Schools that don’t require Supplemental Essays: Are you applying to a large number of prestigious universities but sick of having to write additional essays?
The table below lists prestigious universities that do not require additional essays for admission. Only your Common Application or Coalition Application essay will suffice for consideration.
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What are Supplemental Essays?
A supplemental essay is a written piece required by some selective universities that allow applicants to actually articulate their goals while also providing recruiters with a clear background of each of her prospective applicants beyond their academic records and how they (applicants) will fit within the university community.
Supplementary essays also give schools tangible evidence of a candidate’s writing ability.
Should you limit your applications to schools that do not require a supplemental essay?
Applying just to schools that do not require a supplement would drastically limit your possibilities, and we do not advocate doing so.
In spite of this fact, supplements can be used as a litmus test to determine how much you care about a particular college or university.
In fact, if you’re particularly enthusiastic about attending a specific institution, you’re more likely to be willing to put in the extra effort (after all, it’s an opportunity for you to demonstrate to a college why they should accept you)
If on other hand, you are put off by the prospect of writing a supplemental essay, it may signal that you are not as enthusiastic about a particular institution as you thought you were.
Some essay prompts will also provide you with insight into the personality of a particular institution.
Overall, the essay requirements of a college should not be a key deciding factor in deciding whether or not to apply to a particular school (unless you are severely limited in time).
The most crucial thing to consider is whether or not you will be a good fit for the school both academically and socially. Consider the following examples:
Do you match the stats for admitted students?
Does the school offer strong programs in your areas of interest?
Are there resources to support your unique values and pursuits outside of the classroom?
Is the school located somewhere desirable for you?