member Questions only

University of Delaware

Member Questions & Writing Supplement

University of Evansville

Writing Supplement only

University of Illinois at Chicago

Member Questions only

University of Kentucky

Member Questions only

University of Mary Washington

Member Questions only

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Member Questions & Writing Supplement

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Writing Supplement only

University of Michigan

Member Questions only

University of North Carolina Asheville

Member Questions only

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Member Questions only

University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Member Questions only

University of Notre Dame

Writing Supplement only

University of Pennsylvania

Writing Supplement only

University of Portland

Member Questions only

University of Puget Sound

Writing Supplement only

University of Redlands

Member Questions only

University of Rhode Island

Writing Supplement only

University of Richmond

Writing Supplement only

University of Rochester

Member Questions & Writing Supplement

University of Saint Joseph

Writing Supplement only

University of San Diego

Member Questions only

University of Southern California

Member Questions & Writing Supplement

University of St Andrews

Writing Supplement only

University of Stirling

Member Questions only

University of Strathclyde

Member Questions only

University of Virginia

Writing Supplement only

Ursinus College

Writing Supplement only

Vanderbilt University

Member Questions only

Vassar College

Writing Supplement only

Vesalius College

Member Questions only

Villanova University

Writing Supplement only

Virginia Commonwealth University

Member Questions only

Wabash College

Writing Supplement only

Wagner College

Member Questions only

Wake Forest University

Member Questions & Writing Supplement

Warren Wilson College

Writing Supplement only

Washington and Lee University

Writing Supplement only

Wellesley College

Writing Supplement only

Wesleyan University

Writing Supplement only

Westmont College

Member Questions only

Wheaton College

Member Questions only

Wheeling Jesuit University

Writing Supplement only

Whitman College

Writing Supplement only

Whittier College

Writing Supplement only

Williams College

Member Questions & Writing Supplement

Wilson College

Writing Supplement only

Wofford College

Member Questions only

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Member Questions only

Yale University

Member Questions only

Yale-NUS College

Writing Supplement only

 

 

 


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