Guidelines for Personal Essay: In an essay of less than 1000 words (typed, double-spaced, 12pt font), please provide a compelling and substantial answer to the following prompt:
What is the purpose of college, and why is it important? In our highly commercialized world, some view higher education as a commodity—one that delivers high economic returns. Arguably, students pay tuition, attend classes, and submit assignments to complete a transaction: the “purchase” of a valuable, college diploma.
Others disagree. They contend that college defies commoditization. Instead it offers a unique opportunity for exploring significant issues, cultivating mentorships, and developing key skills—writing clearly, speaking persuasively, and thinking deeply.
This debate is alive and well on campuses across the country. Enter this argument. Take a position, and defend it.