Brandeis University prides itself in diversity — 109 countries are represented within the student body. In this prompt, Brandeis asks that you, an international applicant, illustrate your distinct background in relation to the school’s academic and extracurricular offerings, as well as its faculty and student community. Your essay should evoke in the admissions officers an image of you on campus, pursuing your academic and extracurricular passions in a way that motivates other Brandeis students to further their own intellectual endeavors.
Here's what I mean: Since students can so easily apply to so many colleges, colleges end up admitting far more students than will sign up. At Harvard, about 75 percent of the admitted students decide to attend. At , Brandeis and Boston University, it's closer to 25 percent. If students feel getting into their top school is a challenge, admissions officers often feel that getting the top students to agree to come to their schools once they're admitted is just as tricky. George Washington University's efforts to make sure that students who apply want to go there led them to ask applicants for a 500-word essay on Why GW? -- quite a bit longer than the usual Why This School? question.
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Spiders. I filed that away with a long-running list of what I call Eccentric College App Essays. The University of Chicago used to corner the market on these, but in recent years, admissions offices have plunged headlong into creative writing and come up with all sorts of wild and crazy prompts. Among the stand-outs: From Tufts: "What does YOLO mean to you?" (YOLO=You Only Live Once, AKA Carpe Diem); Stanford: Write a letter to college roommate; "Take a risk in 150 words and tell us anything you want." UNC: "You're giving a speech at the White House. What's it about?" Brandeis: "What one invention would you uninvent if you could, and why?" Lehigh: "Describe your favorite 'Bazinga' moment." Dartmouth: "Every name tells a story: Tell us about your name -- any name: first, middle, last, nickname -- and its origin."