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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 recommendedTopics 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 assist you with this, the Texas State English Department has provided the following guide to good essay writing. 

If you have already submitted your application, please log in to your ApplyTexas account if you wish to add an essay.

Essay Topics - Spring 2017

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/Fall 2017

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; read your essay out loud.


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


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.


Use specific examples to help make your points clear; it will make your essay solid and convincing.