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Taylor University

Upland, Indiana4-yearPrivate

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Taylor University’s 2023-24 Essay Prompts

Extracurricular Short Response

Not Required
250 Words

We’re curious about your passion areas. List up to three extracurricular, community, church, volunteer, work and travel experiences that you have had in the past.

Spiritual Essay

Not Required
700 Words

We want to know you - how you have developed academically and spiritually, what‘s important to you, and how you imagine contributing to the Taylor community. We are especially interested in knowing how God is working in and through you. Other applicants may have similar credentials, but none have your particular experiences. Your story is unique.

Tell us how you‘ve seen God working in your life, whether through a specific circumstance or in the grand scheme, and tell us why Taylor‘s discipleship community appeals to you.

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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