Ku Application Essay Prompts For Common

Incoming Freshmen

Priority Deadline is Wednesday, November 8.

Incoming Freshman should apply to the Honors Program when they submit their application to the University of Kansas through KU Admissions. Along with the standard application materials required by KU (ACT/SAT scores, etc.), a University Honors application will also require a resume and a response to one of three essay questions (PDF). Applications will not be reviewed until a high school transcript has been received by Admissions. Before applying, be sure to read through our Tips for Applicants.

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Already admitted to KU?
Incoming Freshman who do not apply to the Honors Program through the Admissions website can still apply online once admitted to KU through the Incoming Freshmen: Honors Program Application.

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Are you waiting on the result of your KU Honors application?

Thank you for your application! Due to the high volume of applications received during this time, please allow 4-6 weeks for your Honors Program decision letter to arrive in the mail.


Transfer Students

Transfer students must first submit an application to the University of Kansas through Admissions. Along with the standard application required by KU, you will also need to complete our Current/Transfer Student Application. Please note that applications will not be reviewed until at least one semester of college grades have been received.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting:

-November 15 through two weeks before the start of the spring semester
-June 15 through two weeks before the start of the fall semester

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Current KU Students

Current KU students should apply online through the Current/Transfer Student Application. Please note that applications will not be reviewed until at least one semester of college grades have been received.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting:

-November 15 through two weeks before the start of the spring semester
-June 15 through two weeks before the start of the fall semester

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Why the 2018-2019 Common Application Essay Prompts Make Your Job Easier

 

Some years, students go into the essays blind. The prompts are new and untested. Sometimes the format or length even changes. This can be a daunting prospect.

 

In years when the prompts remain the same, though, you have some examples to work from. Your guidance counselor and college admissions counselors are familiar with them and have worked with students on the same prompts before. You might even be able to read examples from past students to get your creative juices flowing.

 

In addition, if you have the time and feel the itch to get started, you can take advantage of the Common Application account rollover feature to start an application now, and roll it over to complete in the fall when your application period officially begins.

 

While we generally advise students to begin working on their applications during the summer before senior year, there’s nothing wrong with starting earlier if you have a good handle on the other things you need to tackle during junior year, like standardized testing, APs, and your regular school and extracurricular commitments. If you’re one of those students who writes best during an inspired moment of creativity, by all means capture the moment no matter when it arrives.

 

Other Ways to Prepare for the Common Application Before Senior Year

 

Many high school juniors wonder what they can be doing now to get started working towards their Common Applications. While our advice to wait until the summer before senior year remains the same, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t certain skills you can develop or details to tackle now.

 

First, work hard to improve your writing as much as possible. Your personal essay prompts are your chance to really shine as an individual and set yourself apart from a pool of similarly qualified candidates. This means you’ll need to develop a sense of voice in your written work that is both polished and personal. You can do this by writing frequently, paying attention to the feedback you get on written work from teachers across all subject areas, and by joining writing groups or tutoring sessions. Improving your writing skills is one of the most important things you can do to prepare for college applications.

 

To learn more about improving your writing skills, see these posts:

 

How to Sharpen Your Writing Skills

Parents: 10 Easy Ways to Help Your Teen Become a Better Writer

 

Another way to prepare for the Common Application is to begin initial brainstorming about the essay prompts. For some students, the choice of which prompt to tackle is obvious immediately. For others, it takes much longer to make a decision. It’s a good idea to begin a list of possible essay topics. They might fit with a specific prompt, or they may just make good essay fodder to be sculpted into a prompt later. Also, remember that the last prompt allows you to submit an existing essay or even create your own prompt. Keep your eyes and ears open to compile a diverse and eclectic mix of topics to choose from when the time comes.

 

If you’re a high school junior getting ready to consider the 2018-2019 college application season, don’t miss these important CollegeVine posts:

 

A User’s Guide to the Common Application

FAQ About the Race/Ethnicity Section of the Common Application

A Guide to the ‘Demographics’ Page of the Common Application

A Guide to the Education Section of the Common App

How to Master the ‘Honors’ Section of the Common App

 

For more personalized advice, consider the benefits of CollegeVine’s Applications Guidance service. Here, you’ll be paired with a personal admissions specialist who can provide step-by-step guidance through the entire application process, including how to perfect your approach to the personal essay.

 

For more about writing application essays, check out these CollegeVine posts:

 

What If I Don’t Have Anything Interesting To Write About In My College Essay?

How to Write a Last Minute Essay

How to Write the Common Application Essays 2017-2018

Whom Should I Ask for Help with My College Essay?

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