By the way, did anyone think that was rather sneaky of Hamilton not to disclose there was a supplemental essay until after you applied? I know they say it is optional, but is it really? Did anyone who got in ED to Hamilton not submit the supplemental essay?
Hamilton obviously eliminated the supplemental essay up front to increase the number of applications. So they bait you into applying without a supplemental and then hit you with an optional supplemental. I’m not sure it makes a difference for ED applications but does Hamilton do that for students who apply regular decision also?
A few years ago Colby eliminated the supplemental essay and the application fee just to increase the number of applications. And it’s worked. Their admission rate is now sub 10%. It’s such a game.