Application Essay


An admissions or application essay, sometimes also called a personal statement or a statement of purpose, is an essay or other written statement written by an applicant, often a prospective student applying to some college, university, or graduate school.

A graduate school is a school that awards advanced academic degrees with the general requirement that students must have earned a previous undergraduate degree with a high grade point average.

An essay is, generally, a piece of writing that gives the author's own argument — but the definition is vague, overlapping with those of an article, a pamphlet, and a short story.

A university is an institution of higher education and research which grants academic degrees in various academic disciplines.

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The application essay is a common part of the university and college admissions process.

University admission or college admission is the process through which students enter tertiary education at universities and colleges.

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Some applications may require one or more essays to be completed, while others make essays optional or supplementary.


Essay topics range from very specific to open-ended.


The University of Chicago is known for its unusual essay prompts in its undergraduate admissions application, including "What would you do with a foot-and-a-half-tall jar of mustard"?

The University of Chicago is a private research university in Chicago, Illinois and one of the world's leading and influential institutions of higher learning, with top ten positions in numerous rankings and measures.


The Common Application, used for undergraduate admissions by many American colleges and universities, requires a general admissions essay, in addition to any supplemental admissions essays required by member institutions.

The Common Application is an undergraduate college admission application that applicants may use to apply to any of 693 member colleges and universities in 48 states and the District of Columbia, as well as in Canada, China, and many European countries.


The Common Application offers students six admissions essay prompts from which to choose.


All of the essays – and even the way you put things in order throughout the application – should be directed towards getting one "big idea", a personal thesis that will be remembered after the entire package is read.


According to Uni in the USA, the Common Application essay is intended as a chance to describe "things that are unique, interesting and informative about yourself".

Uni in the USA is a guide to universities around the world aimed at prospective students in the United Kingdom.


The application process for All Souls College, Oxford, has the reputation of being the hardest examination in the world.


It consists of several specialist papers and, until 2010, also required candidates to write an essay upon a topic suggested by a single word such as Possessions, which was the topic of successful Fellow, A. L. Rowse.

Alfred Leslie Rowse CH FRSL FBA FRHistS, known publicly as A. L. Rowse but to friends and family as Leslie, was a British author and historian from Cornwall, England, UK.

A fellow is a member of a group of people who work together in a fellowship pursuing mutual knowledge or practice.

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