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Stevenson University

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Stevenson University’s 2023-24 Essay Prompts

Why This College Short Response

150 Words

Why do you feel you will do well at Stevenson University? What do you think you can contribute to the Stevenson community?

Nursing Short Response

150 Words

What has influenced you to study Nursing? Why do you think you would be a good nurse?

Leadership/Service Scholars Short Response

200 Words

The University Service Scholars and Leadership Scholars all provide enriching experiences to a select cohort of students, although each has its own focus and opportunities. Please tell us why the program you listed as your first choice is of primary interest to you and why you should be selected.

Select-A-Prompt Short Response

500 Words

To be considered for Leadership and Service Scholars, help us understand your relevant views and experiences. Please choose one of the following questions to answer.

Option 1

1. Recall your most meaningful service-based experience, a time you were inspired to create positive change, or an impactful experience working with someone different from yourself. Describe what inspired your action, what you learned from the experience and how it influenced and/or shaped who you are today.

Option 2

2. Choose an issue area or population (i.e. homelessness, youth education, immigration, aging, etc.) for which you care deeply. Explain how you believe a group of dedicated college students could address the issue and bring about change.

Option 3

3. What do you think is the most important attribute of an effective ethical leader?

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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