Having trouble writing your supplemental essays? Worried about differentiating yours from the rest of the applicants, and showing why you truly want to go to that school? Jacqueline, a senior Applied Economics and Management major at Cornell University, shared her experience and recommendations when it comes to the ever-tricky supplemental essay.
A few of the colleges I applied to required one or several supplemental essays. Some of them were creative short answers. For example,Yale asked about what you like to do on a free afternoon or what you like to read. But the majority of the supplemental essays I wrote were about what I wanted to study at that particular college. This makes sense, because as the Common Application essay is broadly about your motivation and what has shaped you as a person, supplemental essays are chance for schools to get an idea of your concrete plans about what you will do if accepted.
As a result, you should take these essays as both opportunities to impress the admission officers with your clear intent of what you wish to study and what activities you will participate in as well as to seriously consider what it is that you want to get out of your college experience. Make sure to differentiate yourself by being specific and passionate when describing your goals and intentions.
Because of the nature of many of these essays I took a different approach than I did with my CommonAapp essay. The Common App essay is typically going to be more creative, really emphasizing the “show, don’t tell” philosophy. But for these more cut-and-dry supplemental essays, don’t be afraid to “tell.” The university is trying to shape a dynamic and hardworking class of students, so illustrate how you will put the college’s resources to good use and that you have thought about your future.
More than 65 colleges offer free summer and fall visits for under-represented and diverse students. We list all that we can find by providing the program and application dates and links to applications. If we provide a * before the college name, the trip is free. If we provide a (D), trip is for first gen students. We also give you estimated GPA and test scores for each college.
*(D) Amherst College (2017)
Small private university; part of consortium, 3.7+ GPA ; mid to high test scores
Program: Fall 2017 Diversity Open House weekends (DIVOH):
- Saturday, September 23 – Monday, September 25
- Saturday, October 14 – Monday, October 16
The application deadline for both DIVOH weekends is 5:00 p.m. (EST) on Monday, August 14, 2017.
*(D) Babson College (2017)
Babson Park, Massachusetts (suburban Boston)
Small private business-oriented college, 3.5+ GPA, mid-test scores
Program: Multicultural Overnight Experience
Dates: November 22-23, 2017
Application Deadline: September 1, 2017 (noon EST) noon EST.
*(D) Barnard College (2017)
New York, New York
Small private all women’s college. Big city. Connected to Columbia. 3.7+GPA; mid to high test scores
Saturday, October 7 – Sunday, October 8, 2017 (BARNARD BOUND – for students admitted to the Barnard Bound program)
Monday, October 9, 2017 (OPEN HOUSE – All Barnard Bound participants will be automatically registered for our Open House.)
Application Materials Available May 1, 2017
Application Deadline and All Supporting Material: June 1, 2017 at 5 PM EST
For more info, visit- https://admissions.barnard.edu/barnard-bound
*(D) Bates College (2017)
Small rural campus; liberal arts, 3.2+ GPA and higher. Optional test scores.
Prologue I runs October 8-10, 2017 and Prologue II runs November 12-14, 2017.
Application deadline for Prologue I: September 1
Application deadline for Prologue II: October 13
Prologue to Bates: FAQs
Beloit College (2017)
St. Beloit, Wisconsin
Small suburban college; 3.0 and higher GPA. Middle test scores.
Program: 2017 Summer Days: July 14, 2017, July 29, 2017, and August 5, 2017. Admitted Student Open House in the Spring that offers fly-ins
2017 Summer Visit Days
Take a campus tour with a student guide. Meet our faculty. Learn about the college’s academic programs, financial aid, and scholarships. Enjoy lunch in our dining hall.
https://www.beloit.edu/prospective/visit/visitdays/Click on a date below to register:
If our visit program dates are not convenient for you and you would rather schedule an individual visit on a different date, please contact us directly by calling the Admissions Office at 800-9BELOIT (923-5648) at least one week prior to your planned visit. Or, if you prefer, you may complete an online visit request form.
We welcome all guests to take part in all that Beloit has to offer: have lunch in the dining hall, attend an athletic event, see an acclaimed performance in Neese Theater, or take advantage of the various events occurring across campus.
*(D) Bentley College (2017)
Suburban private business college. 3.0 GPA and higher.
Falcon Preview Program: Friday, November 10 to Saturday, November 11.
Application due:All materials must be submitted no later than Friday, October 20, 2017. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and all decisions will be made by Friday, November 3, 2017. Please note, invitation to this Falcon Preview event is not an offer of admission to Bentley University.
*(D) Bowdoin College (2017)
Rural college, private, liberal arts. 3.2+ GPA and higher. Optional test scores.
Explore Bowdoin I: September 21-24, 2017 Application Deadline: August 18, 2017 5 PM EST
Explore Bowdoin II: November 29-31, 2017 October 29-31, 2017 Application Deadline: September 22, 2017 5 PM EST
*(D) Brandeis University(2017)
Medium private college, 25 minutes from Boston. 3.4+ GPA and higher. Mid test scores
Program: SEED-Students Exploring and Embracing Diversity, October 19-21, 2017
Application deadlines: Applications due August 15, 2017
*(D) Bryn Mawr College (2017)
Bryn Mawr, PA (Suburban PA)
Small, all women’s college
Program Date: Fall Travel Scholars: October 7-9, 2017 (for both juniors and seniors)
Application Opens: May 1, 2017
Application Deadline: Thursday, June 15, 2017
*(D) Bucknell College (2017)
Small suburban private college. 3.3+ GPA. Middle to high test scores.
Program: Journey to Bucknell, Oct. 29-31, 2017
Application Deadline: Rolling. Ideally by June. Apply as soon as possible. Both students can apply on their own and counselors can nominate.
*(D) Carleton College (2017)
Small suburban private college. 3.3+ GPA. Middle to high test scores.
Program: 2017 Taste of Carleton, October 26-October 28, 2017
Deadlines: September 1, 2017
*(D) Carnegie Mellon University (2017)
Medium college, great sciences & arts, medium city, 3.3+ GPA, mid to high test scores (3.3 GPA and combined 1800 on SAT or 27 on ACT to qualify for travel aid)
Program: Celebration of Diversity Weekend-November 11-13, 2017 and January 20-22, 2018
Deadlines: November Program: Open to all prospective high school seniors
Registration will open in mid-August.
January Program: Open to students who have applied for admission to Carnegie Mellon. Fine arts auditions/portfolio reviews may be offered, please review the Fine Arts Applicants section below.
(*) Case Western Reserve University (2017)
Mid-size private university, 3.3+ GPA. Middle test scores
Program: Diversity Overnight–November 12-13, 2017
Application Deadline: October 2, 2017
(*D) Colby College (2017)
Small rural college. 3.3+ GPA. Middle test scores.
Program: 2017 Colby Commitment Experience –Sunday, October 1-Monday, October 2, 2017
Application Deadline: August 31, 2017, 5 p.m.
The Colby Commitment Experience
*(D) Colgate University (2017)
Hamilton, New York
Small liberal arts college. Upper state New York. 3.2+ GPA. Middle test scores.
Program: Colgate in Focus: A Diversity Open House, October 15–17, 2017
Deadline: The application for Colgate in Focus is open. All applications must be submitted by Friday, September 8,
(*D) College of Charleston (2017)
Medium public, medium city. 3.0+ GPA. Mid test scores.
Program: M.O.V.E.,Many backgrounds – One CougarNation–the Multicultural Overnight Visit Experience DATES:
- October 20
- November 10
- February 2
- April 6 (Juniors only)
http://admissions.cofc.edu/explorethecollege/events/moveovernight.php for more info and MOVE application.
*(D) College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University (2017)
St. Joseph and Collegeville, Minnesota
Small, Catholic college. Recruits heavily from So Cal. 2.6+ GPA. Low to middle tests scores.
Program: National Fly-in Weekend Program
- November 18-20, 2017
- February 3-5*, 2018
- February 24-26, 2018
- March 24-26, 2018
- April 7-9, 2018
Registration for our 2017-2018 Fly-in Weekends will be available by September 1. For more information on visiting campus, pleasecontact your admission representative.
*College of the Atlantic (2017)
Bar Harbor, Maine
Small liberal arts college, 3.0+, Optional test scores
Program: Fall Fly-In: September 12-October 15, 2017
Application Deadline: July 21, 2017
*(D) College of the Holy Cross (2017)
Mid-sized, Catholic college, 3.0+, Middle test scores
Program: Perspectives Weekend is November 11-13, 2017.
Application Deadline: Rolling through Sunday September 24, 2017
Application link: https://admissions.holycross.edu/register/?id=7006c494-ccd4-4560-8d49-de483c64f5cd
*(D) Colorado College (2017)
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Small private college; one class at a time. 3.0+ GPA. Middle test scores.
Program: Tigers on a Quest: September 30 – October 2, 2017
Application Due: August 15, 2017
Fly-in and travel grant* for QuestBridge applicants (high school seniors only) to attend the Fall Open House at Colorado College
Apply for Tigers on a Quest!
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Program: Flyin’ Tigers: October 28-30, 2017
Application due: September 21, 2017
Application only fly-in program and travel grant* for high school seniors
Apply for Flyin’ Tigers!
*(D) Columbia University (2017)
New York, NY
Ivy League, top scores, top grades
Program: Columbia Engineering Experience: October 8 – 10, 2017.
- CE2 Application, submitted electronically.
Deadline: Wednesday, September 6, 2017
- CE2 School Report, including a copy of your high school transcript.
School Report should be submitted electronically by your guidance or college counselor.
Deadline: Thursday, September 7, 2017
*(D) Connecticut College (2017)
New London, Connecticut
Small liberal arts. East coast. Near NY and Boston. 3.0+ GPA; middle test scores.
Program: Explorer Weekend- November 11-13, 2017
Deadline: October 6, 2017
Undocumented students may apply.
*(D) Dartmouth (2017)
Rural IVY League. 3.7+ GPA. High test scores.
Dartmouth Bound: Summer Program, Sunday, July 16, 2017 to Wednesday, July 19, 2017. Applications due May 1, 2017
Dartmouth Bound: Native American Community. Oct.8-11, 2017 (Deadline, Not Yet Available for 2017)
*(D) Davidson College (2017)
Suburban, private college. 3.5+GPA; medium to high test scores.
Program: Multicultural Visitation Program. October 15-17, 2017
Application Deadline: The priority deadline for application submission is Monday, August 28; the final deadline is Monday, September 11
*(D) Dickinson College (2017)
Small liberal arts college, test optional, 3.0+ grades.
Program: Discover Diversity at Dickinson, October 8-10
Application Deadline: September 6, 2017
Limited travel assistance available.
*(D) Emory University (2017)
Medium college, mid to high test scores, 3.5+ grades
Program: Emory’s Cultural Overnight Recruitment Experience (CORE) Fall Visit Program, October 12, 2017 – October 14, 2017
Application Deadline: Wednesday, August 16, 5:00 p.m. ET.
*(D) Franklin and Marshall College (2017)
Suburban small liberal arts, great business. 3.0+ GPA; test optional.
*Fall Session 1: Sunday, September 25th to Tuesday, September 27th, 2017
Counselor Nomination Deadline: Fall Session 1 program is Monday, September 5th, 2017.
* Fall Session 2: Sunday, November 6th to Tuesday, November 8th.
The nomination deadline for the Fall Session 2 program is Monday, October 16th, 2017.
Students must be nominated to apply and participate:
Requires: A minimum GPA of 3.3 in rigorous classes. Must be of a background underrepresented in higher education. Must have demonstrated leadership in his or her school or community.
(*D) Grinnell College (2017)
Small liberal arts; 3.0+ GPA; middle test scores.
Program: 2017 Diversity Preview Program, September 22-24, 2017
Deadline for application: September 4, 2017
*(D) Hamilton College (2017)
Clinton, New York
Small liberal arts, upper state NY, 3.2+ GPA; middle test scores
Diversity Overnight Program: Diversity Overnight Program: SEPTEMBER 17-19 OR OCTOBER 29-31, 2017
Application Deadlines: Priority Deadline is August 4, 2017
Application Opens July 3:http://www.hamilton.edu/admission/diversityovernight
*(D) Harvey Mudd College (2017)
Small science and engineering, 3.5+ GPA, high test scores
Program: Fall Future Achievers in Science and Technology Program (FAST): September 28-30, and November 9-11.
Application Deadline: Friday, August 25, 2017 at 11:59 PDT
(*D) Haverford College (2017)
Haverford, PA (Suburban Philadelphia
Small liberal arts, 3.6+ GPA, middle to high test scores
Multicultural Scholars Experience Program: October 29-31, 2017
Application Deadline: Applications accepted until September 15
*(D) Johns Hopkins University (2017)
Medium, urban campus. 3.3+GPA and middle to high test scores
Program: H.O.M.E. (Hopkins Overnight Multicultural Experience), September 25-27, 2017
Application deadline: Monday, August 2, 2017 at 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
*(D) Kenyon College (2017)
Small liberal arts; Midwest, suburban. 3.2+ GPA; medium test scores
Programs: Cultural Connections: November 4-6, 2017
Deadlines: October 30, 2017. Qualified students may apply for a Travel Grant by October 13 to help cover transportation costs for this event.
*(D) Lafayette College (2017)
Rural small to medium campus, near Philadelphia, 3.0+ GPA,
6th Annual Our Beloved Community (OBC) Symposium: November 4, 2017
Application Due: October, 14, 2017
*(D) Lehigh University (2017)
Small to medium campus, suburban, near Philadelphia, 3.3+ GPA, medium test scores
Program: Diversity Achievers Program, October 8-9, 2017
Application opens September 8, 2017 at noon EST
*(D) Lewis & Clark College (2017)
Small liberal arts; 3.0+ GPA; optional test scores
Program: L.E.A.D. program, November 5-7, 2017
Application Deadline: Monday, September 18th, 2017
*(D) Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT (2017)
Mid-sized urban college, 3.8+ GPA, high test scores
Program: WISE: Weekend Immersion in Science and Engineering:September 17-19, 2017 and October 1-3, 2017
Application Deadlines: Sunday, July 16, 2017 at 11:59pm EST.
*(D)Miami University (Ohio) (2017)
Small Midwest college; 2.9+ GPA; medium test scores
Program: Bridges at Miami University, Session I: October 22-23, 2017 (Chillicothe, Columbus); Session II: November 29-30, 2017 (Cincinnati, Dayton; Session III: November 5-6 2017 (Out of State); Session IV: November 12-13, 2017 (Akron, Cleveland, Toledo)
Application Deadline: September 18, 2017
*(D) Middlebury College (2017)
Small liberal arts, rural. 3.3+ GPA, medium to high test scores
Program: Discover Middlebury, October 8-10, 2017
Application Deadline: August 11, 2017.
*(D) Mt. Holyoke College (2017)
South Hadley, Massachusetts, All Women’s College
Small all women’s; consortium, 3.0+ GPA; test optional
Program: Focus on Diversity. October 14-17, 2017
Deadlines: Counselors and teachers, please submit your nomination by Monday, June 12, 2017; students and nominators will be notified by early July.
CBO counselors, please submit your nomination by Thursday, August 24, 2017; students and nominators will be notified by early September.
TRAVEL AID OFFERED BUT MUST APPLY FOR IT SEPARATE FROM EVENT.
*(D) Oberlin College and Conservatory (2017)
Small liberal arts and conservatory. 3.3+ GPA; medium to high test scores
Program: Multicultural Visit Program
2017 Program Dates and Application Deadlines
Applications will come out mid-summer. Questbridge and Posse applicants must attend first session.
|Program Date||Application Deadline|
|October 26 – 28, 2017||October 5|
|November 9 – 11, 2017||October 19|
|November 30 – December 2, 2017||November 9|
*(D) Ohio University (2017)
Large public university. 3.0+ GPA and higher, middle test scores
Program: Multicultural Visit Program: Sunday-Monday, October 29-30, 2017
Application Due: Deadline to apply to attend: September 30, 2017
*(D) Pitzer College (2017)
Small liberal arts, progressive. 3.2+ GPA; test optional for GPA higher than 3.6 and top 5% of class
Program: Diversity Program October 26th through October 28th, 2017
Application Deadline: September 11, 2017
* (D) Pomona College (2017)
Small elite liberal arts college, 3.8+ GPA, SAT 2100, ACT 31
Program: Perspectives on Diversity September 30 – October 3, 2017 and October 7 – 10, 2017
Application deadline for both programs:: August 20, 2017
The Perspectives on Pomona (POP!) fall fly-in program welcomes students from diverse backgrounds who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education to experience the Pomona College campus.
During POP prospective students will have the opportunity to meet current students, speak with faculty and explore the Pomona College community. Although space is limited due to the small size of our engaged community, we are dedicated to providing this opportunity to those
*(D) Reed College (2017)
Program: Discover Reed Fly-In Program, October 8-10, 2017
Deadline: September 5, at 11:59PM PDT
- Eligibility requirements: Citizen or permanent resident, HS minority student, 2 short essays, SAT/ACT/PSAT scores, HS transcript.
More information: http://www.reed.edu/apply/rome.html
*(D) Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) (2017)
Mid-size science oriented. 3.3 Average GPA, medium test scores
Program: STAR (Science, Technology, Arts @ Rensselaer):October 19-21, 2017
Application Deadline: September 20, 2017
Program is for under-represented students and minorities. Picks up from NYC. Limited other travel assistance available.
*(D) Rice University (2017)
Mid-sized private college, 3.6+ GPA, high test scores
Program:Seeking Opportunities at Rice (SOAR): SAVE THESE DATES: SOAR events begin on Saturday, September 30, 2017 and conclude on Monday, October 2, 2017.
Application Deadline: Tuesday, August 18, by 11:59 p.m. CT. Spaces are limited, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible.
*(D) Scripps College (2017)
Claremont, California, All Women’s College
All women’s small, consortium, 3.3+ GPA, medium to high test scores
Program: Multicultural Outreach: October 1-2 and October 8-9, 2017
Application Deadline to submit online application is September 6, 2017
*(D) Smith College (2017)
Small, all women’s, 3.3+ GPA, test optional
Program: Women of Distinction: October 20-22, 2017
Application: Applications are available May 1 and due Friday, June 16, 2017.
*(D) Swarthmore College (2017)
Small, suburban, near Philadelphia. Intensive. 3.5+ GPA, medium to high test scores
Program: Discover Swarthmore 2017: Discover Swarthmore 2017: September 21-23 and November 2-4, 2017
External Nominations are due by June 24, 2017.
Students can apply themselves by July 14, 2017
*(D) Trinity College (2017)
Small liberal arts, 3.0+ GPA, medium test scores
Program: Preview Weekend: November 5-6, 2017
Application deadline: Friday, October 6, 2017:
*(D) Tufts University (2017)
Medium, private college, 5 minutes from Boston. 3.3+ GPA, medium to high test scores
Program: Voices of Tufts:
OCTOBER 19-20, 2017
ARTS & SCIENCES EXPERIENCE
OCTOBER 26-27, 2017
- Engineering Experience: Applications and all required materials must be received by 5:00 PM EST on October 3, 2017 to be considered.
- Arts & Sciences Experience: Applications and all required materials must be received by 5:00 PM EST on October 11, 2017 to be considered. Priority for travel assistance will be given to applications completed by October 4, 2017 5:00 PM EST.
*(D) Union College (2017)
Small private college, 3.2+ GPA, medium test scores
Program: Getting to Know Union: October 8-9, 2017 and October 22-23, 2017)
*(D) University of Pennsylvania (2017)
Mid-sized Ivy League college, 3.7+ GPA, high test scores
Program: Penn Early Exploration Program (PEEP): Sunday, October 8 through Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Application deadline: 5 p.m. ET on Friday, September 8, 2017 *Extended to September 13 for seniors living in SE Texas and Florida affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
(D) University of Richmond (2017)
Small private college, 3.0+ GPA, medium test scores
Program: MOVE (Multicultural Overnight Visitation Experience) SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2017
Deadline: To register, please call the Office of Admission at (800) 700-1662 or (804) 289-8640.
*(D) University of Rochester (2017)
Medium college, medium city, upper state NY, 3.3+ test scores, medium test scores
Program: Multicultural Visitation Program, November 9-11, 2017
Application: Friday, October 6, 2017
Multicultural Visitation Program 2017
*(D) University of Vermont (2017)
Medium public, 3.0+ GPA, medium test scores
Program: Discovering UVM 2017
- October 22–24, 2017
- November 5–7, 2017
- October 11 for October 22-24
- October 24 for November 5-7
*(D) Vassar College (2017)
Small liberal arts college, 3.5+ GPA, mid to high test sores
Vassar View Program: October 22-24, 2017
Application Deadline: Friday, September 15, 2017 (Application will open August 1)
*(D) Wesleyan College (2017)
Small liberal arts, east coast. 3.3+ GPA, medium to high test scores
Columbus Day Open House October 8-9, 2017
Priority deadline – June 29
Regular deadline – September 4
Veterans Day Open House November 9-10, 2017
Regular deadline – October 13
Application opens May 2017
http://wesleyan.edu/admission/visiting_campus/open_house_info/index.html for more info.
*(D) Wellesley College (2017)
All women’s, near Boston, 3.5+ GPA, medium to high test scores
Discover Wellesley for FREE-October 15-16, 2017
Application Available:late May 2017
Priority Deadline: June 30
Final Deadline: August 15
Read more at http://www.wellesley.edu/admission/falltravelgrant/#g8YQi6aLYcLSMiKl.99
*(D) Whitman College (2017)
Walla Walla, Washington
arts college, 3.3+ GPA, medium test scores
Program: Fall Visit Scholarship Program November 5-7, 2017
Deadline: September 30, 2017
*(D) Williams College (2017)
Small liberal arts, rural, 3.3+ GPA, medium to high test scores
Program: Windows on Williams (WOW)- September 21-23, 2017 and October 12-14, 2017.
Application Deadlines: Application Is Available. SUBMIT ASAP
*(D) Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) (2017)
Mid-sized private technical 3.3+ GPA, medium test scores
Program: Discover: The Diversity Experience Overnight. November 9-10, 2017
Application Deadline: September 29 at 5 pm (EDT).