Provost’s Essay Contest

Submit essays to:

  • in google doc or word format (no pdf please).
  • Subject line reads: your name, title of essay.
  • In the body of the email, please identify your preferred email contact and your full name.
  • Please do not include your name within the file name or the essay itself.
  • Due date: July 31, 2016


This I Believe Essay Contest

In college you will be writing more than you ever have before. You will be writing for classes both in and out of your major– not just in your English classes.  The writing will be more complex, require more advance preparation and more thought than what was asked of you in high school. And through your writing, you will become a part of our community here at UMass Dartmouth.

Knowing who YOU are coming in to your university education will inform many of the choices you make here, from choosing extra-curricular activities to your ability to manage your time, to the kinds of friends you meet on campus. This essay, or project, is an opportunity to explore and examine the values and experiences that make you, You, and to share them with our larger learning community.

Your Prompt:

Consider the experiences and values that shape you. Consider your personal credos–are there statements or values that you live by? If so, can you explain how those values were shaped for you? You may choose to reflect on just about anything, from experiences with family, friends, education, to adventures in foreign cities or your hometown, or perhaps a personal struggle that you’ve overcome– our values take root in an infinite number of ways.

Then, compose a brief, 500-word essay, recording or video that both describes your experience and the values gained. Remember, your audience is your incoming class, as well as the UMassD community at large, so you will need to be thoughtful, personal and descriptive.


In an effort to recognize stand-out submissions in our First-year Reading Project, we will  select the top 3 essays/projects submitted by the incoming class and showcase them at Convocation. Stand-out submissions will be recognized with prizes from the Provost.

First Place: $250

Second Place: $150

Third Place: $100

Good luck writers, and welcome to the Corsair Community!