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Jun 13

2015 Application Essay Prompts

After much discussion among the admissions committee, we’ve now selected the essay prompts for the 2015 application. We hope they will inspire you to write an essay that will help us understand who you are, how you think, and what you might contribute to the University community. Keep in mind that your essays will be evaluated not only for admission, but also for possible selection for merit-based scholarships and Excel@Carolina.

First-Year Applicants

You’ll submit two essays, the first of which is from the main part of the Common Application. These prompts are common to all schools who accept the Common Application and you can view both the prompts and instructions here.

The second essay will be specific to the UNC application. You’ll choose one prompt and respond in an essay of 400-500 words. Here are the questions:

  1. Why do you do what you do?
  2. You were just invited to speak at the White House. Write your speech.
  3. What one thing should all students know before their high school graduation?
  4. What concerns you about your world? What do you hope to do to make it better?
  5. UNC Professor Barbara Fredrickson – an expert in positive emotions – has defined love as “micro-moments of connection between people, even strangers.” Tell us about a time when you experienced a “micro-moment of connection.” What did you learn?

Transfer Applicants

This year, we’ll also be asking transfer applicants to submit two essays. The first essay is from the main part of the Common Application. You’ll be asked to respond to the following prompt in an essay of 250-650 words: Please provide a statement that addresses your reasons for transferring and the objectives you hope to achieve.

The second essay will be unique to the UNC transfer application. You’ll choose one of the following prompts and respond in an essay of 400-500 words:

  1. Why do you do what you do?
  2. How do you define wisdom?
  3. You were just invited to speak at the White House. Write your speech.
  4. What concerns you about your world? What do you hope to do to make it better?
  5. UNC Computer Science Professor Frederick P. Brooks discovered what has become known as Brook’s law – “adding more man-power to a late project will make the project later.” Tell us about a counterintuitive or surprising solution to a problem you stumbled upon in your life.

Next week on the blog, we’ll be posting lots of advice and tips for the essays, so stay tuned!

  1. Thanks for sharing so early!! And for including your transfer prompts.
    Rebecca Joseph PhD
    Founder
    All College Application Essays
    The one -stop for all college application requirements.

  2. Thank you for publishing the essays so early. It is a great help to me and my clients here in Winston-Salem!

  3. ALAN HAAS says:

    There are leaders and their are laggards. It is nice to see a large state university at the head of the class. Many thanks for this positive initiative to help students get an early start. Let us hope that this informtion will be published widely to the diverse student population to which UNC is committed.

  4. SR says:

    Hmmm….seems interesting!

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