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What do CSU essay prompts typically look like?

Starting to think about my CSU applications and I heard their essay prompts can be quite unique. Does anyone have examples or insights into what they usually ask for?

7 months ago

Hi there! Great question. The California State University (CSU) system does not require essays for undergraduate application. That's right! Unlike many other US colleges and universities, CSU campuses focus on your academic achievements, such as your high school grades and test scores, if submitted.

Now, if you're applying to a specific program within a CSU that requires supplemental applications, such as EOP (Educational Opportunity Program), there might be short-answer questions or essays to provide more information about your background, life challenges, and educational goals. These prompts typically ask about your personal experiences and how they have shaped who you are and your academic journey.

If you need to write such essays, they're looking for authenticity and a clear sense of your personality and aspirations. So while you won't see traditional essay prompts for CSU admissions, be prepared to reflect on your experiences for any program-specific applications. Best of luck with your applications!

7 months ago

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