美国部分高校已经开放2016年春申了，如果有想要明年去美国留学的同学们可要抓紧时间写留学申请文书了，尽量在deadline之前提交留学申请。然而，想要成功拿到offer并不是那么简单，部分高校的essay topic简直是让人瞠目结舌。接下来就来看看美国这16所名校的申请Essay Topic都是怎么样呢？希望同学们要做好心理准备，认真思考应该如何去写。
1、 PRINCETON UNIVERSITY
1.Please briefly elaborate on one of yourextracurricular activities or work experiences that was particularly meaningfulto you. (About 150 words)
2.Please tell us how you have spent the last twosummers (or vacations between school years), including any jobs you haveheld.(About 150 words)
3.Using one of the themes below as a startingpoint, write about a person, event, or experience that helped you define one ofyour values or in some way changed how you approach the world. Please do notrepeat, in full or in part, the essay you wrote for the Common Application.
4.Tell us about a person who has influenced you ina significant way.
5.“One of the great challenges of our time is thatthe disparities we face today have more complex causes and point less straightforwardly to solutions.” Omar Wasow, AssistantProfessor, Politics; Founder, Blackplanet.com. This quote is taken fromProfessor Wasow's January2014 speech at the Martin Luther King Day celebrationat Princeton University.Omar Wasow
6.“Princeton in the Nation’sService” was the title of a speech given by WoodrowWilson on the 150th anniversary of the University. It became the unofficialPrinceton motto and was expanded for the University's 250th anniversary to “Princeton in the nation’s service and in theservice of all nations.” Woodrow Wilson, PrincetonClass of 1879, served on the faculty and was Princeton's president from 1902–1910.
7.“Culture is what presents us with the kinds ofvaluable things that can fill a life. And insofar as we can recognize the valuein those things and make them part of our lives, our lives are meaningful.” Gideon Rosen, Stuart Professor of Philosophy, chair of the Councilof the Humanities and director of the Program in Humanistic Studies, PrincetonUniversity.
8.Using a favorite quotation from an essay orbook you have read in the last three years as a starting point, tell us aboutan event or experience that helped you define one of your values or changed howyou approach the world. Please write the quotation, title and author at thebeginning of your essay.
2、 HARVARD UNIVERSITY
(You may write on a topic of your choice, or youmay choose from one of the following topics.)
1.Unusual circumstances in your life.
2.Travel or living experiences in othercountries.
3.What you would want your future collegeroommate to know about you?
4.An intellectual experience (course ,project,book, discussion, paper, poetry, or research topic in engineering, mathematics,science or other modes of inquiry) that has meant the most to you.
5.How you hope to use your college education?
1.What in particular about Yale has influencedyour decision to apply?
2.What excites you intellectually, really?
3.Think about a disappointment you haveexperienced. What was your response?
4.Suitestyle living - four to six studentssharing a set of rooms - may be an integral part of your Yale College experience.What would you contribute to the dynamic of your suite?
5.What do you wish you were better at being ordoing?
1.What single activity listed in the activitysection of your Common Application are you most proud of and why? (150 words orless)
2.Please tell us what you find most appealingabout Columbia and why. (300 words or less)
1.Stanford students possess an intellectualvitality. Reflect on an idea or experience that has been important to yourintellectual development. (100 to 250 words)
2.Virtually all of Stanford's undergraduates liveon campus. Write a note to your future roommate that reveals something aboutyou or that will help your roommate -- and us -- know you better.(100 to250words)
Duke University seeks a talented, engagedstudent body that embodies the wide range of human experience; we believe thatthe diversity of our students makes our community stronger. If you'd like toshare a perspective you bring or experiences you've had to help us understandyou better-perhaps related to a community you belong to, your sexualorientation or gender identity, or your family or cultural background-weencourage you to do so. Real people are reading your application, and we wantto do our best to understand and appreciate the real people applying to Duke.(250word limit)
7、 UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
The Admissions Committee would like to learnwhy you are a good fit for your undergraduate school choice (College of Artsand Sciences, School of Nursing, The Wharton School, or PennEngineering).Please tell us about specific academic, service, and/or researchopportunities at the University of Pennsylvania that resonate with yourbackground, Interests, and goals.(400-650 words)
8、 CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
1.Members of the Caltech community live, learn,and work within an Honor System with one simple guideline; 'No member shalltake unfair advantage of any other member of the Caltech community.' Whileseemingly simple, questions of ethics, honesty and integrity are sometimespuzzling. Share a difficult situation that has challenged you. What was yourresponse, and how did you arrive at a solution?
2.Caltech students have long been known fortheir quirky sense of humor, whether it be through planning creative pranks,building elaborate party sets, or even the year-long preparation that goes intoour annual Ditch Day. Please describe an unusual way in which you have fun.
3.In an increasingly global and interdependentsociety, there is a need for diversity in thought, background, and experiencein science, technology, engineering and mathematics. How do you see yourselfcontributing to the diversity of Caltech's community?
4.Scientific exploration clearly excites you.Beyond our 3:1 student-to-faculty ratio and our intense focus on researchopportunities, how do you believe Caltech will best fuel your intellectualcuriosity and help you meet your goals?
9、 DARTMOUTH COLLEGE
(Choose one of the following questions.)
1.Every name tells a story: Tell us about yourname--any name: first, middle, last, nickname--and its origin.
2.Tell us about an intellectual experience,either directly related to your schoolwork or not, that you found particularlymeaningful.
3.When you meet someone for the first time, whatdo you want them to know about you, but generally don’t tell them?
4.Describe the influence your hero has had onyour life.
10、JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY
Johns Hopkins University was founded in1876 ona spirit of exploration and discovery. As a result, students can pursue amulti-dimensional undergraduate experience both in and outside of theclassroom. Given the opportunities at Hopkins, please discuss your currentinterests—academic or extracurricular pursuits, personalpassions, summer experiences, etc.—and how you willbuild upon them here. (300-500Wordlimit)
11、 NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
Northwestern Statement: What are the uniquequalities of Northwestern - and of the specific undergraduate school to whichyou are applying - that make you want to attend the University? In what ways doyou hope to take advantage of the qualities you have identified? (300 wordmaximum)
12、 BROWN UNIVERSITY
We all exist within communities or groups ofvarious sizes, origins, and purposes; pick one and tell us why it is importantto you, and how it has shaped you. (150 word limit)
How have your interests and relatedexperiences influenced the major you have selected in the College ofAgriculture and Life Sciences? (Please limit your response to 650 words.)
1.With the understanding that the choice ofacademic school you indicated is not binding, explain why you are applying tothat particular school of study. (150 word limit)
2.How did you first learn about Rice Universityand what motivated you to apply? (250 word limit)
3.In keeping with Rice’s long-standing tradition (known as “The Box”), please share an image of something that appeals to you.
15、 UNIVERSITY OF NOTREDAME
(Select two of the following four prompts andprovide a response of approximately 150 words to each.)
1.A good story starts with a good beginning. Getus hooked in the first 150 words.
2.Blessed Basil Moreau, the founder of theCongregation of Holy Cross, described education as “the art of helping young people to completeness.” How are you incomplete?
3.Notre Dame students are encouraged to learnthrough discovery by interacting with the world around them. Describe yourideal intellectual field trip.
4.Initiate an in-person conversation withsomeone whom you've never met but who you think might be interesting. What didyou learn about that person or yourself?
1.Emory University welcomes first-year studentswith two distinct options to begin their liberal arts education: theresearch-infused Emory College or the smaller, experiential learning OxfordCollege. If you could create an academic course that is in the Emory Universityspirit of collaboration, creativity, entrepreneurship and inquiry, what wouldit be? What impact would the course have on you and your classmates’ educational experience? (500 word limit)
2.What is something you have taught yourself inthe last year? How did you teach yourself this new skill or concept and whatwas the result? (500 word limit)