YouTube Essays

My dear Alma Mater has always been tech-savvy, so it doesn't come as a surprise that it's still pushing the cutting edge, but still, it was good to see that Tufts University is now accepting minute-long YouTube videos as part of undergraduate applications. 

About 1,000 of the 15,000 applicants submitted the optional video, and, from the sampling posted by the NY Times, they're about evenly divided between people who will definitely get in because of their videos, and people who will definitely be rejected because of their videos. So, it seems like a pretty useful medium for the Admissions office to allow high school seniors to either shine or, well, not shine. (I'll let you decide who's who.)

While I don't think the good, old-fashioned standardized tests and admissions essays will be going away, I imagine other schools will follow in Tufts's wake by allowing applicants to use new media to make their case.