Goucher College Introduces Video Applications

The college admissions game is intense, competitive and, some would say, out of control. Now one Maryland college is looking to make it a little bit simpler.

Goucher College, a liberal arts school in Baltimore, is offering students the opportunity to skip submitting standardized SAT and ACT scores, as well as the traditional college application packet that includes a transcript, letters of recommendation and essays.

Instead, students can apply with a self-produced, two-minute video that explains how they see themselves thriving at Goucher, and why they want to go there. Students are also asked to submit two “works of scholarship.”

“The college admissions process is broken. The application process is complicated; it’s stressful,” says José Bowen, who took over as president of Goucher in July.

“Video is where everybody’s at,” he adds. “High school students who might not have a laptop, they might not have a way to write their essay and get their parents to edit it. But they probably have a phone, and they understand how to use the phone to make a video.” <Read more.>


Via Juana Summers, NPR Ed.