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Wabash College

Crawfordsville, IndianaPrivate

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Wabash College’s 2023-24 Essay Prompts

Additional Info Essay

Not Required
500 Words

You may use the space below to provide additional details not reflected in your application that you feel are important in the decision making process. Some examples might include:
- Explanation of extended absence from school
- Explanation of unusual grade trends
- Disruption related to COVID-19
- Any items/information not included in other parts of the application

Additional Info Essay

Not Required
650 Words

An applicant has the option to submit a written statement in order to demonstrate his strength as a writer, but this is not a required component of the application. In some cases, the Enrollment Office may require an applicant to submit a written statement.

If appropriate, please provide a statement of any special or unusual circumstances that you think should be considered when evaluating your Application for Admission.

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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