January 16, 2013
Boston College Sees a Sharp Drop in Applications After Adding an Essay
Boston College saw a 26-percent decrease in applications this year, a drop officials largely attribute to a new essay requirement.
Last year the private Jesuit institution received a record 34,051 applications for 2,250 spots in its freshman class. This year approximately 25,000 students applied, and all of them had to do one thing their predecessors did not: write a supplemental essay, of up to 400 words, in response to one of four prompts.
Although some enrollment officials