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West Chester University | WCUPA’s 2023-24 Essay Prompts

Honors College Short Response

300 Words

Provide a bulleted list of up to six (6) co-curricular, school, and community activities you found most valuable over the past four years. Number them clearly from one through six in order of where you believe your presence made the most difference. Do not use acronyms, and place any leadership positions in parentheses with each entry.

Please briefly explain how the top four activities highlighted the following skill sets: service to others, verbal/speaking skills, logic/mathematic abilities, artistic/creative talents, athletic/physical abilities, or negotiation/bridge building skills. (up to 300 words, approximately 2000 characters)

Honors College Short Response

300 Words

The Honors College at West Chester University celebrates scholarship and places equal weight on community engagement. With our motto, to be honorable is to serve, we seek students who work to define, implement, and assess action steps to strengthen their communities. We also emphasize collaborative and interdisciplinary work among students both within honors classes and in co-curricular activities through the Honors Student Association. Given this philosophy of honors, why would you be a good candidate? (up to 300 words, approximately 2000 characters)

Motivation Short Response

300 Words

When faced with a group or organizational task to which you have little initial commitment, how do you motivate yourself to make a meaningful contribution? Illustrate a specific instance from your own experience. (up to 300 words, approximately 2000 characters)

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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