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Common App Essays 2012 Calendar

As of today, August 1st, the 2017-2018 Common Application is open! This means that if you are planning to apply to Olin College this year, you will now be able to start your application, add Olin as one of your prospective colleges, and check out Olin’s supplemental questions and essay prompts on the Common Application website.

You have plenty of time (5 whole months!) between now and our application deadline on January 1st to complete and submit your application to Olin. But just in case you’d like to start brainstorming and playing with some ideas for those essay questions, we thought we’d share the prompts with you now!

Essay Prompt #1 (250-500 words): Olin is a community striving to improve the world for everyone or anyone through engineering. What change do you hope to see or be a part of? Why is this change important to you?

Essay Prompt #2 (250-500 words): We would like you to choose one of the following prompts:

  • Tell us a story about a time when you made someone happy. What effect did the experience have on you?
  •  When, where or with whom are you your most authentic self? What makes you feel most like you?
  • Think about things that excite or engage you (for example, people, ideas, projects, books, causes, innovations). Keeping that in mind, tell us about how you would spend a “perfect day.” What makes that perfect day a day well spent?

In the coming months, we’ll be posting more blogs with application advice, including advice about how to approach writing your essays. In the meantime, if you have any questions about applying to Olin, please don’t hesitate to direct them to our office at apply@olin.edu. 

The 2012-2013 Common Application won’t formally launch until August 1, but  the Common Application essay prompts are already out.

Don’t forget, if prompts 1-5 don’t interest you, you can always write on #6: topic of your choice.

Here are the 2012 Common Application prompts:

Please write an essay of 250 – 500 words on a topic of your choice or on one of the options listed below:

  1.   Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have
  2.   Discuss some issue of personal, local, national, or international concern and its importance to you.
  3.   Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you, and describe that influence.
  4.   Describe a character in fiction, a historical figure, or a creative work (as in art, music, science, etc.) that has had an influence on you, and explain that influence.
  5.   A range of academic interests, personal perspectives, and life experiences adds much to the educational mix. Given your personal background, describe an experience that .illustrates what you would bring to the diversity in a college community or an encounter that demonstrated the importance of diversity to you.
  6.   Topic of your choice.

Tip:
Having trouble knowing where to start?
Write down anything that immediately comes to mind. Ask yourself what experiences in your life have been important to you, and what you’ve learned from them. Mull your ideas over, then write a little bit on the one or two topics that interest you. You’ll be well on your way to writing your college application essay (and beat the friends who’ve waiting until fall).

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