I love my alma mater, the tiny and eccentric Bard College on the Hudson River in New York, and I love it even more after reading this Slate article about its new admissions option. The new option allows applicants to bypass the Common Application and instead submit four 2,500-word essays.
When I was applying to Bard, I was a college admissions dream. I had really good SAT and ACT scores, AP classes, and extracurricular activities, and I was valedictorian. One of the things that appealed to me about Bard, though, was that it didn’t require SAT or ACT scores. I knew plenty of good students – students who went on to excel in college – who had mediocre SAT scores. I liked that Bard seemed to be looking at the whole student, not just data points.