One aunt reported that her nephews applied to one school only – Iowa State – because the school did not require essays.
Responses flooded in, mostly from parents of students who had indeed given up on an application because they were intimidated by the essay questions, and many from the students themselves.
One woman’s daughter dropped three applications and added one that had easier essay requirements.
What a great strategy for winnowing down the number of applications to a pool of students who will face an extra challenge or two because they want so much to go to a particular school.
As one member of College Confidential, stated, “Frankly, there are too many well-rounded, excellent students applying to the best universities to distinguish a select few without asking stranger, creative questions.
Students might jump at the chance to communicate in ways that are spreading like wildfire in the world of social media.