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Essay Prompt

If you are applying to the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences as a first year applicant, please discuss why you consider Duke a good match for you. Is there something particular about Duke that attracts you?

Sample Essay

Since walking onto campus as a seventh grader, I knew Duke was for me. Then it was the beautiful Gothic architecture and the idea of being a “real college student” that drew me. Now, what attracts me is the quality of the opportunities at Duke. At the top of the list are:

1) Undergraduate research support: Having participated in scientific research while in high school, one of my goals is to be published during college. I am amazed by the undergraduate research opportunities and funding provided by Duke.

2) Study abroad: Through Duke’s integrated programs I can attain my dream of studying abroad, even as a prospective science major! I’m excited about Duke in Australia or Duke/OTS Tropical Biology in Costa Rica.

3) Awesome organizations: A long-time choir girl, what better way to further my love for singing than joining the Out of the Blue a capella group?

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