This month 5 Questions for the Dean is delighted to host Lee A. Coffin, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. Join Dean Coffin to hear more about Tufts' creative "optional" essays and the school's future direction. And did you know that the Tufts all-male a cappella group The Beelzebubs are the voice behind Glee's Warblers?!?
1. Tufts is known for its “optional” essays on the application—for example, creating a video, or the direction to do something with a piece of paper. What is the value of giving applicants an alternate means of expressing themselves?
There are a couple of important questions bunched together in this one, so let me split up my answer.