Essay Prompt College
According to the folks at the Common Application, in the 2018-19 admissions cycle, Option #7 (topic of your choice) was the most popular and was used by 24.1% of applicants.Second most popular was Option #5 (discuss an accomplishment) with 23.7% of applicants.
If you could be any animal in recorded history, what animal would you choose? Who gave you that advice and did you follow that advice or not? What do you consider to be the most important political or social movement of the 20th century?
In third place was Option #2 on a setback or failure. Always keep in mind why colleges are asking for an essay: they want to get to know you better.
Nearly all selective colleges and universities (as well as many that aren't overly selective) have holistic admissions, and they consider many factors in addition to numerical measures such as grades and standardized test scores.
Your essay is an important tool for presenting something you find important that may not come across elsewhere in your application.
Make sure your essay presents you as the type of person a college will want to invite to join their community.