What are some of the questions on college applications?

That is a good question. The Common Application has all new questions. Here are some of them:

• 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.

And here are College Entrance Exam questions from a few other schools:


• List the print or electronic publications you read regularly (150 words of less).

• List the films, concerts, shows, exhibits, lectures and other entertainment you enjoyed most in the past year (150 words or less).


• Name your favorite books, authors, films, and/or musical artists.

• What newspapers, magazines, and/or websites do you enjoy?

• What is the most significant challenge that society faces today (50-word limit)?

• How did you spend your last two summers (50-word limit)?

• What were your favorite events (performances, exhibits, sporting events, etc.) this past year (50-word limit)?

• What five words best describe you?

• Stanford students possess an intellectual vitality. Reflect on an idea or experience that has been important to your intellectual development (250-word limit).

• Virtually all of Stanford’s undergraduates live on campus. Write a note to your future roommate that reveals something about you or that will help your roommate — and us — know you better (250-word limit).


• Which aspects of Tuft’s curriculum or undergraduate experience prompt your application? In short, why Tufts (suggested length is 50-100 words)?

• There is a Quaker saying: “Let your life speak.” Describe the environment in which you were raised – your family, home, neighborhood or community – and how it influenced the person you are today (suggested length 200-250 words).

Toby Rose is president of Toby Rose’s College Prep. She is an independent college counselor, was a Dade County Outstanding Teacher and served as chairperson of the Dade County School Board Academic Advisory Committee. Rose may be contacted by calling 305-238-7737, by email at <tobyrose19-> or via the Internet at <www.tobyrose. com>. • EDUCATIONAL AND TEEN ADVICE • ASK TOBY

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