We're not Uncommon just for the sake of being uncommon.
We know that each applicant is a bright and passionate individual - numbers alone can't contain the multitudes within every one of our students. That's why we're so serious about crafting an application which allow you to show off your singular character. For years, we've offered students unique essay questions - each designed to challenge, provoke, and inspire. Responses have taken many forms, including elaborate equations, stunning maps, bold jokes, and stirring manifestos. In the end, these essays allow Admissions Counselors to get to know you and how your brain works!
So every Spring, we ask admitted and current students to help continue the tradition. They submit their own ideas for essay topics, ranging from the sincere to the philosophical to the downright hilarious. Together with a committee of students and alums, Admissions Counselors choose their favorites - topics that will appeal to a wide variety of thinkers. With past questions like "find X" or "how do you feel about Wednesday?", you can be certain that our questions won't be your typical "what did you do on your summer vacation?"
This Thursday around 6pm Central Time, we're thrilled to be releasing our Extended Essay Prompts for the 2013-2014 application cycle. In fact, we're so excited that we can barely wait till then - over the next few days, we'll be releasing teasers, each hinting at the theme of an essay prompt, through our Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter. Feel free to use the space below to post your topic guesses! If you're close, we'll give you a shout out on Thursday afternoon!
The game is afoot,
Senior Admissions Counselor