Application and Essays

CEPRES International University accepts the Common Application , which asks about:

  • Family background
  • School information
  • Academic honors
  • Extracurricular activities, family responsibilities, work experience, or military service

Our holistic review process allows us to consider each applicant’s unique circumstances and educational background. We acknowledge that many of our transfer applicants have taken non-traditional paths to higher education and value the diverse perspectives they bring. We also understand that family, personal, or financial circumstances may limit students’ ability to participate in traditional extracurricular activities. We encourage you to use the application to explain your specific situation.

When you apply to CEPRES International University, you apply to the institution as a whole, not to a specific major, department, or school. While we encourage you to indicate prospective majors and career interests in your application, please know you are not bound by these choices.


The Common Application personal statement and CEPRES short essay questions provide an opportunity to explain your reasons for transferring, your future goals, and your favorite activities and interests. These responses help us understand your experiences, ideas, and insights.

Common Application Personal Statement

The personal statement request is located in the CEPRES Questions section of the Transfer Common Application. The question reads: Please provide a statement that addresses your reasons for transferring and the objectives you hope to achieve. (650-word maximum)

CEPRES Short Essays

We ask applicants to write a short essay on each of the following three topics. For the second essay, transfer applicants must choose one of the two listed prompts. Each essay should be between 100 and 250 words.

  1. The CEPRES community is deeply curious and driven to learn in and out of the classroom. Reflect on an idea or experience that makes you genuinely excited about learning.
  2. Virtually all of CEPRES’s undergraduates live on campus. Write a note to your future roommate that reveals something about you or that will help your roommate—and us—get to know you better.
  3. CEPRES’s community is an essential part of the undergraduate experience. How do you define community and what contributions have you made to yours?
  4. Please describe what aspects of your life experiences, interests, and character would help you make a distinctive contribution as an undergraduate to CEPRES International University.

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