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Common Application Essay Prompts for 2017-2018

February 09, 2017

The Common Application recently announced their essay prompts for next year, some of which are the same as this year's and some of which are brand new. If you're a rising senior, it's not too early to start thinking about how you might approach this important essay, so we're sharing the 2017-2018 prompts below, along with notes as to whether they're revised or completely new.

Understanding the National Merit Scholarship Program

January 27, 2017

The National Merit Scholarship Program is a national academic competition for high school students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. It is administered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). Students qualify for the program by achieving a high score on the PSAT—more formally called the PSAT/NMSQT (“National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test”)—in their junior year, and then they may be designated as Commended Students, Semifinalists, or (after an additional application) Finalists for a $2,500 scholarship.