cam89 wrote:KarenButtenbaum wrote:cam89 wrote:Hi all,
I plan on submitting a "why Columbia" essay. However, I just wanted to verify that the prompt allows for one. This is the prompt from their app
"Optional: Candidates may add brief supplementary statements they believe will enable the Admissions Committee to make a fully informed decision on the application. The Committee especially welcomes addenda that allow it to understand the contribution the applicant's background (e.g., socioeconomic status, ethnic, religious, sexual orientation) would add to the Columbia Law School community."
Two questions: 1) Does this prompt invite a "why Columbia" essay?
2) Can you write other abilities/talents that you will bring to the Columbia Law School community, or do they specifically want to know how you will make it more diverse (similar to the examples they provide)?
Thanks so much!
That looks like a diversity statement prompt to me, so I would answer it in those terms.
You can certainly submit a Why Columbia statement, but this prompt is not exactly asking for that.
Thanks so much, Karen.
If this isn't what the prompt is asking for, then how can I attach a "why Columbia" essay- it isn't what they are asking for? I am confused because everyone always talks about why x essays but I haven't seen it on Columbia's or Penn's application.
Penn's prompt is not exactly a "why Penn" -- it's Penn's core values. But the prompt is there and you should follow the question asked in that case. It is slightly different than a "why" statement.
In general, you can submit a Why X Statement to any school -- regardless of the prompt or lack of one. I am not recommending that you submit one to all schools but just saying you don't always need an invitation to send one.