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尽管今年CAAS系统上线,但申请美国大学本科,我们大多数人还是通过美国大学通用申请系统Common Application(以下简称CA系统)提交材料。而在今年8月1日,即将开放的CA系统又进行了一次新的改革,一起来看看变化都有哪些。



The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?

跟改革之前的题目相比,这个题目主要是增加的第一句,强调了“lessons we take from failure” ,即你从失败中获得了怎样的教训,这些教训是如何帮助你成功的。据统计,以往超过80万申请人中有17%的申请人选择这一题目。

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.



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.


Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?


Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.












哈佛大学Harvard University



- Unusual circumstances in your life

- Travel or living experiences in other countries

- What you would want your future college roommate to know about you

- An intellectual experience (course, project, book, discussion, paper,poetry, or research topic in engineering, mathematics, science or other modesof inquiry) that has meant the most to you

- How you hope to use your college education

- A list of books you have read during the past twelve months








1. Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes, or contributed to group efforts over time.  

2. Every person has a creative side, and it can be expressed in many ways: problem solving, original and innovative thinking, and artistically, to name a few. Describe how you express your creative side.  

3. What would you say is your greatest talent or skill? How have you developed and demonstrated that talent over time? 

4. Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational opportunity or worked to overcome an educational barrier you have faced.

5. Describe the most significant challenge you have faced and the steps you have taken to overcome this challenge. How has this challenge affected your academic achievement?

6. Describe your favorite academic subject and explain how it has influenced you.

7. What have you done to make your school or your community a better place?  

8. What is the one thing that you think sets you apart from other candidates applying to the University of California?

杜克大学 Duke University

1. If you are applying to the Pratt School of Engineering as either a first-year or transfer applicant, please discuss why you want to study engineering and why you would like to study at Duke. (150 words maximum)

2. If you are applying to the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences as either a first-year or transfer applicant, please discuss why you consider Duke a good match for you. Is there something particular about Duke that attracts you? (150 words maximum)

3. Duke University seeks a talented, engaged student body that embodies the wide range of human experience; we believe that the diversity of our students makes our community stronger. If you'd like to share a perspective you bring or experiences you've had to help us understand you better—perhaps related to a community you belong to, your sexual orientation or gender identity, or your family or cultural background—we encourage you to do so. Real people are reading your application, and we want to do our best to understand and appreciate the real people applying to Duke. (250 words maximum, optional for all applicants)

约翰霍普金斯大学 Johns Hopkins University

1. Johns Hopkins University was founded in 1876 on a spirit of exploration and discovery. As a result, students can pursue a multi-dimensional undergraduate experience both in and outside of the classroom. Given the opportunities at Hopkins, please discuss your current interests—academic or extracurricular pursuits, personal passions, summer experiences, etc.—and how you will build upon them here.

密歇根大学 University of Michigan

1. Everyone belongs to many different communities and/or groups defined by (among other things) shared geography, religion, ethnicity, income, cuisine, interest, race, ideology, or intellectual heritage. Choose one of the communities to which you belong, and describe that community and your place within it. (250 words.)

2. Describe the unique qualities that attract you to the specific undergraduate College or School (including preferred admission and dual degree programs) to which you are applying at the University of Michigan. How would that curriculum support your interests? (500 words maximum.) 

北卡大学教堂山分校 UNC – Chapel Hill

四选一 (400-500词)

1. Teen activist and 2014 Nobel Peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai said, “I raise up my voice-not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard”. For whom have you raised your voice?

2. Students learn both inside and outside the classroom. What would other members of the Carolina community learn from you?

3. You get one do-over of any moment in your life. What would you do over, and why?

4. You've been invited to give a TEDtalk. What is yours about?

There are 27 amendments to the Constitution of the US. What should be the 28th?

宾夕法尼亚大学 University of Pennsylvania

1. How will you explore your intellectual and academic interests at the University of Pennsylvania? Please answer this question given the specific undergraduate school to which you are applying.

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