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New Essay Topics

The essay topics have changed beginning with summer/fall 2014.

Essay Topics for Summer/Fall 2014 and Beyond

To be complete, your application must include at least two essays. All applicants must submit Topic C and a second essay in response to A, B, D (required for some majors) or S. 

Required Essay Topic (for all applicants)

C

Essay Topic

Considering your lifetime goals, discuss how your current and future academic and extra-curricular activities might help you achieve your goals.

Second Essay Topic (select one of the following)

A

Essay Topic

Describe a setting in which you have collaborated or interacted with people whose experiences and/or beliefs differ from yours. Address your initial feelings and how those feelings were or were not changed by this experience.

B

Essay Topic

Describe a circumstance, obstacle or conflict in your life, and the skills and resources you used to resolve it. Did it change you? If so, how?

D

Submit this essay (along with Essay C) if you are applying to architecture, art history, design, studio art, or visual art studies/art education.

Major-specific Essay Topic

Personal interaction with objects, images and spaces can be so powerful as to change the way one thinks about particular issues or topics. For your intended area of study (architecture, art history, design, studio art, visual art studies/art education), describe an experience where instruction in that area or your personal interaction with an object, image or space effected this type of change in your thinking. What did you do to act upon your new thinking and what have you done to prepare yourself for further study in this area?

 S

Special Circumstances Essay Topic (not available through ApplyTexas)

There may be personal information that you want considered as part of your admissions application. Write an essay describing that information. You might include exceptional hardships, challenges, or opportunities that have shaped or impacted your abilities or academic credentials, personal responsibilities, exceptional achievements or talents, educational goals, or ways in which you might contribute to an institution committed to creating a diverse learning environment.

Looking for suggestions about writing your essays? See the “Writing Your Essays” item on the Hints & Tips page.

Updated Tue, 2013-10-08 13:25 | Top

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