How Round 1 Applicants Approached the New Essay

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Kurt AhlmWith Round 1 admissions interviews already taking place, we’ve had the opportunity to meet so many potential members of the Class of 2018. While interviews are a great way to put a name to a face, the admissions committee has been impressed by responses to the new essay and how applicants have been able to position their fit with Booth. For those still finalizing their applications, we wanted to provide some helpful insights.



What’s behind the essay?
Booth is a place that emphasizes individuality and diverse perspectives. The intent of the essay is to get a better feel for who you are, how you think, and the unique impact you bring to the Booth community. There are several photos to choose from, as each sheds light on different aspects of our culture or moment in Booth history.

How are people approaching the essay?
We quickly realized that image selection results are as diverse as our applicants. We’ve been really impressed and have seen applicants take a very personal approach with their chosen image, as well as give profound reasons for wanting to be a part of this community. Everyone reflects on these images differently, which is something we model throughout our community – valuing unique opinions and individual perspectives to make Booth a stronger place.

What exactly is admissions looking for?
We are looking for you to be authentic, to understand what connections you make to the program and the school, and what is it about the community you find interesting. We simply encourage you to utilize a photo to contextualize and personalize your response. At the end of the day, we are looking for you to bring a new element about yourself into the essay, something that you haven’t already shared in other sections of the application.

Best of luck to all of you who will be applying in the next couple rounds; we look forward to reading more about your connection to the Booth community.