We had some shake-ups in the Best/Worst Essay Questions results this year!
Here’s a recap of where the schools ended up in previous years of this poll:
2012 Best Essays
This was for admission to the Class of 2015
The first year of this poll, we had a tie for first place between Booth, Berkeley and Duke.
2012 Worst Essays
Again, these BSers were applying to the Class of 2015
Harvard Business School took the dubious “top” honor for the first time in 2013 – which, oddly by comparison to today’s HBS essays, was for two reasonable essays:
- Tell us about something you did well. (400 words)
- Tell us about something you wish you had done better. (400 words)
Granted, those were both very short essays. Not an easy task – but most people applying then found it easier than many people applying in modern-day times who had to grapple with the totally unstructured and open-ended prompt that they’ve been serving up lately.
2013 Best Essays
Class of 2016
Last year Duke was the far-and-away winner with 18% of the votes. Second place was a surprising three-way split between Harvard (Harvard??), Berkeley and Booth. We were surprised with HBS rating so highly, given that this was the first year of their completely nebulous and even slippery open-ended question.
2013 Worst Essays
Again, Class of 2016
Not terribly surprising, MIT took “worst question” honors last year with 23% of the votes, with second-worst shared between Columbia, Kellogg and Wharton.
So where have things ended up so far for the Class of 2017?
2014 Worst Essays
Not a total shocker: MIT took the lead again with the “worst” essays this year (‘cuz like c’mon did you see what they forced people to answer?!??), and we had Kellogg in second place, and Columbia and Wharton tied for third-worst. Harvard came in all the way down at #4 – which, yeah, that’s surprising to us.
We’ll be announcing the Best Essay Questions soon! It was indeed a surprise to us.