Crazy supplement prompts: This college is famous for them

SocratesPost is always on the frontlines scouring the news for relevant updates in the college admissions landscape. We look for anything that can help shape our understanding of the latest trends in admissions and help our readers see the direction in which we’re moving.

Questions we explored this week:

  • These popular colleges have record high enrollment this fall, despite Covid. Which ones?
  • Which top college's supplements are making some of us go crazy?
  • Some colleges have implemented permanent test optional policies. But which college is guaranteeing test-blind policies until 2023?

August 19, 2021 — Arizona State and UArizona

Since its 1886 opening, ASU hasn’t seen as high of a Fall semester enrollment as this semester. The 14,400 students enrolled equates to a 12% increase from last year. University of Arizona will also welcome the largest incoming class with 8,700 students. Nearby community colleges, however, are seeing declines in enrollment.

What does this mean? Students are ready to be back in-person, learning, making new friends, and getting away from the pressure of the pandemic. Administrators will be stressing about containing Covid on campus, though.

Read more here.

August 20, 2021 — UChicago

UChicago is known for its out-of-the-box and wacky application supplements that ask applicants to answer questions like “Where’s Waldo?” This year, one of the prompts asks applicants to invent and explain a new unit of measurement. Another prompt asks applicants to explain why something is or is not original.

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What does this mean? UChicago is an academically-focused college with creative students. High schoolers who are intimidated by these prompts may not thrive on campus.

Read more here.

August 16, 2021 — Dickinson College

The Carlisle, Pa. college will not consider test scores in applications through the Fall ’23 admission cycle. Unlike test optional schools that consider test scores if submitted, Dickinson will not consider test scores at all. Dickinson has been a test-optional school since 1994.

What does this mean? Test blind (a.k.a. test free) policies remove the pressure for students to still take the ACT or SAT for test optional schools knowing their competitors are doing it.

Read more here.

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