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Geneseo Office of Admissions
Supplemental Application Form

(for students completing the SUNY application)

Please submit this form and all requested documents by January 1 for full and equal consideration.

An academic letter of recommendation from one teacher is required. Please have this mailed to us separately.

Attach a separate sheet listing any awards, employment, personal and extracurricular activities. Additionally, please write a Personal Statement that will help the Committee evaluate you as an applicant. You must attach both documents at the end of this application process using the following formats: Word Document (.doc), PDF (.pdf), or text (.txt).

Personal Statement topics include: (choose one)
1) 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.
2) The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
3) Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
4) Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
5) Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
6) Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?
7) Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.

The essay options in this application mirror those in The Common Application and are used by permission.