Macaulay Honors College Essay Questions

As part of the Macaulay application to the class of 2026, we require that you submit two pieces of writing: an ESSAY and a second WRITING SAMPLE. Each should be around 500 words long. Your word counts may be slightly over or under, within reason.

THE ESSAY:  Describe an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it.

THE WRITING SAMPLE: Write on a topic of your choice. It may be something you have already written, something that addressed a different prompt (such as another college essay or academic assignment), or may be an essay of your own design.

In selecting your writing sample, please keep the following considerations in mind:

  • Your readers will not be specialists in any specific field,  submissions of a technical nature are discouraged
  • Your submission can be an excerpt from a larger text, but it should be self-contained, with a reasonably clear beginning, middle, and end
  • Be ambitious in your writing, but also aware of your word count limitations (500 words)