From Inside Higher Ed:
Bard College announced that it will offer a new path to admission: an online essay examination in which applicants will have to submit four 2,500-word research papers. Those whose papers are judged by the college’s faculty members to have produced B+ work or better will be offered admission, without any SAT scores, review of high school transcripts, or teacher recommendations.
The sample questions Bard released (see below) are not remotely like the standard “tell us why you’d like to enroll at college X” or “discuss a meaningful personal experience” essay prompts that can be found on so many applications. And most application essays have length limits at well under 1,000 words.