In the middle of the graph you'll notice that a few red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) are mixed in with the blue and green. A handful of students who seemed to be on target for NJIT did not get in. On the flip side, you can see that some students were accepted who had grades and/or test scores below the norm. This is because the New Jersey Institute of Technology has holistic admissions and makes decisions based on more than numerical data. Programs such as Digital Design, Interior Design and Fine Arts require applicants to submit a portfolio of their creative work. Also, NJIT is concerned with trends in your grades (did they improve over the course of high school?) and the difficulty of your classes (AP and IB classes are viewed favorably).
I bring this up because there is a larger trend of colleges that no longer require essay writing as part of their application process. (These include several state schools that work under the assumption that a combination of transcripts and increasingly effective standardized tests will provide an admission “matrix” that is strong enough to assess candidates without considering an essay.) The hope is that doing away with the college application essay allows more accessibility to applicants, not to mention that it saves admission officers time as well.
Drexel University's College of Computing and Informatics offers an online Certificate in Health Care Informatics that is designed for information professionals, clinical personnel and health care support staff. Students who complete the program will have an understanding of health information technology and will be better able to serve as a liaison to between health care professionals and information professionals. Applicants to the program must have a bachelor's degree and must submit a statement of purpose explaining how the certificate will help them to achieve their professional goals. The curriculum includes three graduate-level classes that are delivered fully online.