Freshman Admission Essays

An essay is not required for admission, but it is highly recommended. Essay topics A, B, and C below are the same topics found on the ApplyTexas application. If you choose to submit an admission essay, select one of these topics. Essays may be submitted through your ApplyTexas or CommonApp account or by using our document uploader.

Essay Topics - ApplyTexas

Topic A

Tell us your story. What unique opportunities or challenges have you experienced throughout your high school career that have shaped who you are today?

Topic B

Most students have an identity, an interest, or a talent that defines them in an essential way. Tell us about yourself.


Topic C

You've got a ticket in your hand. Where will you go? What will you do? What will happen when you get there?

Writing Essentials

To assist you with your essay, the Texas State English Department has provided the following guide to good essay writing.

Sentence and Paragraph Level


Does the essay reflect a relative mastery of usage, conventions, and vocabulary?


Do the sentences and ideas follow one another in a logical and coherent fashion?


Does the essay reflect a relative knowledge of the proper conventions of grammar? Do not simply use spell check or proofread your essay; read your essay out loud.


Do your sentences and words follow the proper conventions of punctuation and spelling?

Idea Level

Unified Theme or Subject

Narrow your topic to a single topic. Don't try to write a broad, general essay on how your life has changed. You can't do this in one page. 


Are your ideas specific and coherent? Choose language that reflects and relates specific ideas.


Creativity engages the reader. Don’t be afraid to take risks with your writing. Use creative examples.


Use specific examples to help make your points clear. It will make your essay solid and convincing. 

Submit Your Essay

Your essay may be submitted with your application or separately.