Christian college students can expect new Common App essay prompts
More than 400 four-year universities across the country accept the Common Application, including many Christian colleges. Men and women of faith who are considering enrolling at Christian universities may complete this form, including a writing sample, during the admissions process. Students will soon find themselves tackling new essay prompts, however, as changes to the Common Application’s writing section have recently been announced that will take effect for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Adjustments to the essay prompts followed two years of discussion on how to improve the Common Application and enable college admission officials to determine the writing abilities of prospective candidates. The changes also include the elimination of the application’s “free choice” essay section.
There are five new essay prompts in total. The first is “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.” Another new prompt reads “Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?”
In addition to the five new essay prompts, a revised word limit will be strictly enforced as part of the Common Application. Initial discussions suggested that a restriction of 500 words be placed on the essay section, but this has been increased to 650 words.