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09/04/2019

What’s the weirdest college essay topic you had to write about?

QUESTION
What’s the weirdest college essay topic you had to write about?

ANSWER
“How do you feel about Wednesday? [University of Chicago]

You have just completed your 300-page autobiography. Please submit page 217. [University of Pennsylvania]

How did you get caught? (Or not caught, as the case may be.) [University of Chicago]

Write a haiku, limerick, or short poem that best represents you. [New York University]

Have you ever walked through the aisles of a warehouse store like Costco or Sam’s Club and wondered who would buy a jar of mustard a foot and a half tall? We’ve bought it, but it didn’t stop us from wondering about other things, like absurd eating contests, impulse buys, excess, unimagined uses for mustard, storage, preservatives, notions of bigness…and dozens of other ideas both silly and serious. Write an essay somehow inspired by super-huge mustard. [University of Chicago]

Are we alone? [Tufts University]

If any of these three inanimate objects could talk, how would your room, computer or car describe you? [Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley]

Can a toad hear? Prove it. [Bennington College]

If you were reduced to living on a flat plane, what would be your greatest problems? Opportunities? [Hamilton College]

In the year 2050, a movie is being made of your life. Please tell us the name of your movie and briefly summarize the story line. [New York University]

Elvis is alive! OK, maybe not, but here in the Office of College Admissions we are persuaded that current Elvis sightings in highway rest areas, grocery stores and Laundromats are part of a wider conspiracy involving five of the following: the metric system, the Mall of America, the crash of the Hindenburg, Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, lint, J.D. Salinger and wax fruit. Help us get to the bottom of this evil plot by constructing your own theory of how and why five of these items and events are related. Your narrative may take any form you like, but try to keep your theory to under two pages. [University of Chicago]

Write a short story using one of the following titles:

* House of Cards
* The Poor Sport
* Drama at the Prom
* Election Night, 2044
* The Getaway

[Tufts University]

Sartre said, “Hell is other people”; but Streisand sang, “People who need people / Are the luckiest people in the world.” With whom do you agree and why? Don’t be icky. [Amherst College]

If you could balance on a tightrope, over what landscape would you walk? (No net.) [University of Chicago]

Tell us the question you think a selective college should ask. How would you answer it? [Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley]”