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Freshman Admission Essays

An essay is not required for admission, but it is highly recommended. Topics A, B and C are the same topics found on the ApplyTexas application and prompts 1-5 are found on Coalition for College. If you choose to submit an admission essay, select one of these topics. Essays may be submitted through your ApplyTexas or Coalition account, or by email.

ApplyTexas Essay Topics - through Spring 2021

Topic A

Tell us your story. What unique opportunities or challenges have you experienced throughout your high school career that have shaped who you are today?

Topic B

Most students have an identity, an interest, or a talent that defines them in an essential way. 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?

Coalition for College Essay Prompts

Prompt 1

Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it.

Prompt 2

Describe a time when you made a meaningful contribution to others in which the greater good was your focus. Discuss the challenges and rewards of making your contribution.

Prompt 3

Has there been a time when you’ve had a long-cherished or accepted belief challenged? How did you respond? How did the challenge affect your beliefs?

Prompt 4

What is the hardest part of being a student now? What’s the best part? What advice would you give a younger sibling or friend (assuming they would listen to you)?

Prompt 5

Submit an essay on a topic of your choice.

Writing Essentials

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

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. 

Submit Your Essay

Your essay may be submitted with your application or separately.