According to the Boston Globe, Boston College used an extra essay question to reduce its number of applicants this year.
Students could choose between the following questions:
- How do you plan to serve others?
- Did you ever know all the facts but not their meaning?
- How has time changed your perception of something you heard for the first time?
- What book would you pick to explore Jesuit ideals, community service, and learning?
Applicants were required to write an essay of no more than 400 words. According to the Globe, the extra question resulted in a 27 percent drop in applications for the college's 2,270 freshman spots, from 34,000 to 25,000.
Boston-area universities saw a 10 percent increase in applicants last year alone. The increase has been fueled by colleges embracing a common application that makes it easier for applicants to apply to several schools at once. According to the article, 45 percent of incoming freshmen applied to 10 or more colleges.
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