Full Applications

This page features all of the IvyApps full college applications available on IvyApps. IvyApps has over 21 successful college applications that were accepted to Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, Yale, MIT and other schools.

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  1. MIT Essays and Applications That Worked MIT Application #2 - Short Answers 11a) We know you lead a busy life, full of activities, many of which are required of you. Tell us about something you do simply for the pleasure of it. My favorite way to sit down, unwind, and relax after a long day is reading. I curl up with my current novel or manga, lay down by the window sill for some natural lighting, and travel to my next destination. If I ever read by candle light-which is rather inefficient and archaic-I would constantly be burning them down to the base. I am usually amazed when I'll start Continue Reading »
  2. MIT Essays and Applications That Worked MIT Application #1 - Short Answers Please tell us more about your cultural background and identity in the space below (100 word limit). If you need more than 100 words, please use the Optional section on Part 2. I am not fully aware of my cultural background because my mother is adopted. My surname originated in Scotland. 11 a) We know you lead a busy life, full of activities, many of which are required of you. Tell us about something you do simply for the pleasure of it. What I do for pure enjoyment is clowning. When I participated in my school talent show Continue Reading »
  3. Successful Princeton Applications and essays Princeton Application #5 - Common Application Essay: Ka-Ching Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family. “Ka-ching!” Success! This was not a real cash register but the sound of a notification from the Etsy app on my phone. I eagerly read the screen. “One new order.” Someone bought something I created! A childish glee coursed through me as I opened the Etsy app. This adventure began two years ago when I clicked the “Publish” button on my new Etsy shop. (Etsy.com, a virtual marketplace, accommodates everyone from budding entrepreneurs to experienced Continue Reading »
  4. Yale Common App Essays Yale Application #3 - Common Application Essay Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. “The steel rod flew clean through Phineas Gage’s head,” I said to my reflection in the mirror. “And he just walked away, like nothing happened.” I snickered at the sheer absurdity of it. I talked to myself to make sure that I delivered the lines of tomorrow’s neurology presentation with accuracy and lively enthusiasm. My love of public speaking has always been rooted in science. Continue Reading »
  5. Successful Harvard Essay Harvard Application #2 - Common Application Essay Entering my kindergarten classroom, I shuffled around my blueberry shaped classmates as some began throwing their  winter layers into cubbies.  Admittedly, my torso was equally bulbous – covered with the threats and extortions of my mother: a heavy jacket, gloves, and a hat. But, below the waist I wore only a pair of frigid khaki shorts. As I walked proudly to my seat, my teacher quickly approached me. Bug-eyed, in what I assumed was intense admiration, she asked “Stephen, aren’t you the tiniest bit cold?”. “No,” I replied, smiling. “I don’t get cold.” For as long as Continue Reading »
  6. Successful Stanford Essays Stanford Application #5 - Common Application Essay Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. I step through the silence towards the metal doors, bathed in the fluorescent glow that accompanies me to my destination. The air gets colder. I stare at my breath, now a cloud, and move through the stale, unflattering light onto the platform. The pure white dome beckons to me--silent, promising--and I step inside. Admiring the giant in the room--a solitary, intimidating block of metal and glass--I know Continue Reading »
  7. Successful Stanford Essays Stanford Application #4 - Common Application Essay Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. Once the lyrics started, my eyes had no chance of holding back the eager river of tears. B.o.B's song "Don't Let Me Fall" spoke to me deeply and immediately. It was the same morning I left the 2013 Mu Alpha Theta National Convention (the largest nationwide math competition), and upon the suggestion of my best friend Andrew, I listened to what he claimed would summarize our experience Continue Reading »
  8. Successful Stanford Essays Stanford Application #3 - Common Application Essay Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. It was Veteran's Day, and my kindergarten class was listing family members who had served in the military. I raised my hand, waving it intensely, intent on sharing mine. Regardless of the lack of honesty in my statement, I went for it. "My grandpa was in the army." I needed an explanation for his absence, so my imagination filled the void where truth didn't exist. He Continue Reading »
  9. Successful Stanford Essays Stanford Application #2 - Common Application Essay Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you? I stand in the security line at LAX amid a sea of blue TSA agents. Despite the surrounding chaos of rushed passengers, screaming babies, and the fear of abandoned luggage, my mind is at ease: I am intently surveying my environment, my eyes darting between blue-clad agents and shoeless passengers as I analyze the TSA's security system. Which passengers are pre-checked and can breeze through screening? What determines whether someone goes through the body scanner or Continue Reading »
  10. Successful Stanford Essays Stanford Application - Common Application Essay Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. "SunHee? Isn't that an Asian name? Aren't you black?" Yes, my name is actually SunHee. Yes, it's Asian. Yes, I am indeed black. From a young age, I've always carried a name that I considered too out of the ordinary. SunHee, a Korean name meaning "princess of goodness and righteousness", packed a great deal of power and responsibility- both of which I didn't Continue Reading »
  11. Yale Common App Essays Yale Application #5 - Common Application Essay Prompt: Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again? Please write an essay (250-650 words) on the topic selected. You can type directly into the box, or you can paste text from another source. During my sophomore and junior years of high school, I took all four levels of the Latin language and Ancient Roman culture class that were offered. I learned more about my own native language of English by taking this class, and I also developed a close mentor-mentee relationship Continue Reading »
  12. Yale Common App Essays Yale Application #4 - Common Application Essay Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. I shouldn't be here right now. My story should have been one of glamour, riches, and the good life. Fifteen years ago, had my parents chosen a different path, this scenario would ring true for me. At the time, my father was a rising journalist in Senegal, propelled by his charisma, and eloquence. My mother had a wonderful job working in her brother's accounting firm. Continue Reading »
  13. Successful Harvard Essay Harvard Application #4 - Common Application Essay The pungent yet strangely welcoming odor of acetone permeated my senses as I entered the familiar lab environment. All around me, white-clad students hurriedly gathered chemicals and watched their flasks intensely as the solvent simultaneously boiled and condensed. Foggy safety goggles and furrowed eyebrows revealed the immense concentration of everyone in the room as they tackled various challenges. From my vantage point, I watched as a captivating transformation evolved at each station. Striking shades of green and orange contrasted with dull strokes of brown and grey in flasks around the room; soft, white powder stood out from Continue Reading »
  14. Successful Harvard Essay Harvard Application #3 - Common Application Essay: Why I Ride Most of my friends asked me why I did it. It took four days and left me completely exhausted. What reason was there to embark on such a journey? It all started the summer before my freshman year in high school when I rode my bike off of my grandma’s street for the first time and rode up into a neighboring subdivision. From then on I was hooked. I started riding all over the place; from the main drag in town up into the country along narrow roads I didn’t know existed.   Over the Continue Reading »
  15. Successful Princeton Applications and essays Princeton Application #4 - Common Application Essay: My Inimitable Background My story is not a story; my story is a fingerprint, both distinctive and exclusive, that makes me unique. My story started in June, 1997, and has taken place primarily in Monroe, Michigan. Sixteen years later, my story, filled with both good and bad times, is about to take transition into a new chapter. But this chapter, like most others, must be read with the context in mind to visualize the whole picture. Coming from a mixed African American-Caucasian background, I grew up near the border of the poverty line, but I tried not Continue Reading »
  16. Successful Princeton Applications and essays Princeton Application #3 - Common Application Essay Sometimes, I bring my Klavierbuchlein; other times, I bring the hymnal I received from my parents. In the winter, I bring an extra sweater. More important than what I bring is what I leave behind. As I ascend step by step up the passageway that many others walk by without a second glance, I cross through rays of light that appear to have been scattered  by a kaleidoscope. At the summit of my climb, my feelings of anxiety, frustration, and uncertainty are vanquished as I enter the organ loft -a place where I feel impervious to the Continue Reading »
  17. Successful Princeton Applications and essays Princeton Application #2 - Common Application Essay Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn? Ralph Waldo Emerson, the great American transcendentalist, said, “The greatest glory in living is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” Like Emerson, I believe that rising through my failures has enabled me to become successful and satisfied throughout my high school years. In the summer of 2013, I had committed myself to attending the Governor’s School for Science and Technology, considered one of the most prestigious institutions for high school students. I Continue Reading »
  18. Successful Princeton Applications and essays Princeton Application - Common Application Essay Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn? I don't know what hit me first, the sight or the smell of the dead pig. It must have been dead for a few hours as the smell had begun to condense around the table. I could still see the purplish bruise left from where my uncle clubbed it, and the sanguine laceration underneath his leg leading to his heart, still dribbling blood. The pig's expression was a mixture of confusion and pain, unaware what was happening Continue Reading »
  19. Successful Harvard Essay Harvard Application #5 - Common Application Essay: The Cabin In northern Wisconsin there is a small cabin, built years ago by my great-grandfather. The cabin rests on the shore of Bass Lake, named such despite the fact that no bass have ever actually made their home there. My father swam in Bass Lake decades ago, watched the grown-ups play cards at night, played touch football with his brothers in the yard. Today the cabin is collectively owned by the Bonsall family, including my dad, and no doubt he will one day pass along that ownership to me, and I will receive my own stake in Continue Reading »
  20. Yale Common App Essays Yale Application #2 - Common Application Essay Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. First days –new opportunities and defining moments. The day two days before my first day of senior year was a typical Saturday morning. I checked the mail and happened to find one very curious letter; it was addressed to me...from myself. I had written it at the end of eighth grade and my teacher had promised to send them out the summer before our senior Continue Reading »
  21. Yale Common App Essays Yale Application - Common Application Essay I wake up; I get dressed; I go to school; I go to rehearsal; I go to meetings; I go home; I do homework; I sleep; I wake up. Such is high school. As a kid, I always laughed at my elders when they told me time moves faster as you get older. Now, I see their point. Though I enjoy the majority of what I do for school and my other involvements, the result of having such all-consuming engagements is that there is precious little time left for reflection. I consider myself to be a thinker, Continue Reading »
  22. Successful Harvard Essay Harvard Application - Common Application Essay: I Do “Hey kids, here’s twenty bucks. If any of y’all have the guts to ask that there bride to dance, it’s yours,” offered a bearded man in a cowboy hat. He wore a slick black suit and shiny purple tie. His words made me feel like he was giving me a fantastic opportunity, but his smile was that of a used car salesman’s. The four of us kids stared at the man, and then three of them stared at me. I was staring at the bride. We were all part of the quartet invited to perform Continue Reading »