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Roger Williams University | RWU

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Roger Williams University | RWU’s 2023-24 Essay Prompts

Diversity Short Response

Not Required
500 Words

In what ways do you believe your distinctive experiences and background would positively impact and enrich our university community? (please feel free to respond in your own authentic voice, and use any format – including bullet points - to share a brief statement)

Honors Program Short Response 1

300 Words

Why do you wish to participate in the RWU Honors Program? What do you hope to gain and what will you contribute?

Honors Program Short Response 2

300 Words

All of us want to make a difference in the world. Tell us about something you have done that made a difference in your community or the world. Why was it important to you and meaningful to others? What did you learn? Alternatively, tell us how you hope to use your Roger Williams University education to change the world. Be as specific and detailed as you can.

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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