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To allow for a more comprehensive review, CUNY encourages all applicants to submit a personal statement in support of the Admission Application. Visit 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.

Baruch College Essay Questions >>

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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Hunter College Essay Questions >>

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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Macaulay Honors College Essay Questions >>

Complete two out of three, max. 500 words each:

  1. Discuss an issue of local, national or international concern and its importance to you. What are the challenges it raises, problems to be addressed and hopeful outcomes?
  2. Tell us about personal, social or family challenges you have faced. How have you dealt with them and how have they shaped your thinking?
  3. It's 4 p.m. on Tuesday. What will you do next? Write about your extracurricular pursuits. Why and how do you choose the activities you are involved in? How do your activities reflect your values and affect your school, community or the world?

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