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Macaulay Honors College Essay Questions

If you decide to apply to Macaulay Honors College class of 2024, you will be required to submit two personal essays as part of the Macaulay application.

We post the topics during the summer for students who wish to begin thinking about what they will write. The application for the class of 2024 will open on September 1, 2019.

Please select one topic from each section.


Personal Reflection

Choose 1; 500 words maximum:

  • Describe an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it.
  • Reflecting on your experience and aspirations, discuss how your life will differ from your parents’ lives. Provide concrete evidence to illustrate your position.


Social Issues

Choose 1; 500 words maximum:

  • 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 injustice – or just plain good sense – to explain why the story engages your attention.
  • What is the most urgent problem facing New Yorkers today and how would you address it? Be specific in order to make a strong case.