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Announcement for Class of 2025

Williams Educational Consultants is excited to share with the Class of 2025 that the Common Application Questions have been released and they will remain the same! The Common App Personal Statement is a vital part of college applications, allowing students to showcase their unique experiences and aspirations. It's a chance to go beyond grades and test scores, offering insights into their character and values. With a word limit of 250 to 650 words, applicants must craft a concise yet impactful essay that highlights their personality, passions, and potential contributions to the college community. It's essential to choose a compelling topic, use an authentic voice, and seek feedback for revisions to ensure clarity and coherence.


Ultimately, a well-written Personal Statement can significantly strengthen a student's application and set them apart in the competitive admissions process


Our decision to keep these prompts unchanged is supported by past research showing that overall satisfaction with the prompts exceeded 95% across our constituent groups - students, counselors, advisors, teachers, and member colleges. Moving forward, we want to learn more about who is choosing certain prompts to see if there are any noteworthy differences among student populations and incorporate feedback into future decisions. ~ Common Application

Students who currently work with Williams Educational will begin working on crafting their essay this spring.


Here are the essay prompts below:


  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, then 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 a period of 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.


The Common App has also confirmed that the optional community disruption question will be on 2024-2025 application too.


Are you ready to get started? Contact Williams Educational Consultants today. Our Consultants play a monumental role in helping students showcase their individuality beyond academic achievements and convey their passions, values, and aspirations directly to admissions committees, making it a pivotal step in the college application process to learn how we can help you craft your statement.


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