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2020-2021 First-Year Application Writing Prompts
1. We are looking for passionate students to join our diverse community of scholars, researchers, and artists. Answer the question that corresponds to the school/program to which you are applying in a half page or roughly 250 words.
College of Arts and Sciences：
What work of art, music, science, mathematics, literature, or other media has surprised, unsettled, or inspired you, and in what way?
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences：
Describe an engineering feat that serves the common good and why it inspires you to study engineering.
School of Architecture：
Describe significant experience that deepened your interest in studying in the School of Architecture.
School of Nursing：
Describe a health care-related experience or another significant interaction that deepened your interest in studying nursing.
Discuss experiences that led you to apply to the kinesiology major.
2. Answer one of the following questions in a half page or roughly 250 words.
What’s your favorite word and why?
We are a community with quirks, both in language and in traditions. Describe one of your quirks and why it is part of who you are.
Student self-governance, which encourages student investment and initiative, is a hallmark of the UVA culture. In her fourth year at UVA, Laura Nelson was inspired to create Flash Seminars, one-time classes which facilitate high-energy discussion about thought-provoking topics outside of traditional coursework. If you created a Flash Seminar, what idea would you explore and why?
UVA students paint messages on Beta Bridge when they want to share information with our community. What would you paint on Beta Bridge and why is this your message?
Rita Dove, UVA English professor and former U.S. Poet Laureate, once said in an interview that “…there are times in life when, instead of complaining, you do something about your complaints.” Describe a time when, instead of complaining, you took action for the greater good.
A.Which aspects of the Tufts undergraduate experience prompt your application? In short, ‘Why Tufts?’（100-150字）
1. From recognizing break dancing as a new Olympic sport, to representation in media, to issues of accessibility in our public transit systems, what is something that you can talk about endlessly? What do you care about and why?
2. Whether you’ve built circuit boards or written slam poetry, created a community event or designed mixed media installations, tell us: What have you designed, invented, engineered, or produced? Or what do you hope to?
3. We all have a story to tell. And with over 5,000 undergraduate students on our campus, that is over 5,000 stories to share and learn. What’s yours?
We’ve selected the following prompts for the UNC-specific portion for the first-year and transfer application for 2020-2021. We aspire to build a diverse and inclusive community at Carolina and believe that students can only achieve their best when they learn alongside students from different backgrounds. In reading your responses, we hope to learn what being a member of such a community would mean to you.
UNC-specific short answer prompts: You’ll choose two of the following prompts to respond to in 200-250 words.
Expand on an aspect of your identity – for example, your religion, culture, race, sexual or gender identity, affinity group, etc. How has this aspect of your identity shaped your life experiences thus far?
If you could change one thing about where you live, what would it be and why?
Describe someone who you see as a community builder. What actions has that person taken? How has their work made a difference in your life?
The writing supplement topics for the 2020-2021 application cycle (400 word limit):
1. Great art evokes a sense of wonder. It nourishes the mind and spirit. Is there a particular song, poem, speech, or novel from which you have drawn insight or inspiration?
2. When you choose a college, you will join a new community of people who have different backgrounds, experiences, and stories. What is it about your background, your experiences, or your story, that will enrich Boston College’s community?
3. Boston College strives to provide an undergraduate learning experience emphasizing the liberal arts, quality teaching, personal formation, and engagement of critical issues. If you had the opportunity to create your own college course, what enduring question or contemporary problem would you address and why?
4. Jesuit education considers the liberal arts a pathway to intellectual growth and character formation. What beliefs and values inform your decisions and actions today, and how will Boston College assist you in becoming a person who thinks and acts for the common good?
5. For Human-Centered Engineering major applicants only: One goal of a Jesuit education is to prepare students to serve the Common Good. Human-Centered Engineering at Boston College strives to develop people who will integrate technical knowledge, creativity, and a humanistic perspective to address societal challenges and opportunities. How would a Boston College engineering education enable you to contribute towards these goals?
Please describe why you are interested in attending Tulane University (optional) (800 words)
Tell us why you would like to attend the University of Wisconsin–Madison. In addition, please include why you are interested in studying the major(s) you have selected. If you selected undecided, please describe your areas of possible academic interest.
A. 四選一（250 words）
1. What is the truest thing that you know? How did you come to this conclusion?
2. Villanovans are known for “holding doors open” because inclusion is at the core of who we are. Take us on a journey through your background and describe how your life experience has shaped your understanding of the word “inclusion”.
3. Generation Z is arguably the most technologically savvy cohort in history. They find answers to questions, discover troves of new music, or even start the next global social movement, all within seconds. How has this seemingly limitless connectivity influenced the person you have become?
4. In St. Augustine’s book Confessions, one of the themes is the idea of redemption and second chances. Tell us a story about second chances. It can be your experience or one that you have come across through others or through media.
B. Why do you want to call Villanova your new home and become part of our community? （100 words）
1. Why are you interested in the major you indicated as your first-choice major?
2. Leadership can be demonstrated in many ways. Please share how you have demonstrated leadership in either your school, job, community, and/or within your family responsibilities.
3. Please share how you believe your experiences, perspectives, and/or talents have shaped your ability to contribute to and enrich the learning environment at UT Austin, both in and out of the classroom.
Please share background on events or special circumstances that may have impacted your high school academic performance.
The college admissions process can create anxiety. In an attempt to make it less stressful, please tell us an interesting or amusing story about yourself from your high school years that you have not already shared in your application.（200-300 words)
Your moment has arrived. Share with us the moments or experiences that have led you to apply to Babson College.（500 words)
1. We live in an urban-global age with more than half of the planet’s people living in cities. Trinity College is an urban liberal arts college deeply engaged with the local community and committed to making an impact across the world. How do you aspire to use your education to impact local and global communities?
2. Our mission states: “Engage. Connect. Transform. As the preeminent liberal arts college in an urban setting, Trinity College prepares students to be bold, independent thinkers who lead transformative lives.” Keeping the three pillars of the mission in mind, how do you see yourself contributing to the Trinity community?
1. Who or what influenced you to apply to Syracuse University? （250 words）
2. Who is the person you dream of becoming and how do you believe Syracuse University can help you achieve this? （250 words）
1. Please tell us why you want to attend UMass Amherst（100 words）
2. Please tell us why you chose the major you did（100 words）
Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it.（500 words)
Our families and communities often define us and our individual worlds. Community might refer to your cultural group, extended family, religious group, neighborhood or school, sports team or club, co-workers, etc. Describe the world you come from and how you, as a product of it, might add to the diversity of the UW.(300 words)
You are not required to write anything in this section, but you may include additional information if something has particular significance to you. For example, you may use this space if:
1.You have experienced personal hardships in attaining your education
2.Your activities have been limited because of work or family obligations
3.You have experienced unusual limitations or opportunities unique to the schools you attended
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