Goucher College accepting videos from applicants

A Baltimore-area college is the first in the country to unveil an application option that allows students to submit videos as part of their admissions applications.

Goucher College in Towson announced Thursday that applicants for the 2015-2016 academic year can choose not to submit SAT scores or transcripts, and instead send a two-minute video about why they want to attend the institution.

Other colleges and universities allow students to submit videos as supplements to grades and test scores, but Goucher is the first to consider a video as the primary piece of a prospective student’s application.

Goucher is a private college with roughly 1,450 undergraduate students.

Goucher President Jose Bowen said the school introduced the new application option because students are “more than the numbers” on their academic records.

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