An essay by Saint Mary's Vice Provost Michael Beseda -- recently published in the book, "College Unranked: Ending the College Admission Frenzy" -- is mentioned in a Washington Post column written by the newspaper's education writer.
The article reads, in part:
Michael Beseda, vice provost for enrollment, Saint Mary's College of California. He tells what may be the best story in the book: An applicant to his school from a large public high school in the Midwest submitted this four-word essay in response to the standard question asking why she wanted to attend that college: "I want to learn." That was all she wrote. Was she being flippant or deep or ridiculous or what? Unable to resist rewarding such chutzpah, Saint Mary's let her in and she graduated at the top of her class.