Essay Writing

It's time to tell your story. Standing out beyond your grades and extracurricular activities entails communicating sincere qualities about yourself. How? Put yourself in the admissions officers' shoes.

Once you determine the stories you'd like to share, think about transforming moments into scenes. You may ask: What's possible? Reading and critiquing successful essays can help orient your vision and voice.

Apply Texas


Apply Texas has 3 main essays. Not all 3 are required to apply

to Texas universities. For example, UT-Austin and A&M College Station only require essay A. In addition, some universities may have additional short answer questions. Certain majors may also require an additional essay not listed below.

Topic A: Tell us your story. What unique opportunities or challenges have you experienced throughout your high school career that have shaped who you are today?

Topic B: Most students have an identity, an interest, or a talent

that defines them in an essential way. Tell us about yourself.

Topic C: You've got a ticket in your hand - Where will you go?

What will you do? What will happen when you get there?

Common Application


The Common Application operates slightly differently than

Apply Texas. You must write one essay that will be sent to each university. In addition, each university will have a supplemental writing prompt that can range from short answers to a long essay.

Although the Common Application offers seven prompts, it's

highly recommended you modify your Apply Texas Essay B to fit prompt #1 as they are nearly identical:

Prompt #1: Some students have a background, identity, interest,

or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. (minimum 250 words, maximum 650 words)