Best Essay Prompts 2018

There many events, experiences or events that can form basis for your next essay. However, before you settle on a topic, it is important to evaluate it to see whether it will pass the basic test. Here are some of the five most popular essay prompts from 2015 and 2016.


  1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it.If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
  1. The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
  1. Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
  1. What’s a question that has changed how you understand the world? What changed?
  2. You’ve just reached your one millionth hit on your YouTube video. What is the video about?
  3. How do you define yourself?
  4. A good story starts with a good beginning. Get us hooked in the first 150 words.
  5. Whether you are goal tending or cheering from the stands, discuss your role in sports in your life.
  6. What do you think is the greatest threat to civility?
  7. Pick one woman from history discuss how she helped shape the present. Make sure to explain your choice
  8. Why are you here and not somewhere else?
  9. Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
  10. You were just invited to speak at the White House. Write your speech.
  11. Tell us about a time when you experienced a ‘micro-moment of connection.’ What did you learn?
  12. What one invention would you uninvent if you could, and why?
  1. Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.
  2. Write about your nerdy side
  3. Tell us about an unjust law, written or unwritten, that you believe should be broken.
  4. You are writing your autobiography. Imagine what you would say on page 54 about yourself and your experiences.
  5. Imagine a scientist and artist coming together for a conversation about color. How do you think this exchange would go?
  6. Every name tells a story: Tell us about your name — any name: first, middle, last, nickname — and its origin.
  7. When you meet someone for the first time, what do you want them to know about you, but generally don’t tell them?
  8. The founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross described education as ‘the art of helping young people to completeness.’ How are you incomplete?
  9. Tell us about spiders.
  10. Design your own three-and-a-half week course and describe what you would do.
  1. Write the story of your life until now, what are the main highlights and why?

Most prompts borrowed from common apps site


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