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Antioch College

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Antioch College’s 2023-24 Essay Prompts

Why This Major Essay

Not Required

Use this space to tell us a bit more about the discipline(s) on which you would like to design your major. Be as specific as possible. For example: Writing and Environmental Science, Social Activism and Community Engagement, Preparation for medical school, etc. You may leave this blank if your choice above sufficiently explains what you intend to study.

Why This Major Short Response

Not Required
200 Words

Tell us more about what you’d like to study in college and why. Remember, Antioch College doesn’t offer traditional majors. Consider how your academic and personal interests might work well with our flexible, personalized self-designed major pathway.
If you are unsure, tell us about the academic subjects that most interest you.

Why This College Short Response

200 Words

What aspects of the Antioch College experience prompted you to apply? Here, we are asking you to talk about specifics in the curriculum, faculty, campus life, or Co-op that most resonate with you. Base your answer on something you’ve read, a conversation you’ve had with an admissions counselor, or other research you’ve done about Antioch College.

Co-op Short Response

200 Words

Antioch College is a Cooperative Education (Co-op) school, which means you will complete at least three field experiences by the time you graduate. Co-ops are typically full-time, compensated work placements, but they can also be research appointments, independent work or learning, or other experience-based opportunities. Explain the value of experiential, hands-on learning in your educational journey.

Additional Info Short Response

Not Required
250 Words

If you wish to provide additional details about circumstances or qualifications not otherwise reflected in your application please do so in the space below.

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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