University of Virginia

Common App essay changes coming next year

Seniors never had it so good!  Juniors, watch out.  Next year’s Common Application will not have the “topic of your choice” essay prompt that has been so popular with students.  Instead, four or five topics will be listed for you to choose from.  These planned changes were discussed at the recent conference of the National Association for College Admissions Counselors.

The word length requirements will also be strictly enforced (minimum of 250 words, maximum of 500).  The new Common App will be available on August 1, 2013.   Just one more thing for juniors to think about.