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First college to offer video application as option

College offers video application option
College offers video application option
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Goucher College is the first school in the nation to accept videos from students as their application for admission, the school’s website stated yesterday. This small, selective, private, liberal arts college is located in Baltimore, Maryland. The Goucher Video App (GVA) joins its existing Common and Universal College application options for the 2015-2016 academic year. A short video can substitute for test scores, transcripts and other traditional application materials. High school seniors have until December 1 to submit their GVA.

Interested high school seniors should show how they would fit into and flourish at Goucher College in a video of two minutes or less. Their video will be evaluated by contents/thoughtfulness, structure/organization and clarity/effectiveness. Production value is not a factor.

In addition to the video, Goucher College requires a signed statement of academic integrity, a high school graded writing assignment and one other high school work of scholarship ranging from a science fair project to a poem. Applicants are also asked to submit an accompanying application form detailing some personal and education data along with an application fee of $55 or waiver.

Recent research has cast doubt on traditional application methods’ ability to showcase all student talents, college readiness and potential. The video option seeks to give applicants a chance to share their interests and passions as the core of the admission decision and not just as a supplement.

Chances of admission can vary based on which application method students choose. The key is to pick the one best able to showcase student achievements and value to a particular college campus. Parents can explore the options with their children but since the kind of creativity and effort differ per application type, students must make the final decision. They are the ones who must be committed to complete the application process, convince the college they should be offered admission, and graduate from the school they attend.

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