Jefferson Essay Questions

Below you will find a brief overview of requirements and materials needed to complete the application process. For more detailed information or to begin an application, click here.

The application process can seem daunting. If you have questions at any time, be sure to reach out to your assigned admissions counselor; they are always one of the best resources you have to provide you with reminders and important information. 

First-Year Students

To be considered for admission, high school seniors and other first-year applicants must submit:

  • Application for admissions
  • Letter of Recommendation. An academic recommendation form is available to download by clicking here.
  • Official High School Transcripts
  • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT). Our SAT code is 2666 and the ACT code is 3668.
  • Required academic or college preparatory courses:
    • Four English, three Mathematics (including Algebra II and Geometry), three History and Social Science, two Laboratory Science, and three elective courses.
  • Essay of at least 250 words. Please choose from one of the essay prompts below.

Freshmen Essay Prompts (please note specific essay prompts for OT and PA applicants below):

1. 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.

2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?

3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?

4. 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. 

5. Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.

6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Whay does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?

7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.

Health Sciences/Occupational Therapy and Psychology/Occupational Therapy Applicants Essay Prompt:

Please submit an essay of at least 250 words discussing your motivation for wanting to be an Occupational Therapist (OT) and attributes you have that make you well suited for the OT profession. Limit to one page.

Physician’s Assistant Applicants Essay Prompt:

Please submit an essay of at least 250 words discussing your motivation for wanting to be a Physician Assistant (PA) and attributes you have that make you well suited for the PA profession. Limit to one page.

Physician Assistant applicants must also submit three letters of recommendation and complete an application supplement that can be found by clicking here.

Transfer Students

To be considered for admission to Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University), transfer applicants must submit:

  • $40 non-refundable application fee
  • Official high school transcript(s) (only needed if you have less than 30 college credits earned
  • SAT and/or ACT scores (only needed if you have less than 30 college credits earned)
  • Letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor who can speak to your academic preparation and college readiness. An academic recommendation form is available to download by clicking here.
  • Transcripts for all previous college work 
  • Essay (250 - 650 words)

Transfer Essay Prompt:

Please provide a statement that addresses your reasons for transferring and the objectives you hope to achieve.

Note: Students applying for transfer to Architecture or Fashion Design must submit a portfolio.

+ All Thomas Jefferson Essays:

  • Lexus And The Olive Tree by Thomas L. Friedman
  • Marble Slab Creamery: Marketing Challenge faced by Penny Thomas
  • Thomas Paine: Patriot and Writer
  • Letter to Thomas Jefferson from Frederick Douglass
  • Opposing Views of Early Americans, Thomas Morton and John Winthrop
  • The Natural Law by Thomas Aquinas
  • Emily Bronte's Remembrance and thomas Hardy's The Darkling Thrush
  • No Ultimate Message in Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas
  • Bigger Thomas, of Native Son and Tupac Shakur
  • Thomas Reid versus Roy Baumeister
  • analysis Thomas Hobbes?s claim ?a state of nature is, or would be, a state of war of everyone against everyone.?
  • Who is Jefferson Davis?
  • Thomas Edison
  • Thomas Malthus—Section Summary
  • Thomas Alva Edison: The Man of a Thousand Inventions
  • Comparing R.S. Thomas and William Wordsworth
  • Drummer Hodge' by Thomas Hardy
  • Tess of the D'Urbervilles by THomas Hardy
  • Thomas Jefferson's Presidency
  • The Philosophy of Thomas Hobbs
  • Edward Thomas - analysis of quote 'And yet I am half in love with pain'
  • The Rise of the Middle Class in "The Untouchable" by Thomas L. Friedman
  • David A. Thomas and Robin J. Ely's Three Paradigms of Diversity
  • Biography of the Literary Works of Dylan Thomas
  • Importance of Honor in Sir Thomas Malory’s King Arthur and his Knights
  • Truth and Goodness in Immanuel Kant and St. Thomas Aquinas
  • Formal Approach to Thomas Gray's Elegy (Eulogy) Written in a Country Churchyard
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  • Thomas Drabek and Crisis and Disaster Management
  • The Life and Accomplishments of Thomas Paine
  • King Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory
  • Thomas More's Utopia
  • Biography of St Thomas Becket
  • Edmund Burke and Thomas Paine: A Comparative Analysis of Their Views on the French Revolution
  • Play for a Kingdom by Thomas Dyja
  • Jefferson wears a tie
  • Comparing the Philosophy and Presidency of Jackson and Jefferson
  • Thomas Green: Power, Office Politics and a Career in Crisis
  • Thomas Mofolo’s novel Chaka
  • Comparison of Thomas Hobbes and John Locke: Human Nature
  • Thomas More's Sainthood
  • The Role of Religion in Thomas Hardy's Poem Channel Firing
  • Review of The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
  • Abraham Lincoln And Jefferson Davis
  • Analysis of Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  • Two Sided Coin: Thomas Hobbes vs. John Locke
  • Thomas Aquinas’ Theory of Christianity Theology is Science
  • How Thomas Hardy Presents the Tragedy of the Sinking of the Titanic in the Poem The Convergence of the Twain
  • Dylan Thomas
  • The Gospel of Thomas
  • Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, by Dylan Thomas
  • Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson
  • Jackson Jefferson Compare/Contrast
  • Socialism and Thomas More's Utopia
  • Thomas Hobbes and the Social Theory Contract
  • The Message of Courage in Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally
  • Change in American Social Values in Thomas Merton's Rain and the Rhinoceros and Fire Watch
  • The Use of Nature in Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles
  • Thomas Edison
  • Thomas Hobbes' Social Contract Theory
  • The Major Works of Thomas Carlyle
  • Thomas Hobbes and the Social Contract
  • An Analysis of Neutral Tones by Thomas Hardy
  • Life Challenges and History of Dylan Thomas
  • Guerrilla Warfare and Violence in Thomas Goodrich's "Black Flag"
  • Compare the works of William Wordsworth and R L Thomas
  • Identity in Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur
  • Thomas Jefferson's Paper on the Age of Experiments in Government
  • Rhetorical Analysis: the Crisis, No. 1 by Thomas Paine
  • The Achievements of Saint Thomas Aquainas
  • Theme of Death in the Poetry of Dylan Thomas W.B. Yeats and T.S. Eliot.
  • Benjamin Banneker's Rhetorical Appeals to End Slavery in his Letter to Thomas Jefferson
  • Thomas Hobbes: Nature and Origins of Human Thought, Emotion, and Society
  • William Wells Brown and the Jefferson and Hemings Scandal
  • Analyze the contributions of Washing and Jefferson in helping establish a stable government after the adoption of the Constitution.
  • Thomas Hobbes and His Contribution to the Constitution
  • Dylan Thomas and his Obscure Poems
  • Thomas Hardy as a War Poet
  • Analysis of Thomas Nagel´s "Free Will"


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