Coalition app essays are here and the world rejoices

Apr 23rd, 2016 | By | Category: Uncategorized

The Coalition quietly released essay topics this week. So, unless you were a student who checked on the student page every day, you would not know it. So much for signing up for notices…They want students to get a head start on it and helpful suggest they can even save it to the locker…only that does not yet exist. Without further adieu, here is what the Coalition wants to know about you:


The prompts for the 2016-17 application year are:

  • Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it.
  • Describe a time when you made a meaningful contribution to others in which the greater good was your focus. Discuss the challenges and rewards of making your contribution.
  • Has there been a time when you’ve had a long-cherished or accepted belief challenged? How did you respond? How did the challenge affect your beliefs?
  • What is the hardest part of being a teenager now? What’s the best part? What advice would you give a younger sibling or friend (assuming they would listen to you)?
  • Submit an essay on a topic of your choice.

Good topics?

  • Well, number 5 is a return to what the common app had for years. 
  • Number 4 makes me wonder how a teen will answer it. It is not like they have been teenagers in another time. 
  • Number 3 seems a flip on the common app prompt number 3.
  • Number 1 and especially 2 seem to tip the hat to the Turning the Tide Report  

The language of the Coalition is a lot more direct than the Common app. Each essay topic average 19 words each whereas The Common app prompts clock an average 33 words each. While the common app clearly states a maximum of 650 words, the coalition has not defined how long the ssays should be and which of their 93 members will require it…



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