February 5, 2013
Common Application Adopts New Essay Prompts and a Longer Word Count
Starting this summer, applicants using the Common Application will have five new essay prompts to choose from, including one that asks them to describe "a place or environment where you are perfectly content." The maximum length, now 500 words, will increase to 650.
Those changes, announced on Tuesday, reflect a continuing discussion about the role of essays in the admissions process.