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How to write the 2021-2022 Brown supplemental essays

by Story2 Staff, on Jul 24, 2021 12:31:28 PM

Students who apply to Brown must respond to 3 supplemental essay questions, each with a maximum word count of 250 each. These essays are your chance to show admissions officers who you are as a person and as a student, and why you’ll be a great fit for their school! 

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Read on for our guide to completing Brown’s supplemental essays! 

Brown Prompt #1

Brown’s Open Curriculum allows students to explore broadly while also diving deeply into their academic pursuits. Tell us about an academic interest (or interests) that excites you, and how you might use the Open Curriculum to pursue it. (250 words)

Admissions officers at Brown are looking to admit students who are genuinely excited about learning, and are genuinely excited about learning at Brown. This prompt offers a chance to dig into your academic interests and how they match up with the specific programs available at Brown. You don’t need to know exactly what you want to study in college, so instead of worrying about the “right” choice, just focus on: a) what your real interests are, and b) how those interests fit into the story you’re telling in the rest of your application. What sparked your interests, and how will you continue pursuing them in the future as a student at Brown?

Brown Prompt #2

Brown’s culture fosters a community in which students challenge the ideas of others and have their ideas challenged in return, promoting a deeper and clearer understanding of the complex issues confronting society. This active engagement in dialogue is as present outside the classroom as it is in academic spaces. Tell us about a time you were challenged by a perspective that differed from your own. How did you respond? (200-250 words)

College is all about new experiences with new people. Admissions officers at Brown want to admit curious students who are comfortable challenging their own thinking. This essay is an opportunity to show how you’ve pushed yourself to unpack complex ideas and grow as a thinker. Try to remember conversations you’ve had, people you’ve met, or ideas you’ve listened to and grown from. It’s important not to rehash your achievements or try to paint yourself as all-knowing. The goal is to create a bridge between the person you have been and the person you will be. Try your best to be honest and authentic about your growth and learning.

Brown Prompt #3

Brown students care deeply about their work and the world around them. Students find contentment, satisfaction, and meaning in daily interactions and major discoveries. Whether big or small, mundane or spectacular, tell us about something that brings you joy. (200-250 words)

This question is the perfect opportunity for you to show admissions officers who you are and what brings you happiness. Start by making a list of things that spark joy. This can be a job, a person, an idea, an activity, or anything else. Once you have your list, try to brainstorm moments that show your happiness, passion, and personality.  

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