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University of Minnesota-Rochester’s 2023-24 Essay Prompts

Passion for Healthcare Essay

500 Words

Students who succeed at UMR are passionate about healthcare. Tell the story behind your passion for healthcare. What has led you to wanting to pursue a career in healthcare and what do you hope to achieve?

Additional Info Essay

Not Required
800 Words

Please share additional information you would like us to consider in reviewing your application, including special circumstances that may have affected your academic performance. This is also your opportunity to tell us things about yourself that have not been asked elsewhere, if you believe that they will help us become better acquainted with you in ways different from courses, grades and test scores.

Occupational Therapy Short Response

500 Words

How have your personal, academic, or employment/ volunteer experiences led you to develop an interest in Occupational Therapy?

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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