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    How to Respond to the Hampton University Supplemental Essay Prompt

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    Updated: April 30th, 2024
    How to Respond to the Hampton University Supplemental Essay Prompt

    As you start your college search, you might come across acronyms like PWI and HBCU, and fortunately, there are plenty of options in both those categories. However, if you’re interested in sports and a campus rich with culture and history, then you should consider Hampton University

    Keep reading to get an inside look of the Hampton supplemental essay prompt and tips on how to write your next essay!

    The history behind Hampton University

    During the Civil War, many enslaved people crossed Union lines to gain their freedom, and to cater to the newfound refugees, Mary Peake was asked to teach. The first class was held in September of 1861 underneath Emancipation Oak, and in the years following, the Butler School for Negro Children was founded. 

    Eventually with the growing demand and desire for Hampton curriculum, the school officially became a college in 1929. To this day, Hampton University aims to stay true to “The Standard of Excellence, An Education for Life”.

    The Hampton supplemental essay

    “Character matters at Hampton University. Describe what exhibiting good character means to you and provide specific examples of your demonstrated behavior in this regard.” (500 words minimum)

    While this prompt might seem straightforward, it can be easy to get sidetracked with this kind of prompt. You might be tempted to write about someone you know that exhibits good character, but it’s important that you bring the focus back to you.

    Hampton wants to know what the values are that define you because it will tell them how you align with their own. Be sure to take some time to research the Hampton mission statement to get some ideas. 

    Questions to consider:

    •  Who do you know that exhibits good character?
    • What values do you share with Hampton?
    • What type of character do you exhibit? 

    Final thoughts for students

    Now that you’ve gotten started on your essay, it’s probably time for you to do a campus tour! Some schools offer both virtual and in-person tours, so take advantage of your options.

    Don’t forget to check over your essay for editing to catch any grammatical errors. Even reading it out loud once can help you notice run-on sentences and incorrect phrases. You got this and best of luck!

    See also: Top Questions to Ask on a Campus Tour

    Additional resources

    A key part of college applications is asking for recommendation letters from your teachers. This process may seem daunting at first, but before you know it, you’ll be writing essays about yourself, including personal statements

    Be sure to note the differences between a personal statement and a statement of purpose as the terms might come up on college websites. If you haven’t decided on one already, check out our guide on how to choose a major!

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