Watch out, though, because some schools have a dedicated "Writing Supplement" section, while others (even those that want a full essay) will put their prompts in the "Questions" section.
It gets trickier if you're applying to any schools that aren't on the Common App.
If a college asks you to write about why you're excited to go there, admissions officers want to see evidence that you're genuinely interested.
Reusing an essay about another school and swapping out the names is the fastest way to prove you aren't.
Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve.
It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale.
Next, you'll determine how to create an interesting essay that shows off your unique perspective and write multiple drafts in order to hone your structure and language.
Once your writing is as effective and engaging as possible, you'll do a final sweep to make sure everything is correct.
The brainstorming you do for the long essay may help you come up with ideas you like for the shorter ones as well.
Also consider whether some of the prompts are similar enough that you could submit the same essay to multiple schools.