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Lewis University

Romeoville, Illinois4-yearPrivate

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Lewis University’s 2023-24 Essay Prompts

Extracurricular Short Response

300 Words

1) Please briefly elaborate on your involvement with any kind of extracurricular activities (in or out of school) or work experiences.
2) If possible, please list 1-2 references for your extracurricular activities or work experience. Please include the person‘s name, position/title relative to your experience, and their email address.

Select-A-Prompt Short Response

Not Required
300 Words

Lewis University is very interested in learning more about our applicants besides the data included on your transcript and test scores. Please review the three topics below and submit a thoughtful and complete response in 300 words or less addressing at least one of the topics. Nursing majors must respond to topic #3 but can also address the other topics if needed.

All applicants, especially those applying as Test Optional, are strongly encouraged to submit a Common App essay and also complete the short Personal Statement. The written responses are important to help us better understand who you are as a potential member of our Lewis community. Responses must be your own written work (i.e. not generated through artificial intelligence systems) including full thoughts with proper grammar and punctuation.

Option 1

What characteristics and attributes do you possess that make you an ideal Lewis student and how will you enhance our university community?

Option 2

If you are concerned with any aspect of your transcript (e.g. under-performing grades for a certain semester or year, declining GPA, excessive absences, etc.), please offer an explanation of any extenuating circumstances that lead to those downfalls, how those circumstances have changed or been corrected, and/or what you have learned from those personal challenges.

Option 3

For NURSING MAJORS: Nursing school and the nursing profession can be challenging yet rewarding in so many ways. What characteristics or life experiences do you have that will help you remain resilient and focused to be a great nurse? Have you successfully managed a certain challenge, or setback? If so, how did that experience affect you and what did you learn from the experience?

Why This Major Short Response

Not Required
250 Words

All students should answer this question, especially nursing majors.

In 250 words or less, please discuss how you became interested in your chosen major and/or what you hope to accomplish with your degree. Do you have any personal experience related to the careers available with this major?

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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