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Robots or Aliens as Parents? Colleges Gauge Applicants’ Creativity

A growing number of universities are straying away from traditional essay questions for their student candidate applications. GPAs, SAT scores, and template essays only say so much about a student. Universities are looking for future leaders, which require creative thinking to navigate a rapidly evolving and demanding environment.

" a time when some elite colleges worry that high school students are more likely to be high achievers than independent thinkers, oddball essay questions offer a way to determine which of the A-student, high-test-score, multi-extracurricular applicants can also show a spark of originality."