Seems there’s no longer an essay required for admission:
When you click on the link for more info at the bottom of the page above and it mentions essays, those are from last year.
I completely understand why a school would ditch something that must create a lot of extra work for them. Millennium Manhattan dropped the essay component of their admissions rubric a couple of years ago. But, it’s nice for kids to have an opportunity to shine in something other than grades. My son got an offer from Baruch and we were pretty sure it was because of a terrific essay he wrote.