USD Member Questions

To help you prepare for the USD Member Questions, we've provided the essay prompts for you below. 

Please note:

  • First-Year applicants are required to answer the Mandatory Essay Prompt and either Essay Prompt Option #1, #2, or #3
  • Transfer applicants are required to answer either Essay Prompt Option #1, #2, or #3, in addition to the transfer prompt (150 words in length).
  • Please note that the default word counter on our Common Application essay text boxes permit 350 words, but most applicants find they can answer these prompts in about 200 words.
  • Mandatory Essay Prompt
  • Essay Prompt Option #1
  • Essay Prompt Option #2
  • Essay Prompt Option #3
  • Transfer Prompt