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please answer if you know about University of Oregon and the honors college!!


So I am applying for the University of Oregon Robert D. honors college. The application for the honors college and university of Oregon are all together but to apply to the honors college you need to write a separate essay for a separate prompt on the common app. The honors college essay has us respond to quotes and I responded to a Maya Angelo quote about prejudice. my essay was about how prejudice affected me and how I overcame it.

so university of Oregon application is made up of the common app essay and additional supplemental essays. There is one supplemental essay where I get to choose from writing about discrimination and what I learned from the experience and how I can bring that to the University, then another topic about how I can share my experiences and values with the community and offer support to others.

I wanted to really write about the discrimination and lessons that I learned from it that I can bring to the university but I feel like that essay will be too close to my honors college one and I’m not sure if they are assessing both the application for the regular university andcthe honors college together or separately. I’m not sure if I should just write the discrimination essay and with a few similar details from the honors college essay but then maybe make a focus on what I learned and how I can bring that to the University. I feel like the second prompt about my experiences isn’t strong enough essay that I can write passionately about because trust me, I have tried.

please help!!


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If your primary goal is to get into the honor's college because you already know you are getting into the regular college (like 7 out of 8 people get into UofO), then focus on the honor's college supplemental essay and make sure it's the best possible one you can write because the Application readers are going to be the ones who rule on who gets into the Honors College, not the other way around. If you know you are going to glide through door number 1, then focus on getting through door number 2. Don't pad up your common app essay for Honor's college essay. Pad up the Honors college essay to be the best one because they use that to differentiate the applicants besides your Stats including grades and test scores. GOOD LUCK. You'll be fine.

Thank you for your answer! I already written the honors college essay I’m just not sure if I should write about that similar topic on the supplemental essay for university of Oregon! could you please help with that?
I wouldn't write a redundant topic for the common app, it might be muddy the waters.
@matchakombucha gave good advice - try not to have any overlap with your essays for the same school, even for specialized programs. Also, if you want the UO essay breakdown for this year, check out this post:
Do you think I should just not write that one supplemental essay for the University of Oregon application and write the other supplementals? I know that I am more than capable of getting into the school but I'm not sure if it would affect my honors college application. I just don't want to write an essay that I consider uninspired because I always want to put my best foot forward.
In this case, you might pick the other option for your main application, and keep the prompt option you really like for Honors. The main application prompts are open-ended, so it's more likely that you'll be able to come up with a strong response, even if you're not initially drawn to the prompt.