One clip shows a girl interpreting math terms as dance moves. Another features a guy flying a small remote-controlled elephant helicopter that he made around his backyard. Are these just random YouTube videos?
These videos are actually submissions students made with their college applications.
In addition to filling out applications and writing various essays in an attempt to be accepted into the college or university of their choice, some college applicants are now turning to social media outlets to make an impression. Tufts University, for instance, recently began inviting its applicants to submit YouTube videos along with their other admissions articles.
These supplemental application videos serve as another way for people to better demonstrate to the the admissions board just who the applicant is, their interests, activities, etc. Utilizing social media options like this adds a completely new aspect by which applicants can potentially impress those who ultimately decide whether a student is enrolled or not. In an interview with the New York Times, Tufts’ Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Lee Coffin said, “At heart, this is all about a conversation between a kid and an admissions officer. You see their floppy hair and their messy bedrooms, and you get a sense of who they are. We have a lot of information about applicants, but the videos let them share their voice.”
With younger generations being more and more tech- and media-savvy, is it likely that video clips will eventually replace the essay?
Judge for yourselves. Amelia Downs Tufts U application included this “Math Dance” clip:
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