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Monday, February 22, 2010

Tufts Supplemental Application Video

This year, Tufts University invited applicants to post a supplemental video on YouTube along with their standard paper (or electronicly submitted) applications.

It's such a huge deal, even the New York Times covered this story:

"Lee Coffin, the dean of undergraduate admissions, said the idea came to him last spring, when watching a YouTube video someone had sent him. "I thought, 'If this kid applied to Tufts, I’d admit him in a minute, without anything else,' " Mr. Coffin said.

For their videos, some students sat in their bedroom and talked earnestly into the camera, while others made day-in-the-life montages, featuring buddies, burgers and lacrosse practice. A budding D.J. sent clips from one of his raves, with a suggestion that such parties might be welcome at Tufts."

"Some of the videos have developed a YouTube following. The popular favorite is probably Amelia Downs, with more than 6,000 views for her video combining “two of my favorite things: being a nerd and dancing,” in which she performs a bar graph, a scatter plot, a pie chart, and a sine and cosine graph."

For your viewing pleasure, Math Dance Girl:


This kid was accepted (and probably has the best overall video):


Boston.com has a few other highlights.
I think the biggest benefit of the supplemental videos: Tufts has to potential to be the best looking campus in the Northeast (Any Californian school would still be us blindly).

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