People often think that admissions staff get summers off. Not so. We’re continuing to manage fall enrollment and we’re gearing up for the next admissions cycle. One piece of that is updating our essay questions and recommendation letter requirement. We’re changing it up this year.
For the coming year, there will be two required essays instead of three, and 800 words instead of 950. Here are the two essay questions (400 words each):
• What are you most proud of professionally and why? What did you learn from that experience?
• What are you most proud of personally and why? How does it shape who you are today?
Our goal with these new questions is that we’ll get a sense of who you are, how you think about yourself and how you process your experiences. The range of responses can be quite wide – from an accomplishment to a challenge or difficult situation that you overcame or a characteristic about yourself. There isn’t a “right” or “preferred” type of response. Applicants often ask how they can differentiate themselves. The essays are the best way to do it. Your undergraduate school and major may be similar to another applicant’s. Your career path and goals may be similar to another applicant’s. But your experiences and what you take away from them will be unique.
We’re requiring only one rec letter. Ideally, it should be from a current direct or immediate past supervisor. To keep the process simple for applicants and recommenders, our questions are the same as those of many other schools:
• How do the candidate’s performance, potential, or personal qualities compare to those of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? Please provide specific examples. (300 words)
• Please describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicants. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response. (250 words)
The application will go live by July 15. The Round 1 deadline will be October 6, with decision notifications going out by December 19. Other dates can be found here.
Well, that’s all for now. That pool and fruity drink are calling my name.