To say that the college application process has changed over the course of the last century is a vast understatement to say the least. A newly discovered college application from 1922 shows just how much educational standards and cultural expectations have changed over the last 92 years.
A student assistant at Elon University in North Carolina was going through a stack of old maps when he stumbled onto the faded application for what was then known as Elon College’s class of 1926. He promptly asked his boss, special-collections librarian Katie Nash if he could upload a photo of the one-page application onto the social networking site Reddit. Users of the site were thrilled with the unusual find and the photo has been viewed over a million times and generated over a thousand comments.
"Honestly, I’d never heard of Reddit until he did that," Nash said in an interview with the Chronicle of Higher Education. "But then it exploded. We were just sort of like, what is going on here?"
The one-page application featured questions such as "Are you interested in Public Speaking?", "What profession are you looking toward as a life-work?" and our personal favorite, "Is your health good?"
For some historical context, incoming freshmen in 1922 were coming of age during the presidential administration of Warren G Harding. That same year, the Molly Pitcher club was formed to advocate the repeal of Prohibition and the Lincoln Memorial was officially dedicated.
As for how much it cost to put down a deposit for a room if you were a member of Elon’s class of 1926, the application asked all applicants to sign an agreement requiring them to enclose 5 dollars, “to be applied for my first installment of room rent.”
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