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Best and Worst College Application Essay Prompts, Supplements and Common App Questions

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 12.18.2016 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

As the college application essay writing season draws to a close, with only a short time left before most regular applications are due, I'm looking back on some of the most interesting -- and most annoying -- essays prompts I've seen this year.

A Katrina Kid's Reflection on 10th Anniversary Coverage

Talmon J. Smith | Posted 09.16.2016 | College
Talmon J. Smith

With opinions surrounding Katrina as widely colored and as deeply layered as our king cakes during carnival season, I did my best not to go into the interview series with a predetermined angle or scope for fear of skewing the story through confirmation bias.

Tufts Supplements

Write for the Future | Posted 09.11.2016 | College
Write for the Future

by Tess Jacobson Which aspects of Tufts' curriculum or undergraduate experience prompt your application? In short: "Why Tufts?" (50-100 words) ...

Signs to Good Words

Write for the Future | Posted 06.11.2016 | College
Write for the Future

American Sign Language started with a casual comment from an eighth grade teacher. Visual learners tend to acquire skills in learning sign language.

The Football Way

Write for the Future | Posted 04.01.2015 | Education
Write for the Future

Whether I'm creating campaigns for Marriott to reach Generation Y, or selling solar water heaters in impoverished African villages, I view the challenges in my life as if they were playing out on an imaginary football field.

How Many College Apps (and College App Essays) Are Too Many?

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 01.18.2015 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

It's not up to applicants to make the college admissions officers' lives easier, but it is important for applicants, and their families, to understand the big picture.

There is More to Life Than Freshman Year

Susan Kaufman | Posted 11.08.2014 | College
Susan Kaufman

Sometimes you have to completely throw yourself into something and not look up until all you see is clear sky. I think expectations, snap judgments, and insecurities cloud the conscience; they keep us from living and investing in the present.

How to Write A University-Wide Email: A Guide for Administrators

Michael Restiano | Posted 06.28.2014 | College
Michael Restiano

Being a part of the upper echelon of higher education administration comes with significant responsibilities, as you know. Chief among them is the occasional need to write emails sent to the entire university community.

Small Liberal Arts Campuses: Protest Less, Listen More

Michael Restiano | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Michael Restiano

Protesting is important in that it's the option to turn to when critical discourse is stifled. But protesting the opportunity to hear and engage critically with an ideology is damaging for both parties involved.

Countdown to August 1 for College Admissions Applicants: Common App Essays and Supplements Go Live

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 09.18.2013 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

In recent years, applying to college has become almost as daunting as going to college -- and maybe even more so. The pressure to write essay after essay can be stifling. It can be downright overwhelming.

College Asks Applicants, 'What Does YOLO Mean To You?'

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 07.13.2013 | College

YOLO [YO-low]: An acronym meaning "You only live once." Meant to elicit a carefree attitude, willing to take chances. Also, the subject of an essay...

Millennial Recycling

Attiyya Anthony | Posted 11.20.2012 | Green
Attiyya Anthony

Why can't recycling be like FarmVille? This is one of the many questions Greenbean Recycling founder, Shanker Sahai asked himself before he began laying the framework for his innovative recycling-centered software technology.

Top 8 Most Infamous College Traditions

| Rachel Peck | Posted 01.09.2012 | Home

While some things--nudity, free food, relieving stress in loud, dangerous, or otherwise inappropriate ways--are keystones of every college experience,...

Do Atheists Belong In The Interfaith Movement?

Chris Stedman | Posted 08.14.2011 | Religion
Chris Stedman

In my experience, interfaith work doesn't require that people check their convictions at the door, and if the only thing keeping atheists from participating is a semantic disagreement with the word "faith," I think that is a missed opportunity.

WikiLeaks Goes To Tufts

Tufts Daily | Posted 06.04.2011 | College

A group of current and former Tufts students identifying themselves as "Jumboleaks" on Saturday posted online an outdated list of university financia...

Tufts Students Protest End Of Naked Quad Run With Semi-Clothed Quad Run

Tufts Daily | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Dozens of students last night engaged in a partially nude run around the Res Quad in a peaceful, sober protest against University President Lawrence B...

Tufts Provost To Head Cooper Union

Tufts Daily | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Provost and Senior Vice President Jamshed Bharucha will leave Tufts at the end of the academic year to assume the position of president of The Cooper ...

Forcible Rape Reported At Tufts Fraternity

Tufts Daily | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

The Tufts University Police Department (TUPD) late last month received a report of a forcible rape at the Sigma Nu fraternity house, according to a pu...

Bike Share Programs In The Works For Boston

Tufts Daily | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Paris, Minneapolis, Denver, Washington, Miami, New York, Hangzhou, China, and now Boston -- these are just some of the many cities across the world th...

'Most Dangerous' Ranking Irks Tufts

Tufts Daily | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

A new listing last week ranked Tufts as the most dangerous campus in the nation, beating out 457 other institutions. University administrators have di...

Most Creative Essay Prompts

Posted 05.25.2011 | College

As colleges move to eliminate more conventional ways of evaluating applicants -- like SAT scores -- and application numbers continue to rise, the pres...

Tufts Embraces Twitter

Tufts Daily | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Tufts has a new voice -- and it speaks in 140-character chunks. The official Tufts Twitter account (@TuftsUniversity) has amassed more than 5,000 f...

Tufts A Top Producer Of Fulbright Scholars

News | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Tufts and Harvard University this year tied as the top producers of Fulbright scholars in Massachusetts, as well as two of the leading contributors of...

Tufts Program Combines Paintball, Counterinsurgency

Tufts Daily | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

This weekend, the election of a corrupt official, narrowly avoided food riots and improvised explosive devices (IED) that killed several coalition for...

More New England Schools To Increase Tuition Beyond $50,000

Tufts Daily | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

The number of schools in New England that next year will join Tufts in charging $50,000 or more for yearly tuition, room and board will likely more th...