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Essays Prompts

  • Below is the complete set of essay prompts for 2024-2025. (650 words)

    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, please share your story.

    2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?

    3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?

    4. Reflect on something that someone has done for you that has made you happy or thankful in a surprising way. How has this gratitude affected or motivated you?

    5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.

    6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?

    7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.

  • While there is no perfect length for an essay, we recommend that you aim for 500 to 650 words.

    1. Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it.

    2. What interests or excites you? How does it shape who you are now or who you might become in the future?

    3. Describe a time when you had a positive impact on others. What were the challenges? What were the rewards?

    4. Has there been a time when an idea or belief of yours was questioned? How did you respond? What did you learn?

    5. What success have you achieved or obstacles have you faced? What advice would you give a sibling or friend going through a similar experience?

    6. Submit an essay on a topic of your choice

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  • ALL APPLICANTS: Please elaborate on any special talents or skills you would like to highlight.
     

    Short Essay (Approximately one-half page, single-spaced)
    ALL APPLICANTS: Briefly discuss the significance to you of the school or summer activity in which you have been most involved.
     

    Essay One (Approximately one page, single-spaced)
    ALL APPLICANTS:  Georgetown is a diverse community, the Admissions Committee would like to know more about you in your own words. Please submit a brief personal or creative essay which you feel best describes you and reflects on your own background, identity, skills, and talents.
     

    Essay Two (Approximately one page, single-spaced)
     

    APPLICANTS TO THE COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES: Founded in 1789, the Georgetown College of Arts & Sciences is committed to the Jesuit traditions of an integrated education and productive research in the natural science, humanities, social sciences, and fine arts. Describe your interest in studying at the College of Art & Sciences. Applicants interested in the sciences, mathematics, or language are encouraged to make specific references to their choice of major.
     

    APPLICANTS TO THE SCHOOL OF NURSING: Georgetown University's School of Nursing is committed to the formation of ethical, empathetic, and transformational nursing leaders. Describe the factors that have influenced your interest in studying Nursing at Georgetown University.
     

    APPLICANTS TO THE SCHOOL OF HEALTH: Georgetown University’s School of Health was founded to advance the health and well-being of people locally, nationally, and globally through innovative research, the delivery of interdisciplinary education, and transformative engagement of communities. Describe the factors that influenced your interest in studying health care at  Georgetown University, specifically addressing your intended related major: Global Health, Health Care Management & Policy, or Human Science.

    APPLICANTS TO THE WALSH SCHOOL OF FOREIGN SERVICE: Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service was founded more than a century ago to prepare generations of leaders with the foundational skills to address global issues. Describe your primary motivations for studying international affairs at Georgetown University and dedicating your undergraduate studies toward a future in global service.

    APPLICANTS TO THE MCDONOUGH SCHOOL OF BUSINESS:  Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business provides graduates with essential global, ethical, analytical, financial, and diverse perspectives on the economies of our nation and the world. Describe your primary motivations for studying business at Georgetown University.

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