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09/04/2019

How many college essays do you have to right when applying to Stanford and what are the prompts?

QUESTION
How many college essays do you have to right when applying to Stanford and what are the prompts?

ANSWER
Stanford uses the Common Application, and the essay prompts for this year are rumored to be virtually identical to last year’s. They’ve varied the prompts minimally over the past half decade, so you can gain a fair idea as to what to expect on the 2011 application by reading over them now. You’re only required to write one essay of 250 words or more on that portion of the application, and the current prompts are:

Consider and discuss ~

* A major personal experience, achievement, risk or ethical dilemma he has faced and its impact on him; or
* An issue of personal, local, national, or international concern and its importance to him; or…
* An individual who has deeply impacted him and why; or…
* A fictional character, historical personage, or creative work that has profoundly influenced him and why; or …
* A personal experience that best illustrates the diversity he will bring to the university community; or…
* A topic of choice.

In addition to the Common App essay, you are required to complete the Stanford supplement which entails three short essays and seven profile questions. The prompts tend to change more significantly for the supplement year-to-year, and the application for the fall 2012 entry won’t go become available until this summer. I posted the past short essay prompts and questions on my blog, and you’re welcome to check it out if you wish:

http://losangelina.blogspot.com/search/l…

Good luck!

~ skylark : )