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Ohio University’s 2023-24 Essay Prompts

Overcoming Challenges Short Response

Not Required
500 Words

This essay is optional. You may use this space to describe any academic challenges you have faced, your preparation for success in your academic and career objectives or any additional information that you would like to have associated with your application. You may also use this space to explain any discrepancies in your academic history that you believe are not representative of your potential for academic success.

Role Models/Personal History Short Response

Required
500 Words

We expect that one reason you seek a tutorial education is for the one-on-one interaction with faculty, but other than that, what interests you about pursuing a tutorial-based undergraduate education? What aspects of your education and life experience have prepared you for a tutorial education with its emphasis on research and creative activity?

Special Program Essay

Not Required

Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to submit an essay detailing how they want to help shape the future of journalism

Special Program Essay

Required
30 Pages

Submit a writing sample of at least 10 pages in length (up to 30 pages in total maximum). Though dramatic writing samples are typically preferred, writing samples can be any creative writing or academic/scholarly writing that you believe best represents your voice as an artist.

Select-A-Prompt Essay

Required

College of Fine Arts Film and Honors Tutorial College Film applicants are required to submit at least one of the following items


Option 1

Short essay


Option 2

Original screenplay


Option 3

Personal statement - should include the following:
Personal story - Describe an event in your life and how it changed you or someone close to you. This event can be dramatic and/or comedic and can be major or minor. Ultimately, we are looking for evidence of your potential as a storyteller. Please do not write about why or what led you to pursue a degree in film and television production.
Creative influences - How has a film, play, book, television series, painting, music, or other significant work of art inspired or influenced your own work or the way you look at the world?
Artistic statement - Describe your artistic goals and aspirations.


Option 4

Link to your relevant work(s) - should include one or more of the following items:
Short film(s) or clips of your work shot on film or video
Still photos
Written work (fiction, screenplay, essay)
Hand-drawn sketches, paintings, or computer-aided drawings
Photos of models, sculpture, or other 3-D work
Elements of theatrical production


Option 5

Creative resume
Should highlight your creative work, activities, and/or relevant employment.
This resume is distinct from your academic resume and should focus on your artistic and creative endeavors.
We also welcome information about any community service you‘ve done or part-time jobs you‘ve held. These do not have to be strictly creative if they illustrate and engagement with your community and/or a significant time commitment from you.

Honors College Essay

Required
500 Words

Please explain why you have chosen your particular program of study.

Common App Personal Essay

Required
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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