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Essay Prompts

Admission Essay requirements

Essay A (required, 250–650 words): What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades and test scores? Choose the option below that best helps you answer that question. Use the prompt to inspire and structure your response. Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal. Use the full range if you need it, but don't feel obligated to do so. (The application won't accept a response shorter than 250 words.)

  • Some students have a background, identity, interest or talent that is so meaningful that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
  • 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?
  • Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
  • Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query or an ethical dilemma—anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or what steps could be taken to identify a 
  • Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your  transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community or family.

Essay B (required, 250–500 words): The University of Colorado Boulder's Flagship 2030 strategic plan promotes the exceptional teaching, research, scholarship, creative works and service that distinguishes us as a premier university. We strive to foster a diverse and inclusive community that engages each member in opportunities for academic excellence, leadership and a deeper understanding of the world in which we live. Given the statement above, how do you think you could enrich our diverse and inclusive community and what are your hopes for your college 

Admission essay/personal statement essay prompts

  • Focus on the question or topic requested 
  • Be creative, organized  and succinct  
  • Show who you are and how you think
  • Write what you know
  • Get feedback on drafts from a trusted mentor
  • Keep to the word limits
  • Use your own voice
  • Proofread, edit, spell and grammar check
  • Slang, jargon, clichés or excessively elaborate prose
  • Writing too little or too much
  • Redundant sentences and phrases
  • Comparing yourself to other students
  • Submitting the same essay for multiple applications

Additional prompts here.

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Alumni statistics 

Where they live

Greater Denver Area - 73,458
San Francisco Bay Area - 9,080
Greater New York City Area - 6,518
Greater Los Angeles Area - 5,940
Greater Seattle Area - 3,669

Where they work

University of Colorado - 888
Lockheed Martin - 572
Oracle - 537
IBM - 380
University of Colorado Denver - 291

What they do

Education - 14,262
Engineering - 13,953
Entrepreneurship - 13,778
Sales - 12,915
Operations - 11,366
Media and Communication - 9,424
Research - 9,390
Information Technology - 7,743

What they studied

Psychology - 9,580
Economics - 7,977
Political Science and Government - 6,619
Business Administration and Management, General - 5,935
Finance, General - 5,934
Computer Science - 5,722
Marketing - 5,664
Journalism - 5,010

What they’re skilled at

Microsoft Office - 31,460
Leadership - 28,878
Customer Service - 27,849
Public Speaking - 27,360
Management - 26,938
Social Media - 24,140
Research - 24,079
Microsoft Excel - 22,801

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BA, English




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DavidHPresident and CEO at Mortgage Bankers Association

Group Senior Vice President at World Savings
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President - Affiliated Businesses the Long & Foster Companies at The Long & Foster Companies
BA, Political Science 1977 – 2000



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ClaudiaI CEO Intelligent Solutions, co-author 5 books, founder Boulder BI Brain Trust (BBBT). Catch my Tweets at Claudia_Imhoff

President at Intelligent Solutions
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ScottF CEO at Playboy Enterprises, Inc.

Chairman & CEO at Columbia House
Co-founder at Gazelle TechVentures
LP at Sage Venture Partners
B.A., Economics 1975 – 1979



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