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Интересни въпроси и теми на есета за кандидатстване в елитни американски университети

Какво искат още да научат за своите кандидати Харвард, Принстън, Йейл и другите престижни американски университети?



Въпросите, които задават известните американски университети на своите кандидат-студенти винаги са предизвиквали интерес. Ако за младежите, които се стремят да влязат в престижно висше училище, тези теми са повод за сериозно обмисляне какво точно да се напише, за да ги забележат и приемат, то за другите, които обичат да се упражняват върху приятни главоблъсканици, това е примамливо занимание.


Подбрах няколко елитни университета, за да споделя какви теми задават на своите кандидат-студенти. Запазвам въпросите на английски, за да не се загубят нюансите. Започвам с едни от най-престижните – тези от Бръшляновата лига и топ училищата, продължавам с други интересни и приключва с два нови американски университета в чужбина.

Бръшляновата лига


Brown University

Why are you drawn to the area(s) of study you indicated earlier in this application? (You may share with us a skill or concept that you found challenging and rewarding to learn, or any experiences beyond course work that may have broadened your interest.) (250 word limit)


What do you hope to experience at Brown through the Open Curriculum, and what do you hope to contribute to the Brown community? (250 word limit)


Tell us about the place, or places, you call home. These can be physical places where you have lived, or a community or group that is important to you. (250 word limit)


Columbia University

List a few words or phrases that describe your ideal college community.


List the titles of the required readings from courses during the school year or summer that you enjoyed most in the past year.


List the titles of the books you read for pleasure that you enjoyed most in the past year.


List the titles of the print, electronic publications and websites you read regularly.


List the titles of the films, concerts, shows, exhibits, lectures and other entertainments you enjoyed most in the past year.


Cornell University

Cornell Engineering celebrates innovative problem solving that helps people, communities…the world. Consider your ideas and aspirations and describe how a Cornell Engineering education would allow you to leverage technological problem-solving to improve the world we live in. (Please limit your response to 650 words.)


Dartmouth College

Please respond in 100 words or less:


While arguing a Dartmouth-related case before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1818, Daniel Webster, Class of 1801, delivered this memorable line: “It is, Sir…a small college. And yet, there are those who love it!” As you seek admission to the Class of 2023, what aspects of the College’s program, community or campus environment attract your interest?


Choose one of the following prompts and respond in 250-300 words:


“I have no special talent,” Albert Einstein once observed. “I am only passionately curious.” Celebrate your curiosity.

The Hawaiian word mo’olelo is often translated as “story” but it can also refer to history, legend, genealogy, and tradition. Use one of these translations to introduce yourself.

“You can’t use up creativity,” Maya Angelou mused. “The more you use, the more you have.” Share a creative moment or impulse—in any form—that inspired creativity in your life.

In the aftermath of World War II, Dartmouth President John Sloane Dickey, Class of 1929, proclaimed, “The world’s troubles are your troubles…and there is nothing wrong with the world that better human beings cannot fix.” Which of the world’s “troubles” inspires you to act? How might your course of study at Dartmouth prepare you to address it?

In The Bingo Palace, author Louise Erdrich, Class of 1976, writes, “…no one gets wise enough to really understand the heart of another, though it is the task of our life to try.” Discuss.

Emmy and Grammy winner Donald Glover is a 21st century Renaissance man—an actor, comedian, writer, director, producer, singer, songwriter, rapper, and DJ. And yet the versatile storyteller and performer recently told an interviewer, “The thing I imagine myself being in the future doesn’t exist yet.” Can you relate?



– Unusual circumstances in your life

– Travel, living, or working experiences in your own or other communities

– What you would want your future college roommate to know about you

– 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

– How you hope to use your college education

– A list of books you have read during the past twelve months

– The Harvard College Honor code declares that we “hold honesty as the foundation of our community.” As you consider entering this community that is committed to honesty, please reflect on a time when you or someone you observed had to make a choice about whether to act with integrity and honesty.

– The mission of Harvard College is to educate our students to be citizens and citizen-leaders for society. What would you do to contribute to the lives of your classmates in advancing this mission?

– Each year a substantial number of students admitted to Harvard defer their admission for one year or take time off during college. If you decided in the future to choose either option, what would you like to do?

– Harvard has long recognized the importance of student body diversity of all kinds. We welcome you to write about distinctive aspects of your background, personal development or the intellectual interests you might bring to your Harvard classmates.


University of Pennsylvania

How will you explore your intellectual and academic interests at the University of Pennsylvania? Please answer this question given the specific undergraduate school to which you are applying. (400-650 words)



Tell us about a person who has influenced you in a significant way.


Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences that was particularly meaningful to you.


Please tell us how you have spent the last two summers (or vacations between school years), including any jobs you have held.


Your favorite book and its author

Your favorite movie

Your favorite website

Two adjectives your friends would use to describe you

Your favorite recording

Your favorite keepsake or memento

Your favorite source of inspiration

Your favorite word

Your favorite line from a movie or book and its title



What is it about Yale that has led you to apply? (125 words or fewer)


Кратки въпроси (не повече от 200 думи или около 35 думи):


1. What inspires you?

2. Yale’s residential colleges regularly host conversations with guests representing a wide range of experiences and accomplishments. What person, past or present, would you invite to speak? What question would you ask?

3. You are teaching a Yale course. What is it called?

4. Most first-year Yale students live in suites of four to six people. What do you hope to add to your suitemates’ experience? What do you hope they will add to yours?



(да се изберат само две от темите и текстовете трябва да са 250 думи или по-кратки)


1. Think about an idea or topic that has been intellectually exciting for you. Why are you drawn to it?


2. Reflect on your engagement with a community to which you belong. How do you feel you have contributed to this community?
3. Yale students, faculty, and alumni engage issues of local, national, and international importance. Discuss an issue that is significant to you and how your college experience might help you address it.


Съвети какво да се отговори: https://blog.collegevine.com/how-to-write-the-yale-university-application-essays-2018-2019/


Други топ университети





What is the most significant challenge that society faces today?

How did you spend your last two summers?

What historical moment or event do you wish you could have witnessed?

What five words best describe you?

When the choice is yours, what do you read, listen to, or watch?

Name one thing you are looking forward to experiencing at Stanford.

Imagine you had an extra hour in the day — how would you spend that time?



The Stanford community is deeply curious and driven to learn in and out of the classroom. Reflect on an idea or experience that makes you genuinely excited about learning. (100 to 250 words)


Virtually all of Stanford’s undergraduates live on campus. Write a note to your future roommate that reveals something about you or that will help your roommate – and us – know you better. (100 to 250 words)


Tell us about something that is meaningful to you and why. (100 to 250 words)


California Institute of Technology

Describe three experiences and/or activities that have helped develop your passion for a possible career in a STEM field. Use the separate spaces provided below, one for each STEM experience and/or activity.

STEM experience/activity 1… and explanation (Your response should range between 10-120 words.)

Much like the life of a professional scientist or engineer, the life of a „Techer“ relies heavily on collaboration. Knowing this, what do you hope to explore, innovate, or create with your Caltech peers? (Your response should range between 250-400 words.)

Caltech students are often known for their sense of humor and creative pranks. What do you like to do for fun? (Your response should range between 250-400 words.)

The process of discovery best advances when people from various backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives come together. How do you see yourself contributing to the diversity of Caltech’s community? (Your response should range between 250-400 words.)


И други хубави американски университети


„Rigorous reasoning is crucial in mathematics, and insight plays an important secondary role these days. In the natural sciences, I would say that the order of these two virtues is reversed. Rigor is, of course, very important. But the most important value is insight—insight into the workings of the world. It may be because there is another guarantor of correctness in the sciences, namely, the empirical evidence from observation and experiments.“
Kannan Jagannathan, Professor of Physics, Amherst College


„Translation is the art of bridging cultures. It’s about interpreting the essence of a text, transporting its rhythms and becoming intimate with its meaning… Translation, however, doesn’t only occur across languages: mentally putting any idea into words is an act of translation; so is composing a symphony, doing business in the global market, understanding the roots of terrorism. No citizen, especially today, can exist in isolation—that is, untranslated.“
Ilan Stavans, Professor of Latin American and Latino Culture, Amherst College, Robert Croll ’16 and Cedric Duquene ’15, from „Interpreting Terras Irradient,“ Amherst Magazine, Spring 2015.


„Creating an environment that allows students to build lasting friendships, including those that cut across seemingly entrenched societal and political boundaries… requires candor about the inevitable tensions, as well as about the wonderful opportunities, that diversity and inclusiveness create.“
Carolyn „Biddy“ Martin, President of Amherst College, Letter to Amherst College Alumni and Families, December 28, 2015.


„Difficulty need not foreshadow despair or defeat. Rather achievement can be all the more satisfying because of obstacles surmounted.“
Attributed to William Hastie, Amherst Class of 1925, the first African-American to serve as a judge for the United States Court of Appeals


University of Southern California

USC believes that one learns best when interacting with people of different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Tell us about a time you were exposed to a new idea or when your beliefs were challenged by another point of view.

Describe something outside of your intended academic focus about which you are interested in learning.

What is something about yourself that is essential to understanding you?
Describe how you plan to pursue your academic interests at USC. Please feel free to address your first- and second-choice major selections. (250 word limit)

Describe yourself in three words.

What is your favorite snack?

Favorite app/website:

Best movie of all time:

Hashtag to describe yourself:

Dream job:

What is your theme song?

Dream trip:

What TV show will you binge watch next?

Place you are most content?


Carnegie Mellon University

“When we‘re connected to others, we become better people,” said Carnegie Mellon University‘s Randy Pausch, author of The Last Lecture. At Carnegie Mellon you‘ll have the opportunity to collaborate with a diverse community of scholars, artists and innovators. Given the students, faculty, staff and resources that have been available to you as a student, how have you collaborated with others, in or out of the classroom? Or, what lessons have you learned from working with others in the past, that might shape your experience in the future?
(300 word maximum)

Most students choose their intended major or area of study based on a passion or inspiration that’s developed over time – what passion or inspiration led you to choose this area of study?
(300 word maximum)

Consider your application as a whole. What do you personally want to emphasize about your application for the admission committee’s consideration? Highlight something that’s important to you or something you haven’t had a chance to share. Tell us, don’t show us (no websites please).
(300 word maximum)


Georgia Institute of Technology

Tech’s motto is Progress and Service. We find that students who ultimately have a broad impact first had a significant one at home. What is your role in your immediate or extended family? And how have you seen evidence of your impact on them?

Georgia Tech is always looking for innovative undergraduates. Have you had any experience as an entrepreneur? What would you like Georgia Tech to provide to further your entrepreneurial interests?

In your application review, we want to get to know you better. One way to do that is to understand a typical day for you. Describe your typical day?



Whether you’ve built blanket forts or circuit boards, created slam poetry or mixed media installations, tell us: What have you invented, engineered, produced or designed? Or what do you hope to?


Our Experimental College encourages current students to develop and teach a class for the Tufts community. Previous classes have included those based on personal interests, current events and more. What would you teach and why?


Mount Holyoke College

1. Tell us why you are interested in attending Mount Holyoke College.

2. What makes you proud and how does this help to define you?


New York University


We would like to know more about your interest in NYU. We are particularly interested in knowing what motivated you to apply to NYU and more specifically, why you have applied or expressed interest in a particular campus, school, college, program, and/or area of study? If you have applied to more than one, please tell us why you are interested in each of the campuses, schools, colleges, or programs to which you have applied. You may be focused or undecided, or simply open to the options within NYU’s global network; regardless, we want to understand – Why NYU? (400 word maximum)


И няколко по-нови университети в други държави:

Jacobs University

Why do you want to attend Jacobs University? (200 words or fewer)


Which aspects of Jacobs University’s academic program appeal to you the most and how will your past experiences, both academic and personal, fit in? (350 words or fewer)





My friends would be surprised if they knew that I…

How have you changed in the last three years?

What challenges you?

What item would you bring to Yale-NUS that represents you or your community and why?

What is a question you want answered?


Теми за есе:


1. Describe an interesting interaction you have had with someone different than yourself. Who was this person and what was the nature of the interaction?

2. Describe a time in your life when your perspective on an issue of importance was fundamentally altered. What contributed to your change of perspective?

3. Why try something new? Illustrate with a personal example.


 източник: Common App


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