New Essays for Common App

About a year ago, the Common App announced there will be a brand new version of the app called CA4. While the application won’t go live until August 1, the Common App has announced new essays this year. Most notable is the “Topic of your choice” essay will not appear on the Common App. Here are the new questions for 2014 grads:

  • Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.

  • Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn?

  • Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?

  • Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you?

  • Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

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