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Freshman Admission Essays

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While Texas State does not require applicants to submit an admission essay, it is highly recommended. To assist you in this, the Texas State English Department has provided the following guide to good essay writing. Topics A, B and C below are the same topics found on the ApplyTexas application. If you choose to submit an admission essay, select one of these topics.

To upload your completed essay directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, click here.

Essay Topics

Fall 2016 & Spring 2017 Applicants

Topic A

Describe a setting in which you have collaborated or interacted with people whose experiences and/or beliefs differ from yours. Address your initial feelings, and how those feelings were or were not changed by this experience.

Topic B

Describe a circumstance, obstacle or conflict in your life, and the skills and resources you used to resolve it. Did it change you? If so, how?

Topic C

Considering your lifetime goals, discuss how your current and future academic and extra-curricular activities might help you achieve your goals.

Essay Topics

Summer 2017, Fall 2017 & Spring 2018 Applicants

Topic A

What was the environment in which you were raised? Describe your family, home, neighborhood, or community, and explain how it has shaped you as a person.

Topic B

Some students have an identity, an interest, or a talent that defines them in an essential way. If you are one of these students, then tell us about yourself.

Topic C

You've got a ticket in your hand - Where will you go? What will you do? What will happen when you get there?

Writing Essentials

Sentence and Paragraph Level



Does the essay reflect a relative mastery of usage, conventions and vocabulary?



Do the sentences and ideas follow one another in a logical and coherent fashion?



Does the essay reflect a relative knowledge of the proper conventions of grammar?

Do not simply use spell check or proofread your essay; these will not catch certain types of mistakes. Read your essay out loud. If a sentence doesn't sound right, it's probably because there is a mechanical or logical problem.



Do your sentences and words follow the proper conventions of punctuation and spelling?

Idea Level


Unified Theme or Subject

Narrow your topic to a single subject. Don't try to write a broad, general essay on how your entire life has changed. You can't do this in one page.

Remember that all essays ask for a theme that reflects cause and effect. The most important thing is how each experience has affected your life and your future experiences in college.



Are your ideas specific and coherent? Choose language that reflects and relates specific ideas.



Creativity engages the reader. Don't be afraid to take risks with your writing. Use creative examples.



Make sure your points follow logically. Utilize an outline to help organize your essay in a logical fashion.



Use specific examples to help make your points clear; it will make your essay solid and convincing. Examples render your points in a concrete, understandable fashion.

Emphasize how these experiences have helped to shape you into the person you are today and how college will be a continuation of that positive growth.