Emory’s Short Answer Application Questions, 2018-19


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. Ji Woo

    Regarding the first question, can the fiction or non-fiction works have to be in English or can it come from other countries as well?

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      Jessica Miller

      Hi Ji Woo,

      We welcome non-English works as part of your short answer questions. We are simply looking to get to know you better, and we understand that what inspires you can come from a global context. We look forward to reviewing your application.

      -Jessica M.

  2. Maura

    In the first question, does album refer to a musical album? If so, is it acceptable to write about a piece of music for that question in general?

    1. Author
      Jessica Miller

      Hi Maura,

      Great question and thanks for asking! Yes, the question refers to a music album, and yes, it’s totally fine to discuss a piece a of music within the parameters of that question. We look forward to seeing your short answer and reviewing your application.

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