College Application Essay Topics


1. What are your major accomplishments and why do you consider them accomplishments? Do not limit yourself to accomplishments that were of a formal nature, the most interesting accomplishments are those that just occur and then become crucial and important to you in that specific time of your life.
2. What attribute quality or skill do you possess that makes you unique? How did you develop and perfect this skill.
3. Consider your favorite book, movies, music, and art; how have they influenced your life in a positive and meaningful life?
4. What was the most difficult time of your life and why? How did your perspective on life change as a result of this challenge?
5. Have you ever struggled mightily and succeeded? What made you successful?
6. Of everything in the world what would you most like to be doing right now? Where would you most like to be? Who of everyone living or dead would you most like to be with at this time in your life? These questions should help you to realize what you love most – what have you discovered?
7. Have you experienced a moment of epiphany (an AH HA moment), as if your eyes were opened to something that you were previously “blind” to?
8. What is your strongest, most unwavering personality trait? Do you maintain strong beliefs or adhere to a philosophy? How would your friends characterize you? What your friends write about you if they were writing your admissions essay for you?
9. What have you done outside the classroom that demonstrates qualities sought after my universities? Of these which means most to you?
10. What are your most important extracurricular or community activities? What made you join these activities? What made you continue to contribute and participate in these activities?
11. What are your dreams of the future? When you look back on your life in thirty years, what would it take for you to consider your life successful? What people, things, and accomplishments do you need? How does the university you are applying for fit into your plans for the future?