Exploring Maker Portfolios

For engineering programs, the ongoing challenges of identifying best-fit candidates and filling seats has been made even tougher than ever this year. Pandemic-driven declines in international enrollment and necessary concessions toward a test-optional environment have meant that admissions and enrollment teams have fewer options and fewer insights to work with. Plenty of experts talk about the value of holistic review in this setting. When we are struggling to collect “more/better,” the notion ofRead More

When the Show Must Go On: How a Prestigious Dallas Arts High School Saved its College Showcase during COVID-19 and Put Students and Recruiters Center Stage

The Booker T Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas has a reputation that precedes itself in several notable ways.  Founded in 1922, this award-winning Arts Magnet and member of the Dallas Independent School District was Dallas’ first high school for African American students. Renamed for Black community leader andRead More

What Do the Best Art Schools Have in Common?

The U.S. News & World report just posted their list of top art schools, based on a peer-reviewed survey. While the value of ranking reports are questionable (different schools provide different kinds of value), we did notice a theme. What do you think Yale, RISD, the SAIC, Pratt, Parsons, Calarts, and Carnegie Mellon all haveRead More

More Flexibility with References

We have just launched several improvements to the letters of reference feature. In the past, applicants could edit the contact information for any recommender until they completed their submission. However, we learned about some cases where the applicant provided the wrong contact info, or the recommender was unable to provide a reference for some reason.Read More

Consistency and Data Management

While SlideRoom is mostly known for how it handles multi-media, application forms are also a large part of the application process. So I wanted to offer some tips on gathering data (that most data managers may already know). Keep form sections separate: Breaking up long forms into easy sections will prevent applicants from “melting” awayRead More

Important Lesson

Long suffering administrators have a tendency to post too many instructions when announcing the application process. This results from desperately trying to answer all possible questions ahead of time. However, this strategy of just posting tons of information backfires. It results in confusion and applicants not reading any of the information. So what’s the solution?Read More

Deadline Timer and Grace Period

Historically, applicants often wait until the deadline to apply. In fact, the day and hours leading up to the deadline are always busiest periods. If the deadline cuts off at the end of that day, a large number of applicants will be shut out. So, I would like to highlight a new feature that weRead More

NY Times: Portfolio Prep

Daniel Grant has just written an interesting article about applying for art school. This is a good read for young artists and high school art teachers alike. It begins with this: To greater or lesser degrees, grades, class rank, and SAT/ACT scores count, but admissions judgments for visual arts programs are largely based on aRead More