Prospective freshmen who know everything are SOOL

There’s an app for that–college, that is.  The future class of 2015 is currently suffering through that oh-so-familiar struggle that we all had to put up with during senior year of high school: the college application process.   A recent post on the Washington Post’s Answer Sheet blog identifies several of the essay prompts from Brown’s application this year as examples of the recent trend in college admissions towards asking prospective students less traditional questions.  One of Brown’s more unorthodox prompts reads:

French novelist Anatole France wrote: “An education isn’t how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It’s being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don’t.” What don’t you know?

We also liked the University of Chicago’s first essay option this year:

Find x.

For the more abstract thinkers among you, this question should have been a piece of cake.

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