How to write 2021-2022 supplemental essays
by Story2 Staff, on Jul 24, 2021 6:31:58 PM
Your grades, test scores, and list of extracurricular activities help admissions readers understand who you are as a student and college applicant, and your personal statement helps them understand who you are as a person — a real human being with likes and dislikes, commitments and hobbies, hopes and dreams for the future. What, then, are supplemental essays for?
Well, not every school requires them, but for those that do, they’re your best — really, the only — chance to dive into the details of why you’re interested in that specific college. Supplements are your opportunity to show colleges that you’re a great fit for their programs based on what you've already done and the unique characteristics that make you, well, you. It should go without saying, then, that supplemental essays are something you should spend time on and take seriously. After all, they help determine where you’re going to spend the next four years of your life!
So how can you use the supplements to demonstrate that you are a great fit -- academically and personally -- for each specific school on your list? We’ve got you covered with guides to specific schools’ supplemental essays! Your approach to each one will be slightly different, but you’ll notice some commonalities in our advice for each college: be as specific, unique, and personal as possible. This is the most effective way to show colleges not only that their school is a great fit for you, but also that you're a great fit for them.
Here's a Comprehensive Guide to Organizing and Completing your College Admission Supplements. Click the links below for our guides to individual colleges’ supplemental prompts. To access our self-paced courses on writing supplemental essays, sign up for a Story2 subscription.
2021-2022 Supplemental Essay Guides
- Brown University
- Columbia University
- Cornell University
- Duke University
- Harvard University
- Stanford University
- University of California System
- University of Chicago
- University of Michigan
- University of Pennsylvania (Penn)
- University of Southern California
- University of Texas
- University of Virginia
- Yale University
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