Harvard is up. MIT is up. Northeastern is up. UMass Amherst is up. Boston University is up. But at Boston College, the number of applications received for its incoming freshman class is down. And that’s just the way the school wants it.
BC saw its applications decline by 26 percent after it made a strategic effort to raise admissions requirements. The school added a supplementary essay to its application, university officials said, with a goal of attracting more serious students and deterring less interested ones from applying.