The Essay Prompt is posted!
Holy bananas! The application essay prompt is posted for you!
As many of you know, the application opens on September 1. We realize that things can get hectic and stressful senior year, so we post the essay questions early to give you the opportunity to work on them before you find yourself busy with school, activities, part-time jobs, and football games.
Some things you should know…
- This year, we are asking all students (except those applying to DGS) to select a second choice major.
- This means that you will be writing an essay that applies to each of the majors you are interested in. If your majors are similar, your essays may be very similar and that’s ok!
- The essay is your opportunity to tell us about you. This is not the time to rattle off how much you love Illinois (we assume everyone does) and tell us a lot of facts (that we already know). You are way more interesting than statistics at this point.
- The best thing you can do for your essay is to edit it. Read it aloud. Check your grammar and word choice. This is most critical and least completed step. It’s very clear when an essay hasn’t been proofread.
The most common question I get is, “Is the essay really even used?” and the answer is a resounding YES! When reviewing applications, we use a holistic review process. The role of the essay is to demonstrate that you understand how your skills and interests fit into your major of choice and also how that relates to career goals. Additionally, the essay demonstrates that you can follow instructions and write at a collegiate level.
So, start working on it now, get some help with proofing, and tell us who you are! We look forward to reading them!
Illinois Urbana Champaign Essays & Deadlines
Illinois Urbana Champaign Essay Review package
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Illinois Urbana Champaign Deadlines
Early Application (8 Oct 2017), Round 1 (19 Nov 2017), Round 2* (15 Jan 2018), Round 3 (4 Mar 2018)
* : Last deadline for international applicants
Illinois Urbana Champaign Essays
We require three short essays that can be completed on your online application, but feel free to answer these essays in a word processor and then copy and paste to your online application.
Illinois Urbaba Champaign Short Essay 1 – What are two ways in which you are eager to contribute to the Illinois community, inside and/or outside of the classroom? You can discuss specific electives, programs, extracurricular activities, community service, etc. (1,000 character maximum, including spaces).
Illinois Urbaba Champaign Short Essay 2 – What differentiates you from others? You can discuss character traits, special talents, etc. Feel free to be creative and write about anything that you think the Admissions Committee will find interesting (1,000 character maximum, including spaces).
Illinois Urbaba Champaign Short Essay 3 – What are your career goals after graduation? (1,000 character maximum, including spaces)
We require one full essay to be uploaded with your online application as individual documents.
Illinois Urbaba Champaign Full Essay ( Personal Statement) – Please upload your personal statement that answers questions 1, 2, and 3 in one essay. Take time to reflect and consider the direction you want to take your professional career. Remember to write a cohesive essay, complete with a thesis statement, supporting paragraphs, and a comprehensive conclusion (maximum of 750 words, double-spaced).
- Please briefly discuss your career history to date. What capabilities have you gained through your professional experience?
- What skills or knowledge will an MBA education give you that you currently lack, but that you need to realize your goals?
- What specific electives, programs, extracurricular activities, etc. at the College of Business will prepare you to realize your goals?
Optional Essay: You can use this optional essay for one of the two purposes below. If you opt to write an additional essay, you will need to upload it as a document to your online application. Please note that no preference is given in the evaluation process to applicants who submit an optional essay (400-word maximum, double-spaced).
- Please address any concerns you may have in your application. If, for example, you do not believe that your test score or grades demonstrate your true capabilities, please explain. Also, it is appropriate to discuss any gaps in your academic career and work experience or any extenuating circumstances in your profile about which the Admissions Committee should be made aware.
- If there is something that you would like to highlight that you have been unable to discuss in other areas of the application, you can do so in this essay.