The best place to start your search for college essay questions is in your high school counseling office. After years of helping students work through the college application process, they should have compiled a broad sampling of essay questions from a wide variety of colleges. Next, visit with junior and senior language arts teachers to see if they can help. For example, Judy Austin, English Department Chair at North Forsyth High School in Cumming, Ga., compiles a representative sample of essay questions from actual online college applications each year. She even gives her students the opportunity to practice answering them in essays [source: Austin].
Your next resource is the official Web site of your target college. Many colleges don't require a freshman admission essay; others only want one if you're applying for an honors program. Some institutions that require an essay as part of the application package, such as the University of Michigan and the University of Georgia, post the current essay questions online as part of their undergraduate admissions information. U-M encourages students to start working on their essays during the summer, and UGA includes links to articles on tips for writing your college admission essay and navigating the college application process [source: University of Michigan, University of Georgia].
If you don't see essay questions on the undergraduate admission Web page of the college you're investigating, poke around the site and try to find a downloadable application form. While many colleges use electronic applications, some provide printable applications (including essay questions) that you can view before you start the process online [source: Columbia University, University of Notre Dame]. Even if you only see the questions from the previous year, it will give you an idea of what to expect. If all else fails, e-mail or call the college's undergraduate admissions office and ask specific questions or request more information. If the questions haven't been determined yet, you'll probably be directed to keep checking the Web site. But you just might get the essay questions.
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