Hot Tips for Writing Responses to the Most Common Supplement Essay Question on the CommonApp

SupplementsWhy Do you Want to Go to The University of xxxxx?

Note this MOST COMMON SUPPLEMENT question asks more than what appears in writing. The question implies, what can you get out of an undergraduate experience at college xxx that you can’t get anywhere else?

You should NOT lead with:

  • Location (e.g., I always wanted to study in Boston!)
  • Current students (e.g., the love of my life goes there)
  • Its great reputation


You SHOULD lead with:

Specific academic programs, courses, professors, seminars, etc. offered at that particular school; research the specific departments in which you are likely to declare your major

Unique Study Abroad programs

Internship and Community Service opportunities

Sports programs


You SHOULD draw information from:

  • Campus visit(s)
  • Info session (ask M&D to take notes!) and tour
  • College website
  • Guidance counselor
  • College Fair intel
  • Discussions with faculty and current students
  • Classes you attended or other activities in which you participated while on campus





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