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Aug. 10, 2020 Update Fordham Forward, the plan to resume in-person teaching and learning on Aug. 26, is available below, along with extensive resources for students, parents, faculty, and staff. Full Details

Writing for the Common Application

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Required Writing

Essay

The essay—part of the Common Application—is the best opportunity we have to get to know you as a unique individual.

And, we want to get to know you. So, tell us! Write in your own unique voice. Help us understand who you are, what moves you, and why we're a good fit for each other.

We want to learn some other things, too, such as how you express yourself through the written medium, and how you approach and answer the question you choose.

At Fordham, we consider communication skills a critical part of your education, and we want to make sure you're ready to engage with a community of scholars.

Short Response

Beginning with Fall 2021 applicants, we’re now giving you additional opportunities to tell us more about yourself. These short response questions (150 words max) are meant to help you reflect on your personal growth and consider how you might continue to grow at Fordham.

At Fordham, we expect students to care for and engage with their communities. Please share a specific instance in which you challenged yourself or stepped out of your comfort zone in order to impact your community (for example, your family, friend group, high school, or town). Or, share a way you hope to do so at Fordham.

Optional Writing

Short Response

Beginning with Fall 2021 applicants, we’re now giving you additional opportunities to tell us more about yourself. These short response questions (150 words max) are meant to help you reflect on your personal growth and consider how you might continue to grow at Fordham.

We want you to think of the most meaningful compliment and critique you've received in recent memory. They might come from a friend, parent, teacher, coach, or advisor. They might be personal, professional, or academic. What was the context for each, and why are they so meaningful to you?

COVID-19 Response

Fall 2021 applicants will have the opportunity to tell us more about how COVID-19 has impacted (and continues to impact) their lives. Please feel free to use this section to discuss this topic as opposed to your essay. This response is optional.

Additional Information

Is there something you’d like to tell us that just doesn’t seem to fit anywhere else? Perhaps you’d like to expand on one of your co-curricular involvements or let us know about an extenuating circumstance that impacted your academic performance. Whatever the case may be, please feel free to tell us in this optional section.