Kentucky College Admission Essays

Application Components


The priority deadline for high school seniors is December 1


All applications must be received by 11:59pm Central Time on December 1 for Cherry Presidential Scholarship consideration and Mahurin Honors College priority admission consideration.

The Mahurin Honors College Application for Admission includes several components. Each are listed below with specific information and tips to complete the application. If you are ready to begin your online application, please click here.


General Instructions

  • Inactivity Timeout. The online application will timeout after 10 minutes of inactivity. Take time to review the application components on our website before starting the application.
  • Saving Your Work. While working on the application, you may save your work and return to the application later by clicking the Save and Continue button in any of the seven components and logging-out. When you log-in, select the application that is In Progress to continue your work.
  • Submitting the Application. Do not click Submit until you are ready to submit the application. Once you have clicked Submit, your application may not be changed online. Any necessary changes to your application must be made in writing to the Mahurin Honors College at, or Mahurin Honors College at WKU, Attn: Honors Admissions, 1906 College Heights Blvd., Bowling Green, KY, 42101.


Validation of Academic Information

This application displays a portion of the academic information that you completed for the general application to WKU. The Mahurin Honors College Admission Committee will review additional academic information (such as ACT/SAT, class rank, etc.) accessed through your general application to WKU and transcripts previously submitted to the Office of Admission.

  • Validate the information displayed by clicking Save and Continue.
  • If any information displayed is incorrect, contact the WKU Office of Admission at 270-745-2551 before submitting the application.


Activities Summary

The Mahurin Honors College seeks applicants with a variety of interests and experiences, evaluating applicants in five areas: Extracurricular Activities, Volunteer Services, Honors and Awards, International Experiences, and Work Experience.

  • Summarize your activities, experiences, and awards. Maximum of 10 responses per component.
  • Limit your responses to activities and awards completed within the past four years. If you were involved in more than 10 activities, list only those you feel are the most relevant and significant experiences.
  • If you choose not to list any activities, simply return to the main menu. These five components are not required. You may complete as many or as few as you choose.
  • Each completed component requires a start and end date. If you do not know the day, list the first or last day of the month.



Discuss two (2) of the following essay topics succinctly but with enough detail for the selection committee to fully evaluate your writing ability (4,000 characters max, including spaces and punctuation for each essay). It is recommended that you write and edit your essays in a word processor and paste them into the appropriate text boxes due to the inactivity timeout.

Additional Essay Instructions

This is not your AP English essay. This isn't your Activities Summary portion of this application; this is your writing portion. So, write us something creative, and write it about you. Don't take these questions literally, or do, the choice is yours! Get down to the meat. Who are you? What do you believe? Tell us about your dreams, your crazy Aunt Martha, or your job scooping ice cream last summer. Who do you dream of meeting? Ever wanted to jam out with Bob Marley? Great! We want to know! Be real and authentic. We're in the business to make you successful people. How do you want us to do that? Think outside the box. We give you permission.

1. Tell us who you are by giving us two truths and a lie. Give us three facts about you, or what we will believe to be facts, and describe them in detail. We want you to keep us guessing, so be sure to include "facts" we cannot find in another section of your application.

2. What if...?

What if you had to communicate only in hieroglyphics? What if the Pringles can was large enough in diameter to fit the average sized human hand? What if you became President of the United States? What burning "what if" question do you want answered? Ask your own and share your response with us.

3. Create your own essay prompt! Give us a prompt, any prompt you want, and write about it. We will even go one step further and make this an essay prompt contest. Your essay prompt may just be one of next year's essays for the Class of 2023. Creativity awaits!

4. Bonding refers to social networks that are limited to people who are similar (i.e. a women's book club) but bridging refers to social networks among more diverse people. "In fact, bonding has been described as useful for getting by, but bridging is what is needed to get ahead." - Robert Putnam

What does this quote mean to you? Describe why there is a need for bridging in this world. How would you be a bridge builder?

5. "It is a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. Those who, like you, have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well." - Albus Dumbledore, character from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

What do you "wear well" that initially came as a surprise?


Short Answer

Answer the following short answer questions (2,500 characters max, including spaces and punctuation for each answer).

  1. Who would you want to spend a day with and why? What would you do? Where would you go?

  2. Describe a skill you would like to learn and tell us why. This can be tangible or intangible.


Application Scoring

Mahurin Honors College and Cherry Presidential Applications are scored using the following scale:


Application ComponentsMaximum Score
Academic Credentials (ACT/SAT and GPA)35
Writing Samples (Short Answer and Essay)35
Involvement (Activities, Awards, Volunteer Service, etc.)30
Maximum Score Available100


Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Illinois, has a reasonable amount of essay requirements for its basic application - 4 on their own college application, or 2 supplements if you're using the Common Application.

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