Common App has announced the 2023-2024 essay prompts.

Let’s go Comets! Get started on your College Essays now!

Below is the complete set of Common App essay prompts for 2023-2024.

  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.
  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?
  3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
  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?
  5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
  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?
  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.

We will also retain the optional community disruption question within the Writing section. Additionally, we are closely following the Supreme Court case on the use of race in admissions. Depending on the outcome, we stand ready to create resources that will help students speak about their lived experiences.

Looking for tips on how to approach the essay? Check out our blog!

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This Blues Program will begin in August with the idea that this might be helpful for teens ages 14-18 who may be struggling with the anxiety of the new school year approaching. It will teach coping skills to put into use as they are getting ready to head back to school as well as be a supportive group for the first few weeks of school. It is a virtual group so they can attend from the comfort of their home. Please take care of yourself and consider setting yourself up for success ! Link to sign up is in the flyer below.