Supplement essay

I was asked to submit an optional supplement essay to Denison university. The essay was not part of the commonapp. They sent me an email which says “invitation to submit an optional supplement essay”. Do you think it is a good sign?

Is it an essay for the “why Denison” question?

My advice (from a parent whose daughter applied last year and is now a freshman): do the supplemental essay. It means Denison has again likely had a record number of applications and they are filtering out the serious vs half-serious applicants. It appears that Denison’s generous merit aid (almost everyone regardless of need gets it) due to their enormous endowment (over a billion at this point) has gotten out. Number of applicants increases every year.