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How many essay prompts are there on the Common App?

Kind of stressed about the amount of writing I'll need to do. Does anyone know how many essay prompts the Common App has, and if you have to write an essay for each one?

7 months ago

Hey there! No need to feel stressed. The Common App provides a total of seven essay prompts, and you only need to write one essay.

The prompts offer a range of topics, so you can choose the one that you feel most comfortable with or think you can write the most compelling essay about. The idea is to select a prompt that allows you to share something meaningful about who you are or what matters to you. For example, some students pick a prompt that lets them tell a story about a significant experience that shaped them, while others might choose to talk about a person who has had a profound influence on their lives. Keep in mind, the goal is to show admissions officers your personality and how you think, so really put your heart into whichever prompt speaks to you most.

Also, remember that many schools will have their own supplemental essays, so you might have more writing to do depending on where you're applying. Just take each essay one at a time, give yourself plenty of moments to brainstorm and revise, and you'll do great!

7 months ago

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