Emory’s Short Answer Application Questions, 2018-19

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We are pleased to announce Emory University’s short answer questions for the coming application cycle.

In addition to your Personal Statement, please choose two (2) of the short answer prompts below. Be thoughtful in your responses, but don’t stress about what the right answer might be. We just want to get to know you a bit better. Each response should be no more than 150 words.

  1. What is your favorite fiction or non-fiction work (film, book, TV show, album, poem, or play)? Why?
  2. What motivates you to learn?
  3. What do you want to bring from your community to the Emory University community?
  4. In the age of social media, what does engaging with integrity look like for you?

For advice on answering both the short answer prompts as well as the application personal statement, check out this series we ran last September. We shared some of last year’s standout personal statements (from students who enrolled at Emory University). There are also some tips to writing for the application we hope you find helpful. We’ll be running this series again in the fall with new examples of some of our favorite personal statements, so stay tuned!

We look forward to getting to know you better through your application. Enjoy the process, and feel free to post any questions or comments below.

 

 

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  1. Elisa

    Hello,
    Could I use a Youtube video where I found the filming/editing/content to be really beautiful for my short answer?
    Thank you!

    1. Author
      Jessica Miller

      Hi Elisa,

      You can absolutely use a YouTube video for your short answer question! Make sure you are able to convey insights about your personality through this questions. The admission counselors that read applications gain a lot of information about you through your answer to these questions.

      -Jessica M.

  2. Stephanie

    Hello,

    I am very excited about applying to Emory! For the question asking about our favorite work of fiction or non-fiction, may we write about our favorite painting, or does it have to be one of the art forms listed in the question?

    Thanks!

    Stephanie

    1. Stephanie

      Hi,

      Please disregard my last question! I found that it had already been answered. Sorry about that, I had not seen the tab to view older questions and responses.

      Thanks,

      Stephanie

  3. Rachel Kim

    Hi,
    For the short answer questions, how do we submit them because there is no way to submit them on the Common App.

    Thank you,
    Rachel Kim

    1. Author
      Jessica Miller

      Hi Rachel,

      Thanks for your question. You’ll submit your short answers along with the completed Common App. There is definitely a place for you to do so within the application but you may need to get further along than you are currently.

      -Jessica M.

    1. Author
      Jessica Miller

      Hi Freda,

      While there is no set topic for your personal statement, keep in mind this is your chance to introduce yourself to the application committee and help them get to know you personally. As I said in my reply to Fisher (see below), make sure the statement reflects your personality in whatever context you think is the best. You can see examples of admitted students’ personal statements by visiting the 5-part blog series. Also here is the Apply page of the admission website which may have some more information for you.

      -Jessica M.

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