To allow for a more comprehensive review, CUNY encourages all applicants to submit a personal statement in support of the Admission Application. Visit After You Apply to learn how to send your supporting documents to CUNY. Some colleges and programs strongly recommend or require the submission of a specific supplemental essay and/or statement. Prepare to apply to these by reviewing the essay questions listed below.

It is strongly recommended that applicants write an essay on one of the three topics listed below:

  1. Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.
  2. If you could meet anyone in the world, from history or present day, who would it be and why?
  3. Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you, and describe that influence.
  4. Topic of your choice: Provide us with both the question and answer.

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To help us learn more about you and the positive impact that you will bring to our Hunter College community, we invite you to share with us your unique qualities and experiences by responding to one of the following essay topics:

  1. Tell us about a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and how it impacted you personally. (250-500 words)
  2. Describe a specific interest or talent and how you have pursued it to date or wish to pursue it in the future. (250-500 words)
  3. Provide both an essay question and response that you already completed via The Common Application.

Please note: This optional essay is intended for students applying for General Freshman Admission only.

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Please select one topic from the Personal Reflection section and one topic from the Social Issues section:

Personal Reflection:

1. Describe an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it.

2. Discuss a memory about writing or reading that you recall vividly and reflect on its significance.

Social Issues:

1. Pick a story of local, national, or international importance from the front page of any newspaper. Identify your source and give the date the article appeared. Then use your sense of humor, sense of outrage, sense of justice—or just plain good sense—to explain why the story engages your attention.

2. Pick something about New York City that intrigues or excites you and describe why.

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