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College Essay

Though grades and test scores can help determine a student's academic ability, they can't catch his or her personality. This is where the college essay enters the picture. Students may use the college essay to tell their own tale to admissions officers. It doesn't matter how popular an essay subject is, but whether a student can articulate something meaningful about himself or herself.

CUNY Essay Prompts

  1. Tell us something meaningful about yourself that is not reflected in your application.  You may choose to speak about your interests, aspirations and/or background.                                                                       

  2. It is often said that the road to success is paved with setbacks.  Tell us about a time you faced a challenge or obstacle.  What did you learn from it, and how did it contribute to your success?                                    

  3. Share an essay on any topic.  You may use an essay that you have previously written or one that discusses a topic of your choice.

Why Does your College Essay Matter?

The College Admission Essay is a chance for you to stand out from the crowd. Human beings, not test scores, transcripts, or applications, are the ones that go to college.

Click HERE to go to the 2020-2021 Common Application essay prompts.