Michigan State University will now allow students to submit a personal video as part of their admissions application, the State News reports. Admissions officials hope the videos, which can be uploaded via YouTube or via CollegeSupplement.com, will particularly allow disadvantaged students more options for expressing themselves.
Officials say that students shouldn't expect a dramatic advantage to using video and that they are just giving applicants another way to talk about themselves. "It gives students a voice," said Jim Cotter, MSU admissions director. "Some people articulate who they are very clearly in writing, but everyone's a little different."