Common App Essay Prompts 2021-2022

“Particularly at this challenging time, we can help students think about something positive and heartfelt in their lives. And we can do it explicitly.”

Jenny Rickard, President & CEO, Common App

“As a member of the Common Application Advisory Committee, I appreciated learning about the careful and deliberative process, involving a variety of counseling and student stakeholders, to recommend these revisions to the essay prompts. During these difficult times, it will be encouraging for students and those reviewing these essay responses to be reminded of the joy and hope that generosity and gratitude can foster.”

Sacha Thieme, Assistant Vice Provost & Executive Director of Admissions, Indiana University