Wednesday, May 6, 2009

How would President Tilghman fill out the Princeton application?

A traditional college essay topic asks the applicant to write as if "You have just completed your 300-page autobiography. Please submit page 217." At age 17 most high school seniors have not completed enough to warrant a 300 page autobiography, however, what happens when an adult,with considerable more experience under their belt faces that challenge?

The Wall Street Journal asked 10 college presidents, including Amy Gutmann, the President of the University of Pennsylvania and former Princeton provost, to complete one of their school's admission essays. The results are interesting view on the essays that consumed the fall term of senior year in high school.