Yale is Adding a New Essay on Engagement in the Community

yaleTurning the Tide: Inspiring Concern for Others and the Common Good through College Admissions is already making waves in the world of college admissions. Yale has publicly announced that it will be adding a new essay option focusing on engagement in the community. According to this article, Jeremiah Quinlan, dean of undergraduate admissions at Yale University, stated that Turning the Tide expresses many of Yale's concerns with the admissions process:

"Turning the Tide does a tremendous job articulating many of the things we have looked at for a long time at Yale. In response to the report, Yale has agreed to add a question on next year's application asking students to reflect on their contribution to family, community, and/or the public good. We will also advocate for more flexibility in the extracurricular forms on both the Common Application and Coalition Application so that schools can more easily control how they ask students to list and reflect on their extracurricular involvement."

Expect to see more schools following suit.

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