Spotlight on Auditions

Performance arts have a long history of using live auditions to determine their best applicants. After all, these candidates are competing based on their ability to fill a room with their physical presence and skills. This in-person process has immense value, but the cost in time and travel may not be practical for large orRead More

Interview with Augustana University: Using SlideRoom for Admissions

Augustana University is a liberal arts college with a significant focus on ensuring applicants attain the professional skills needed to succeed in the job market. Located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Augustana serves more than 1,800 students from 30 states and 38 countries. We’re spotlighting them here because they represent a segment of smaller schoolsRead More

Remaking Admissions

For over a century, gatekeepers to elite universities have relied on the same tools to ascertain merit and to shape incoming classes. These have included numerical metrics (SAT, ACT, GPA), detailed application forms, and often an interview to gauge personal qualities. Over this time, “merit” has been defined in various ways. In The Chosen —Read More

The Rise of STEM Portfolios

Introducing portfolios into the STEM culture of admissions can be challenging, particularly when those departments place such strong emphasis on test-taking. Of course, stories like Sabrina Pasterski’s and the White House’s Nation of Makers initiative remind us that identifying a minimum entrance threshold is very different from looking at what applicants have made and findingRead More

How Admissions Missed the Next Einstein

When Sabrina Pasterski was applying for undergraduate admissions, she was rejected by Harvard and waitlisted by MIT … until they saw a video of her building an airplane. Due to Sabrina’s persistence, this video was eventually seen by Professors Allen Haggerty and Earll Murman who strongly advocated for her. “Our mouths were hanging open afterRead More

Spotlight on NASA Space Telescope

Located on the campus of The Johns Hopkins University, the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) for NASA. They operate the science program for the Hubble Space Telescope and will conduct the science and mission operations for the James Webb Space Telescope. In additionRead More

Spotlight on AICAD

AICAD – the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design – is a non-profit consortium of 42 leading art schools in the US and Canada. Membership includes colleges in the US and Canada that are: private, non-profit, free-standing, specialized colleges of art and design, BFA and/or MFA degree granting, and accredited by NASAD (theRead More

How SAIC Uses SlideRoom to Streamline IT Infrastructure for Admissions

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers nationally accredited undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate programs to more than 3,500 students from around the globe. In 2007, they were one of the earliest schools to adopt SlideRoom for portfolio review. Since that time, they have grown into using all of SlideRoom’s evaluation features forRead More

Spotlight on Burning Man

The Burning Man annual festival has become a seminal event with attendance reaching over 60,000 people in 2014. Started twenty-eight years ago in San Francisco, the week-long event eventually moved to Black Rock City in Northern Nevada where it has continued to flourish. The gathering is often described as an iconic experiment in community, self-expression,Read More

Autodesk: Pier 9 Residency

Autodesk, the leading software company for 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software, is furthering their mission to empower designers by offering an innovative new kind of Artist Residency that is fully equipped for making ideas a reality. It’s called the Pier 9 AiR Program, located in San Francisco. The 2-6 month program gives artists, makers,Read More