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10 days ago
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Will Admission Officers Click on Links?
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So on my application I listed a link to a "portfolio or gallery" of my talents, skills, sports, and extracurricular activities. Would the individual reviewing my application (ivy college) click on these links? I also want to mention that I explicitly mentioned what it included.

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9 days ago

Many Ivy's like Brown, Harvard, Columbia have their own optional portfolio provisions for applicants. If your needs can be served by those, it would be better for you because they become an official part of your application.

Since most Ivy readers only spend 10 minutes tops on reading an entire file including your supplemental essays, transcripts, recommendations and common app data, I think I would try to submit your application using their preferred format of submitting add'l materials and not rely on links. They just might not have enough time to look at your external supporting data. Sometimes they (AOs) simply Google search against your list of ECs, honors, awards, etc to make sure you are legit. That kind of due diligence is becoming more common with applicants that have overstated their achievements or said they spend 50 hours a week doing ECs on top of doing school work, homework, eating, sleeping and commuting.

BROWN

https://admission.brown.edu/first-year/supplementary-materials

https://admission.brown.edu/video-introduction

HARVARD

https://college.harvard.edu/admissions/apply/application-requirements

(scroll to the bottom of the page under submitting supplemental materials)

COLUMBIA

https://undergrad.admissions.columbia.edu/supplementary-materials

YALE

https://admissions.yale.edu/supplementary

DARTMOUTH

https://admissions.dartmouth.edu/glossary-term/supplemental-materials

PRINCETON

https://admission.princeton.edu/how-apply/application-checklist/optional-arts-form

UPENN

https://admissions.upenn.edu/admissions-and-financial-aid/what-penn-looks-for/supplementary-materials

CORNELL

https://admissions.cornell.edu/apply/first-year-applicants/college-and-school-admissions-requirements

Good luck.

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10 days ago

I think they should. At the end of the day if you put in there it is for a reason that you want to show more about yourself to the admission officers and they are also interested in knowing more about you. So yeah, most certainly they do click on links.

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