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Our US University Consulting Framework is designed by Singaporean Ivy League Graduates. Having volunteered as admissions interviewers for our alma mater, we possess the “insider knowledge” of the enigmatic workings of the admissions process. Since our inception, we have developed a successful track record of helping many students—from a dazzling array of backgrounds—gain admission into prestigious American universities, such as Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Stanford.


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What U.S. Admissions Officers Look For

Academics: 60%

School Grades, SAT/ACT, Academic Awards

Non-Academic: 40%

Leadership, Special Talents/Interests, Likability

What Grades Will I Need?

For school grades,

good table grades pic

For SAT/ACT grades,

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Which Activities Should I List?

You should highlight 2-3 key activities that evince your leadership and your intellectual/extracurricular interests and achievements.

It may be tempting to list out everything under the sun that you have done over the past few years. But, we advise against such a scattergun approach. The best applicants leave the strongest impression. And, invariably, they are the ones with very strong and special personalities. They have a story to tell; they have a niche; they have a specialisation that sets them apart from the crowd.

Why? Because top American universities think of themselves not as factories churning out vocationalists, but as schools nurturing leaders for the future. And, because they think of past achievements as indicators of future success, it is of utmost importance to highlight your leadership potential.


What is leadership? Here at IvyPrep, we think the word has 3 facets to it. First, a leader is someone with influence to create opportunities in his or her community. Second, a leader is a giver: someone who positively impacts his or her community. Finally, a leader is one who is both accorded respect, and who accords respect, to others.

What About Teacher Recommendations?

You will require recommendations from


school counsellor, or form teacher

Although there is no hard and fast rule on the selection of teachers, applicants typically select teachers who teach them different subjects. This adds depth and contrast to an application.



 teachers who’ve taught you academic subjects

You must pick teachers who will vouch for you. This means that they must know and like you. Whether it is about your personality or academic ability, they should be confident in affirming that you are not just a good candidate, but you are a great one. A unique one. One of the best they have ever seen.

Teacher recommendations are extremely important to your application because they corroborate your personal narrative. Do not underestimate them.

Common Pitfalls In Every Application
piechart of pitfalls

The first step to improving your application is to identify potential problems with it. That is the easy part: many applicants fall within at least one of the four quadrants here.

The harder part is solving the problem. To avoid falling the pitfalls above, you need the know-how; you need the experience; and, not to mention, the time.


Picture this: you have a heavy academic workload in school. On top of that, you must successfully juggle your extracurricular activities. There is also preparation for, and the sitting of, the SAT/ACT. Of course, that is not all: you will have to invest time and effort in writing convincing admissions essays. The odds are against you.

US University Essay Questions

For the 2017/2018 application cycle.

Ivy League Universities


1.  Your intellectual life may extend beyond the academic requirements of your particular school. Please use the space below to list additional intellectual activities that you have not mentioned or detailed elsewhere in your application. These could include, but are not limited to, supervised or self-directed projects not done as school work, training experiences, online courses not run by your school, or summer academic or research programs not described elsewhere. (150 words)


2. Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences. (150 words)


3. For students applying from outside the US & Canada: What specific plan do you have, if any, for using the education you hope to receive? (50 words)


4. The following supplementary essay is optional.


You may wish to include an additional essay if you feel that the college application forms do not provide sufficient opportunity to convey important information about yourself or your accomplishments. You may write on a topic of your choice, or you may choose from one of the following topics:


  • Unusual circumstances in your life
  • Travel or living experiences in other countries
  • What you would want your future college roommate to know about you
  • An intellectual experience (course, project, book, discussion, paper, poetry, or research topic in engineering, mathematics, science or other modes of inquiry) that has meant the most to you
  • How you hope to use your college education
  • A list of books you have read during the past twelve months
  • The Harvard College Honor code declares that we “hold honesty as the foundation of our community.” As you consider entering this community that is committed to honesty, please reflect on a time when you or someone you observed had to make a choice about whether to act with integrity and honesty.
  • The mission of Harvard College is to educate our students to be citizens and citizen-leaders for society. What would you do to contribute to the lives of your classmates in advancing this mission?

1.       What is it about Yale that has led you to apply? (125 words)


2.      Please respond in no more than 35 words to each of the following questions:

  • What inspires you? (35 words)
  • Yale’s residential colleges regularly host intimate conversations with guests representing a wide range of experiences and accomplishments. What person, past or present, would you invite to speak? What question would you ask? (35 words)
  • You are teaching a Yale course. What is it called? (35 words)
  • Most first-year Yale students live in suites of four to six people. What would you contribute to the dynamic of your suite? (35 words)


3.      Please choose two of the following topics and respond to each in 250 words or fewer.


  • What do you most enjoy learning? (250 words)
  • Reflect on your engagement with a community to which you belong. How do you feel you have contributed to this community? (250 words)
  • Write about something you would like us to know about you that you have not conveyed elsewhere in your application. (250 words)

1.  In addition to the essay you have written for the Common Application, please write an essay of about 500 words (no more than 650 words and no fewer than 250 words). Using one of the themes below as a starting point, write about a person, event, or experience that helped you define one of your values or in some way changed how you approach the world. Please do not repeat, in full or in part, the essay you wrote for the Common Application. (500 words)


  • Tell us about a person who has influenced you in a significant way.
  • “One of the great challenges of our time is that the disparities we face today have more complex causes and point less straightforwardly to solutions.” Omar Wasow, Assistant Professor, Politics; Founder, This quote is taken from Professor Wasow’s January 2014 speech at the Martin Luther King Day celebration at Princeton University.
  • “Culture is what presents us with the kinds of valuable things that can fill a life. And insofar as we can recognize the value in those things and make them part of our lives, our lives are meaningful.” Gideon Rosen, Stuart Professor of Philosophy, chair of the Council of the Humanities and director of the Program in Humanistic Studies, Princeton University.
  • Using a favorite quotation from an essay or book you have read in the last three years as a starting point, tell us about an event or experience that helped you define one of your values or changed how you approach the world. Please write the quotation, title and author at the beginning of your essay.


2. Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences that was particularly meaningful to you. (150 words)


3. Please tell us how you have spent the last two summers (or vacations between school years), including any jobs you have held. (150 words)


4. A few details:


  • Your favorite book and its author (below 20 words)
  • Your favorite movie (below 20 words)
  • Your favorite website (below 20 words)
  • Two adjectives your friends would use to describe you (3 words)
  • Your favorite recording (below 20 words)
  • Your favorite keepsake or memento (below 20 words)
  • Your favorite source of inspiration (below 20 words)
  • Your favorite word (below 20 words)
  • Your favorite line from a movie or book and its title (below 20 words)


For Engineering students

If you are interested in pursuing a B.S.E. (Bachelor of Science in Engineering) degree, please write a 300-500 word essay describing why you are interested in studying engineering, any experiences in or exposure to engineering you have had, and how you think the programs in engineering offered at Princeton suit your particular interests. (300 – 500 words)


1.  List a few words or phrases that describe your ideal college community. (150 words)


2. List the titles of the required readings from courses during the school year or summer that you enjoyed most in the past year. (150 words)


3. List the titles of the books you read for pleasure that you enjoyed most in the past year. (150 words)


4. List the titles of the print, electronic publications and websites you read regularly. (150 words)


5. List the titles of the films, concerts, shows, exhibits, lectures and other entertainments you enjoyed most in the past year. (150 words)


6. Please tell us what you value most about Columbia and why. (300 words)


For applicants to The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science


1.  Please tell us what from your current and past experiences (either academic or personal) attracts you specifically to the field or fields of study that you noted in the Member Questions section. (300 words)


1.  Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences. (150 words)


2. Why are you drawn to the area(s) of study you indicated in our Member Section, earlier in this application? If you are “undecided” or not sure which Brown concentrations match your interests, consider describing more generally the academic topics or modes of thought that engage you currently. (150 words)


3. Why Brown, and why the Brown Curriculum? (200 words)


4. Tell us where you have lived—and for how long—since you were born; whether you’ve always lived in the same place, or perhaps in a variety of places. (100 words)


5. We all exist within communities or groups of various sizes, origins, and purposes; pick one and tell us why it is important to you, and how it has shaped you. (100 words)


For Engineering Majors


1.  The School of Engineering offers 9 concentration options, including Sc.B. degrees in Biomedical Engineering, Chemical & Biochemical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Materials Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering, as well as an A.B. degree in Engineering, and a joint program with the Department of Physics leading to an Sc.B. degree in Engineering and Physics. Since there is a common core curriculum within Engineering, students need not select a specific area until their junior year. We are curious to know, however, if any particular program within Engineering presently appeals to you. (350 words)


2. What experiences and/or courses beyond school work have broadened your interest in Engineering? (350 words)


For Applied Mathematics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Mathematics, or Physics Majors


1.  Tell us about a skill or concept related to your anticipated area of study, that you found challenging and rewarding to learn. (350 words)


2. Please list the courses, including those you may have taken outside your secondary school, that relate to your chosen field. (350 words)


For College of Arts and Sciences


Describe two or three of your current intellectual interests and why they are exciting to you. Why will Cornell’s College of Arts and Sciences be the right environment in which to pursue your interests? (650 words)


For College of Engineering


Cornell Engineering celebrates innovative problem solving that helps people, communities…the world. Consider your ideas and aspirations and describe how a Cornell Engineering education would allow you to leverage technological problem-solving to improve the world we live in. (650 words)


For College of Art, Architecture, and Planning


Describe two or three of your intellectual interests and why you are excited to pursue them within your chosen major in AAP. What personal experiences, background, or future goals will you bring to your scholarly and artistic pursuits at Cornell? (650 words)


For School of Hotel Administration (SHA)


The global hospitality industry includes hotel and foodservice management, real estate, finance, entrepreneurship, marketing, technology, and law. Describe what has influenced your decision to study business through the lens of hospitality. What personal qualities make you a good fit for SHA? (650 words)


How will you explore your intellectual and academic interests at the University of Pennsylvania? Please answer this question given the specific undergraduate school to which you are applying. (400-650 words)


*For students applying to the coordinated dual-degree programs, please answer this question in regards to your single-degree school choice. Interest in coordinated dual-degree programs will be addressed through those program-specific essays.


Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business


Discuss a current international issue, which demonstrates how international affairs and business intersect and explain how the Huntsman curriculum might assist to resolve the issue. (500 words or less)


1. While arguing a Dartmouth-related case before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1818, Daniel Webster, Class of 1801, uttered this memorable line: ”It is, Sir…a small college. And yet, there are those who love it!” As you seek admission to the Class of 2022, what aspects of the College’s program, community, or campus environment attract your interest? (100 words)


2. Choose one of the following prompts and respond in 250-300 words:


  • In Love Medicine, author Louise Erdrich ’76 writes, ”Society is like this card game here, cousin. We got dealt our hand before we were even born, and as we grow we have to play as best as we can.” Describe your ”hand” and reflect on how you have played it.
  • From songs and film to formulae and computer code, human expression and discovery take many forms. How do you express your creativity? What ideas or values do you explore and celebrate when your imagination wanders?
  • During the 2016 Olympic Games, American runner Abbey D’Agostino ’14 collided with another athlete in the first round of the 5,000-meter event. Both fell to the track. Although injured, Abbey’s first instinct was to help the other fallen athlete so they could continue the race together. Their selflessness was widely praised as the embodiment of the Olympic ideal of sportsmanship. Share a moment when kindness guided your actions.
  • Twenty years ago, the world met Harry Potter and his companions. One of the more memorable lines from the J.K. Rowling series was spoken by Albus Dumbledore: ”Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” What ideas or experiences bring you joy?
  • ”I have no special talent,” Albert Einstein once observed. ”I am only passionately curious.” Celebrate your intellectual curiosity.
  • ”Dreams are lovely. But they are just dreams,” television producer Shonda Rhimes ’91 told graduating seniors during her 2014 Commencement address. ”It’s hard work that makes things happen. It’s hard work that creates change.” What inspires your hard work? What matters to you and how do you “make things happen” to create change?

Top Private Universities


1. Briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences. (150 words)


2. Briefly respond to the following inquiries so we can get to know you better. Do not feel compelled to use complete sentences.


  • What is the most significant challenge that society faces today? (50 words)
  • How did you spend your last two summers? (50 words)
  • What historical moment or event do you wish you could have witnessed? (50 words)
  • What five words best describe you? (50 words)
  • When the choice is yours, what do you read, listen to, or watch? (50 words)
  • Name one thing you are looking forward to experiencing at Stanford. (50 words)
  • Imagine you had an extra hour in the day — how would you spend that time? (50 words)


3. The Stanford community is deeply curious and driven to learn in and out of the classroom. Reflect on an idea or experience that makes you genuinely excited about learning. (250 words)


4. 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 words)


5. Tell us about something that is meaningful to you and why. (250 words)


Successful students at Johns Hopkins make the biggest impact by collaborating with others, including peers, mentors, and professors. Talk about a time, in or outside the classroom, when you worked with others and what you learned from the experience. (400 words)


1. Please submit a one page, single-spaced essay that explains why you have chosen Carnegie Mellon and your particular major(s), department(s) or program(s). This essay should include the reasons why you’ve chosen the major(s), any goals or relevant work plans and any other information you would like us to know. For freshmen applying to more than one college or program, please mention each college or program to which you are applying. Because our admission committees review applicants by college and program, your essay can impact our final decision. Candidates applying for early decision or transfer may apply to only one college and department.


2. List the books (if any) you’ve read this year for pleasure. Choose one and in a sentence describe its impact on you. (500 words)


3. If there was an interruption during your secondary school or collegiate experience or between your secondary school and collegiate experience (gap year(s)) when you were not enrolled and as a result, not making normal academic progress, please explain the reason for the interruption. (500 words)


4. While not a requirement, have you been interviewed by an alumni or on campus representative prior to applying for admission? If so, indicate the name of your interviewer and tell us how it impacted your decision to apply. (500 words


‘Why Northwestern?’ Statement (completion strongly recommended)


Other parts of your application give us a sense for how you might contribute to Northwestern. But we also want to consider how Northwestern will contribute to your interests and goals. In 300 words or less, help us understand what aspects of Northwestern appeal most to you, and how you’ll make use of specific resources and opportunities here. (300 words)


We would like to know more about your interest in NYU. We are particularly interested in knowing what motivated you to apply to NYU and more specifically, why you have applied or expressed interest in a particular campus, school, college, program, and/or area of study? If you have applied to more than one, please tell us why you are interested in each of the campuses, schools, colleges, or programs to which you have applied. You may be focused or undecided, or simply open to the options within NYU’s global network; regardless, we want to understand – Why NYU? (400 words)


1. Choose one of the six extended essay options and upload a one- or two- page response.

  • “The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress.” – Joseph Joubert Sometimes, people talk a lot about popular subjects to assure ‘victory’ in conversation or understanding, and leave behind topics of less popularity, but great personal or intellectual importance. What do you think is important but underdiscussed? – Anonymous Suggestion


  • Due to a series of clerical errors, there is exactly one typo (an extra letter, a removed letter, or an altered letter) in the name of every department at the University of Chicago. Oops! Describe your new intended major. Why are you interested in it and what courses or areas of focus within it might you want to explore? Potential options include Commuter Science, Bromance Languages and Literatures, Pundamentals: Issues and Texts, Ant History… a full list of unmodified majors ready for your editor’s eye is available here: – Inspired by Josh Kaufman, Class of 2018


  • Earth. Fire. Wind. Water. Heart! Captain Planet supposes that the world is made up of these five elements. We’re familiar with the previously-noted set and with actual elements like hydrogen, oxygen, and carbon, but select and explain another small group of things (say, under five) that you believe compose our world. – Inspired by Dani Plung, Class of 2017


  • The late NYTimes photographer Bill Cunningham once said ‘Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life. I don’t think you could do away with it. It would be like doing away with civilization.’ Tell us about your ‘armor’. – Inspired by Adam Berger, Class of 2020


  • Fans of the movie Sharknado say that they enjoy it because “it’s so bad, it’s good.” Certain automobile owners prefer classic cars because they “have more character.” And recently, vinyl record sales have skyrocketed because it is perceived that they have a warmer, fuller sound. Discuss something that you love not in spite of but rather due to its quirks or imperfections. – Inspired by Alex Serbanescu, Class of 2021


  • In the spirit of adventurous inquiry, pose your own question or choose one of our past prompts. Be original, creative, thought provoking. Draw on your best qualities as a writer, thinker, visionary, social critic, sage, citizen of the world, or future citizen of the University of Chicago; take a little risk, and have fun. You can find our past prompts here:


2. How does the University of Chicago, as you know it now, satisfy your desire for a particular kind of learning, community, and future? Please address with some specificity your own wishes and how they relate to UChicago.


1. Please respond to one of the prompts below. (250 words)

  • USC believes that one learns best when interacting with people of different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Tell us about a time you were exposed to a new idea or when your beliefs were challenged by another point of view.
  • Describe something outside of your intended academic focus about which you are interested in learning.
  • What is something about yourself that is essential to understanding you?


2. Describe how you plan to pursue your academic interests at USC. Please feel free to address your first- and second-choice major selections. (250 words)


3. Short Questions

  • Describe yourself in three words.
  • What is your favorite snack?
  • Favorite app/website
  • Best movie of all time
  • Hashtag to describe yourself
  • Dream job
  • What is your theme song?
  • Dream trip
  • What TV show will you binge watch next?
  • Place you are most content?


USC Viterbi School of Engineering

1. While scientists yearn to discover the world that exists, Engineers and Computer Scientists seek to create the world that never was. Our faculty and students believe collaborative teams are the key to great accomplishments. Please describe a time in your life (academic, co-curricular, or otherwise) where you had to collaborate to accomplish more than you could alone. (250 words)


2. While the world as a whole may be more technologically advanced than ever before, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has outlined 14 Grand Challenges that engineers should focus on to improve life on the planet. Learn about the Grand Challenges at and tell us which challenge is most important, and why. (250 words)


USC Marshall School of Business, World Bachelor in Business B.S.


First-year applicants applying to the WBB program are required to complete an online video interview by December 1st. Please visit the following website for instructions on the video interview,


In addition, please answer the 4 short answer prompts below.


1. What experiences and/or skills best prepare you for success in our World Bachelor in Business program? (250 words)


2. How does the WBB program meet your educational and/or professional goals? (250 words)


3. What skills do you find most useful in adapting to changing environments? (250 words)


4. Acknowledging that the WBB does not offer a “traditional” or fixed residential experience, please explain why this alternative education experience is a good fit for you. Please share examples of how you plan to create unique or new opportunities in the WBB environment. (250 words)


USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism


How would an Annenberg major help you solve a global issue facing society in the 21st century? (250 words)


1. Which aspects of Tufts’ curriculum or undergraduate experience prompt your application? “Why Tufts?” (100 words)


2. 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. (250 words)


3. Answer one of the following questions. Think outside the box: take a risk and go somewhere unexpected. Be serious if the moment calls for it but feel comfortable being playful if that suits you, too. (250 words)


  • It’s cool to be smart. Tell us about the subjects or ideas that excite your intellectual curiosity.
  • In a time when we’re always plugged in (and sometimes tuned out), tell us about a time when you listened, truly listened, to a person or a cause. How did that moment change you?
  • Celebrate the role of sports in your life.
  • Whether you’ve built blanket forts or circuit boards, created crayon masterpieces or mixed media art installations, tell us: what have you invented, engineered, created or designed? Or what do you hope to?
  • What makes you happy? Why?


Bachelor of Fine Arts Program


Artist Bruce Nauman once said, “One of the factors that still keeps me in the studio is that every so often I have to more or less start all over.” Everyone deals with failure differently; for most artists failure is an opportunity to start something new. Tell us about a time when you have failed and how that has influenced your art practice. (250 words)


What about being a student at Boston University most excites you? (250 words)

Top Public Universities


You have 8 questions to choose from. You must respond to only 4 of the 8 questions. Each response is limited to a maximum of 350 words.


1. Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes, or contributed to group efforts over time.


2. Every person has a creative side, and it can be expressed in many ways: problem solving, original and innovative thinking, and artistically, to name a few. Describe how you express your creative side.


3. What would you say is your greatest talent or skill? How have you developed and demonstrated that talent over time?


4. Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational opportunity or worked to overcome an educational barrier you have faced.


5. Describe the most significant challenge you have faced and the steps you have taken to overcome this challenge. How has this challenge affected your academic achievement?


6. Think about an academic subject that inspires you. Describe how you have furthered this interest inside and/or outside of the classroom.


7. What have you done to make your school or your community a better place?


8. Beyond what has already been shared in your application, what do you believe makes you stand out as a strong candidate for admissions to the University of California?


1. Explain your interest in the major you selected and describe how you have recently explored or developed this interest inside and/or outside the classroom. You may also explain how this major relates to your future career goals. If you’re applying to the Division of General Studies, explain your academic interests and strengths or your future career goals. You may include any majors or areas of study you’re currently considering. (400 words)


2. If you select a second-choice major other than the Division of General Studies on your application, write a second essay explaining your interest in this major, too. (400 words)


1. If you could only do one of the activities you have listed in the Activities section of your Common Application, which one would you keep doing? Why? (100 words)


2. Everyone belongs to many different communities and/or groups defined by (among other things) shared geography, religion, ethnicity, income, cuisine, interest, race, ideology, or intellectual heritage. Choose one of the communities to which you belong, and describe that community and your place within it. (250 words)


3. Describe the unique qualities that attract you to the specific undergraduate College or School (including preferred admission and dual degree programs) to which you are applying at the University of Michigan. How would that curriculum support your interests? (500 words)


We hope you’ll share with us the activities that you’ve found especially worthwhile.


We also hope you won’t feel compelled to tell us everything you’ve ever done or, worse yet, to do things that mean little to you just because you think we want you to do them. We also hope you’ll remember—because we never forget—that low-profile pursuits can be just as meaningful as ones that draw more attention, and that fewer activities can be just as good as more, and sometimes even better.


Although starting a new club, for example, can be a great experience and helpful to others, so can caring for siblings, parents, or grandparents, or working outside the home to put food on the table, or being a good and caring friend. We hope you won’t feel as though you have to do the former, especially if your doing so will keep you from doing the latter.


For all these reasons, although we’re glad to receive complete résumés, we don’t require or encourage them. Instead, if you choose to submit something that goes beyond what you’re providing through your Common Application, we encourage you to keep it brief; focus less on including everything than on choosing and explaining the things that have meant the most to you; and upload it here.

Top Engineering Schools


1. What three experiences or activities have helped you explore your desire to study and possibly pursue a career in STEM? (200 words)


2. Please list three books, along with their authors, that have been particularly meaningful to you. For each book, please include a sentence explaining their influence upon you (200 characters each). Please note that your response is not limited to math, science or school-assigned texts.


3. Members of the Caltech community live, learn, and work within an Honor System with one simple guideline; ‘No member shall take unfair advantage of any other member of the Caltech community.’ While seemingly simple, questions of ethics, honesty and integrity are sometimes puzzling. Share a difficult situation that has challenged you. What was your response, and how did you arrive at a solution? (200 words)


4. Caltech students have long been known for their quirky sense of humor, whether it be through planning creative pranks, building elaborate party sets, or even the year-long preparation that goes into our annual Ditch Day. Please describe an unusual way in which you have fun. (200 words)


5. In an increasingly global and interdependent society, there is a need for diversity in thought, background, and experience in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. How do you see yourself contributing to the diversity of Caltech’s community? (200 words)


6. Scientific exploration clearly excites you. Beyond our 3:1 student-to-faculty ratio and our intense focus on research opportunities, how do you believe Caltech will best fuel your intellectual curiosity and help you meet your goals? (500 words)


1. We know you lead a busy life, full of activities, many of which are required of you. Tell us about something you do simply for the pleasure of it. (100 words)


2. Although you may not yet know what you want to major in, which department or program at MIT appeals to you and why? (100 words)


3. At MIT, we bring people together to better the lives of others. MIT students work to improve their communities in different ways, from tackling the world’s biggest challenges to being a good friend. Describe one way in which you have contributed to your community, whether in your family, the classroom, your neighborhood, etc. (250 words)


4. Describe the world you come from; for example, your family, clubs, school, community, city, or town. How has that world shaped your dreams and aspirations? (250 words)


5. Tell us about the most significant challenge you’ve faced or something important that didn’t go according to plan. How did you manage the situation? (250 words)


1. Beyond rankings, location, and athletics, why are you interested in attending Georgia Tech? (150 words)


2. Please choose ONE of the following questions and provide an answer in 150 words or less:


• Tech’s motto is Progress and Service. We find that students who ultimately have a broad impact first had a significant one at home. What is your role in your immediate or extended family? And how have you seen evidence of your impact on them?

• Georgia Tech is always looking for innovative undergraduates. Have you had any experience as an entrepreneur? What would you like Georgia Tech to provide to further your entrepreneurial interests?

• We challenge our students to ‘be comfortable being uncomfortable.’ Tell us about a time in high school that you felt outside of your comfort zone and the resolution.

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