Originally Answered: What are the personal statement promps for FALL 2010 for Harvard, Stanford, and University of Pennsylvania?
Stanford, Harvard, Penn and many other universities you may be considering use the Common Application, and you can find everything you need to apply on their website.
Simply go to https://www.commonapp.org/CommonApp/Defa...
and register. It's free of charge, and easy to do.
All three of the universities require you to complete supplements to the common app, but the essay topic choices are the same for the vast majority of institutions using the site.
Here they are:
~ Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.
~ Discuss some issue of personal, local, national, or international concern and its importance to you.
~ Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you, and describe that influence.
~ Describe a character in fiction, a historical figure, or a creative work (as in art, music, science, etc.) that has had an influence on you, and explain that influence.
~ A range of academic interests, personal perspectives, and life experiences adds much to the educational mix. Given your personal background, describe an experience that illustrates what you would bring to the diversity in a college community, or an encounter that demonstrated the importance of diversity to you.
~Topic of your choice.
The application for 2010 was launched on July 1, and I think it's very wise to start the process early. The essays and profile questions are tremendously important, and you will be better able to craft excellent ones that stand out to the admissions committee if you can dedicate time to focusing purely on them. Really ruminate on the topics before you start writing the essays. Your senior year will be demanding and chock-full of activities and obligations, so take advantage of any free time you have this summer to get the bulk of the writing completed. I finished everything by last August and emailed the drafts to a few of my teachers and asked them for constructive criticism; they were all happy to oblige.
~ Pax / Peace