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Colleges Without Supplemental Essays

Supplemental Essays are essays required by a college or university in addition to those included on the Common Application, the Universal Application, or the Coalition Application.

There are many excellent schools that DO NOT require a supplement and we've started a list below.


  • Albion College

  • Allegheny College

  • Beloit College

  • Coe College (personal essay optional for students who meet Coe’s minimum academic standards)

  • Colby College

  • Connecticut College

  • DePauw University

  • Drew University (applicants who select certain Specialty/Dual Degree programs will be required to complete an additional writing question)

  • Farleigh Dickinson

  • Furman University

  • Gettysburg College

  • Goucher College

  • Grinnell College

  • Hanover College

  • Hollins University

  • Hope College

  • Juniata College

  • Kent State

  • Kenyon College

  • Middlebury College

  • Muhlenberg College

  • Ripon College (optional personal statement)

  • Sewanee—University of the South

  • Siena College (option to submit a graded paper in place of an essay on Siena application)

  • Skidmore College

  • Spelman College (additional essay for Honors program)

  • St. John’s University (essay for Pharmacy program or if not submitting testing scores)

  • St. Lawrence University

  • Susquehanna University

  • Wesleyan University (international students will be required to complete a writing prompt, depending on answers to some questions)


  • Case Western Reserve University (Pre-Professional Scholars program requires additional writing questions)

  • Clemson University

  • DePaul University

  • Drexel University (essay for Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and custom-designed majors)

  • Fordham University (For 2020-2021, there will be a COVID-19 question)

  • Miami University—Oxford

  • New Jersey Institute of Technology (Albert Dorman Honors College has an essay requirement)

  • Northeastern University

  • Ohio State University (Honors, Scholars, Morrill Scholarship Program and some majors have additional essay requirements)

  • Seton Hall University

  • Stevens Institute of Technology (Accelerated Medicine program has an additional writing question)

  • Stony Brook University (Honors College, University Scholars, Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), Scholars for Medicine and Scholars for Dental Medicine have additional essay requirements)

  • SUNY Binghamton University (depending on answers to some questions, a writing question may be required)

  • SUNY Buffalo (depending on answers to some questions, a writing question may be required)

  • University of Alabama

  • University of Arkansas

  • University of Colorado -Denver

  • University of Connecticut

  • University of Dayton

  • University of Delaware (supplemental essay required for Honors Program)

  • University of Denver

  • University of Iowa (supplemental essays for certain programs of study)

  • University of Minnesota (depending on answers to some questions, a writing question may be required)

  • University of Nebraska—Lincoln (personal statement required to be considered for leadership and diversity scholarships)

  • University of New Hampshire

  • University of the Pacific

  • University of Pittsburgh (In lieu of an essay or personal statement, interested applicants are asked to answer short answer questions. Specific questions required for Pitt Honors admission.)

  • University of St. Thomas (essays recommended, but not required)

  • University of Vermont (optional essay questions available as part of application process)

Whether your list of schools requires supplemental essays or not – we’re here to help you share your story through the Essays on the Common application.

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