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Best Stanford Essay Prompts Writing Tips

A few facts about Stanford University

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Stanford University is a private institution founded in 1885, located in the California Bay area 30miles from San Francisco. For 2015 Stanford is tied for 4th among top ranked U.S. schools. Undergraduate enrollment is a little over 7000 students. Acceptance rate for applicants was 5.7 % during the last enrollment. Stanford has 7 schools, 4 of which offer undergraduate and graduate programs, and the other 3 having graduate programs only. The current faculty members of Stanford have earned 22 Nobel prizes and 5 Pulitzer prizes. Stanford alumni include former U.S. President Herbert Hoover, former NFL quarterback John Elway, actress Sigourney Weaver and golfer Tiger Woods.

Stanford essay prompts for applicants

Applicants to Stanford will apply using Common Core. They will also respond to all three of the following Stanford essay prompts. (250 word limit for each essay)

  1. Stanford students possess an intellectual vitality. Reflect on an idea or experience that has been important to your intellectual development.
  2. Virtually all of Stanford’s undergraduates live on campus. Write a note to your future roommate that reveals something about you or that will help your roommate and us know you better.
  3. What matters to you, and why?

The following tips can be useful for responding to Stanford essay prompts:

  • Writing a statement of purpose for Stanford should demonstrate you are interesting and intelligent, you have something to offer and that you can write. Include things in the essay that you want Stanford to know about you.
  • Don’t include things you want Stanford to know but have already told them someplace else. Provide information that they don’t already know.
  • Be concise. You only have 250 words to get your point across. Provide enough detail to be clear but extra details aren’t necessary. Part of what is looked at is how well you write, and clear concise writing makes a good impression.
  • Show how you are different. Diversity is valued by Stanford. What is there that is different about you that might benefit the campus in some way?
  • Be yourself. Admissions look at plenty of essays. They can usually tell when somebody is being themselves, or if they are saying what they think admissions wants to hear.
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The Stanford University essay prompt “Virtually all of Stanford’s undergraduates live on campus. Write a note to your future roommate that reveals something about you or that will help your roommate and us know you better.” was used as an example. The following is an example of a Stanford personal statement written using prompt 2:

Dear roommate,

Overall I’m a fairly simple guy. I like wearing a t-shirt, shorts and flip-flops when I can. When it’s hot I like swimming and reading a good book when it’s raining. I do hate being bored. I always have to do something. And whatever I do, I do to the very best of my ability. I have a long list of hobbies. I’m a surfer, I enjoy acting in plays and musicals, I have a passion for service and helping others and I like video games too.

Some other things you should maybe be aware of before we enter into this domestic relationship with one another. I like my music loud. So I hope you’re up for it. If you were to ask me what my favorite kind of music is, I couldn’t give you an answer. I like to listen to music with meaningful words, music with words in other languages, and music with no words at all. Whatever music you’re into, I’m willing give it a listen. If you don’t enjoy music at all, we are going to have some problems. I am flexible. If something I do bothers you don’t hold it in. Let me know and most likely it can be worked out.

I am a citizen of the United States of America but have spent the majority of my life in other countries. The United States has always been more of a vacation destination for me. I can’t wait to

start this next stage of my life.


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