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ADEA PASS Program User Guide

This guide provides you with documentation, reference guides, and direct links that answer common admissions questions about the ADEA PASS Applicant Portal, Configuration Portal, and WebAdMIT. It also contains resources that may help you work more efficiently throughout your admissions process. If you have additional questions or need further assistance, please contact your Account Manager and Customer Solutions Manager.

Cycle Timeframes

Applicant Portal

The Applicant Portal opens in mid-May and closes in early February.

Configuration Portal

Between early April and early May, configurations are entered in the prelaunch environment. The Account Manager, Customer Solutions Manager, and ADEA review submitted configurations in May.


You can view new applicants and initiate a transfer settings shortly after the new cycle opens in mid-May.

Program Participation Requirements

ADEA requires all programs to designate two contacts at your institution who will receive all communication from ADEA and ADEA PASS, including the application, configuration, and WebAdMIT launch notifications.

Applicant Portal

The first three sections of the ADEA PASS application (i.e., Personal Information, Academic History, and Supporting Information) compose the core application. They contain questions that are commonly asked of applicants across all participating programs, such as an applicant's biographic information, standardized test scores, and experiences. The fourth section of the application is Program Materials, which is customized by you through the Configuration Portal (discussed in the next section).

You can access the ADEA PASS application and ADEA PASS Applicant Help Center to review the applicant experience. You can also create a test application in the Applicant Portal; we recommend creating a new account and adding "test" to your name (e.g., TestJohn TestDoe).

For a general overview of the applicant experience, review the following documents:

You can direct any applicant inquiries related to the application to ADEA PASS Customer Service.

Configuration Portal

New to ADEA PASS for this cycle, programs can take advantage of the Configuration Portal to add customizations to the ADEA PASS application. Watch the video below for more details.  

The Configuration Portal Guide contains all information related to configuring your program in the Applicant Portal. If you choose to use the Configuration Portal, you'll need to configure your program in the prelaunch environment. Next, your program will need to be approved by the Account Manager, Customer Solutions Manager, and ADEA before it is available to applicants. If your program is reviewed after the cycle launches, ADEA will approve it.

Use the following checklist to make sure you configure your program efficiently and completely. Click on the links to review more instruction on each step. Also, review the best practices found at the end of these articles. If any optional sections of the application are required for your program (e.g., experiences, test scores, etc.), you'll want to note this in your program configurations.

1. Review the Application

  • Review the current application to get a sense of the questions that are already included and what you may want to add.
  • Start to pull together any details about your program and school that you want to share with applicants in the application.

2. Determine Whether You'd Like to Work with the Configuration Portal

  • We encourage you to use the Configuration Portal for the 2019-2020 cycle, but this is not mandatory. If you choose to not use the Configuration Portal, your program will appear with the standard ADEA PASS branding and homepage text.
  • Trouble logging in? If it is your first time using the prelaunch environment of WebAdMIT, your temporary password is ADEAPA$$2020!! Once you log in, you must create a new password by going to Account and then clicking Edit My Account. If you continue to have trouble, email Ann Donnelly at or Joe Clark at

3. Brand Your Program Page

  • Work with your Marketing or PR department to choose a branding image that meets the size and format specifications. Images have to be 900x270 pixels, and 250 KB or less.
  • Pull together your program’s introductory text and instructions, as well as any requirements information, including supplemental items/fees if you use a two-part application process.

4. Configure Questions and Question Rules

  • Review current school and supplemental applications to help you determine which questions you need to ask.

☑ 5. Configure Documents

  • Ensure you have specific instructions for any documents you are requesting.

☑ 6. Preview and Submit Your Program

  • Monitor your program’s status by returning to the Configuration Portal.


Review the WebAdMIT Manual for any questions related to working in WebAdMIT. Click here for a guide describing what's new in WebAdMIT for the 2019-2020 cycle. The Documentation and Reference Guides and WebAdMIT Training and Support sections are additional resources as you configure WebAdMIT for your needs. Documents commonly requested include:

The Release Notes feature new enhancements in the Applicant Portal and WebAdMIT, in addition to upcoming training opportunities.

For any questions, contact the Client Support Specialist Team.

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