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Agnes Scott College

Decatur, Georgia4-yearPrivate

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Agnes Scott College’s 2023-24 Essay Prompts

Where Would You Visit Short Response


If you could visit anywhere, where would you go and why?

Why This College Short Response

100 Words

Why did you choose to apply to Agnes Scott College?

Leadership Short Response

100 Words

Agnes Scott’s innovative SUMMIT experience teaches our students that leadership is more than a position. Describe a quality of leadership that you have learned in high school and how you wish to apply that quality in the future.

Global Issues Short Response

100 Words

As part of Agnes Scott’s SUMMIT experience, our courses focus on seeing the world from a global perspective, and our students have the opportunity to do so first-hand during their SUMMIT Journeys trip in their first-year. What is a global issue that is important to you, and how can you imagine yourself addressing that issue during your time at Agnes Scott?

Influential Leader Short Response

100 Words

Tell us about a leader you admire. Who are they and how have they influenced you?

Favorite Book Short Response


What‘s your favorite book you have read outside the classroom (not assigned reading) and why?

Common App Personal Essay

650 words

The essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice. What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores? Choose the option that best helps you answer that question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, using the prompt to inspire and structure your response. Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal. Use the full range if you need it, but don‘t feel obligated to do so.

Option 1

Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.

Option 2

The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?

Option 3

Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?

Option 4

Reflect on something that someone has done for you that has made you happy or thankful in a surprising way. How has this gratitude affected or motivated you?

Option 5

Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.

Option 6

Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?

Option 7

Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you‘ve already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.

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