Essay for 2014 Application  

Purdue will move to the Common Application for students who will apply for 2014 enrollment. Students who will be first-time college freshman will apply to Purdue using the Common App. Other students (e.g., transfer students) will use the Purdue application but the essay questions will be the same. Below are essay questions for the 2014 Common App and the 2014 Purdue application. The application for 2014 enrollment will be available by August 1, 2013.

Instructions. The essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice. What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores? Choose the option that best helps you answer that question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, using 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 Common App won't accept a response shorter than 250 words.)