Calling all adcoms! Calling all adcoms! EssaySnark has a suggestion for you!
We’ve come up with what we think would be the PERFECT question for you to ask your applicants.
Why not ask people to write an essay on:
Tell us what other schools you are applying to and why, then explain why you feel our school is the best fit for you.
(And wouldn’t it be funny if multiple schools asked it?? hahahah EssaySnark is loopy, clearly!!)
Everybody knows that every applicant is applying to a gazillion other schools.
Many applicants get very deer-in-headlights on the questions within the app dataset where some schools ask that the applicant disclose other schools that the applicant is trying for. (That was a weird and convoluted sentence. We hope the sentences you write in your essays are not as confusing as that one!)
Well, an essay question like this one would bring it all out into the open!
Not only would it let the school hear what the candidate has to say about their selection strategy, but it DEFINITELY would let the adcoms see the more authentic and honest answers from the ones who are full of it! You wouldn’t be able to hide. You’d have to do the research and show why you were choosing them. If you didn’t, it would be so obvious. You wouldn’t be able to just make stuff up.
And, hey!! The adcoms would get valuable intel! They’d hear all sorts of very useful market impressions about their competition.
We’re telling ya, this is a BRILLIANT question for the adcoms to ask.
The main reason they wouldn’t?
It might suppress app volumes.
If a question is too hard, then the theory is that some people may not bother applying. That is only true for the more mid-range programs, in our estimation. Harvard could require that you send in a kidney with your app and they’d still get 10,000 applicants each year.
Other schools, where there are too many substitutes, many applicants would just take a pass, and try for one of their peers. If Darden’s question is too challenging, then someone may say, screw it, I don’t want to go to Charlottesville anyway, and they’ll apply to Ross or Cornell instead.
So that possibly could happen.
Or not. Because probably, the applicants wouldn’t realize how challenging this question is until they already get into the middle of trying to write it!!
Anyway, there’s our contribution to the MBA admissions peeps out there.
Not that we think too many of you are paying attention to this little corner of the interwebs.
But you never know.