For each prompt, we give you potential topics you can write about and key tips for answering it effectively.
If you’re still struggling to decide, though, ask yourself: what do you want to write about most? Is there something you just can’t seem to get out of your head? You can then determine whether this topic you have in mind fits one of the prompts above.
If not, you can just put it under Prompt 5 and make it an essay of your choice!
For example, maybe you’re passionate about volunteering at homeless shelters.
Although you could just list your volunteer experience in the extracurriculars section of your application, with the essay, you can add far more color to this aspect of yourself by explaining you volunteer, what made you interested in assisting those who are less fortunate, and how this experience has shaped you as a person.
Describe a time when you made a meaningful contribution to others in which the greater good was your focus.
Discuss the challenges and rewards of making your contribution.
For this prompt, you can write about virtually anything you want to, so long as it reveals something unique about yourself that’ll make the admissions committee Now that we’ve covered the five Coalition Application essay prompts, how can you figure out which prompt is best suited for you?
Your answers to the following five questions should help give you a sense of which Coalition essay prompts might work better for you based on your experiences and interests: These questions are just a quick way to help you decide which of the five Coalition essay prompts might work well for you.
(For a more in-depth look at how the Coalition App differs from the Common App, check out our expert guide to the Coalition vs Common App.) Like the Common App, the Coalition App has a section for which applicants must write and submit a personal essay.
Most schools that accept the Coalition App require applicants to submit an essay.