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BU Faculty of Computing and Data Sciences Program User Guide

This guide provides you with documentation, reference guides, and direct links that answer common admissions questions about the BU Faculty of Computing and Data Sciences 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 Client Success Manager.

Important Contact Information

Contact or refer applicants to the BU Faculty of Computing and Data Sciences Application Support team at:

Contact the Client Support Specialist team for assistance with WebAdMIT at:

Cycle Timeframes

Applicant Portal

The Applicant Portal opens in early December and closes in mid-August.

Configuration Portal

Between late October and mid-November, configurations are entered in the prelaunch environment.

WebAdMIT

You can view new applicants after the new cycle opens in early December.

Program Participation Requirements

BU requires all programs to designate two contacts at your institution who will receive all communication from BU and BU Faculty of Computing and Data Sciences, including the configuration, application, and WebAdMIT launch notifications.

Applicant Portal

The first three sections of the BU Faculty of Computing and Data Sciences 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 BU Faculty of Computing and Data Sciences application and BU Faculty of Computing and Data Sciences 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:

  • Applicant Processing Reference Guide: learn how applicants move through the application and Liaison processes applicant materials, such as transcripts and official test scores.
  • Application Statuses Reference Guide: review what each application status means and how you can interact with applicants at different stages.
    • Requirements for the BU Faculty of Computing and Data Sciences Complete application status can be found here.

You can direct any applicant inquiries related to the application to BU Faculty of Computing and Data Sciences Application Support.

Configuration Portal

Use the Configuration Portal Quick Start Guide to make sure you configure your program(s) efficiently and completely in the prelaunch environment. Be sure to check out your CAS's configuration options and review the best practices found throughout. If any optional sections of the application are required for your program (e.g., experiences, test scores, etc.), you'll want to note this on your program home page.

WebAdMIT

Review the WebAdMIT Manual for any questions related to working in WebAdMIT. 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, Configuration Portal, and WebAdMIT, in addition to upcoming training opportunities.

For any questions, contact the Client Support Specialist Team.

Cycle Enhancements

2021-2022

The table below contains enhancements for BU Faculty of Computing and Data Sciences for the cycle timeframes noted at the top of this page. Note that some sections have multiple enhancements. If an action is required by participating programs to use the enhancement, click the links under Enhancement Details to learn more. Additional enhancements may have been automatically released; review the Release Notes to learn more.

Portal

Section

Enhancement Details

Implementation

Availability

Applicant Portal

Reapplicant Page

Applicants who created an account in the previous BU Faculty of Computing and Data Sciences application can choose to carry forward parts of their application into the new cycle.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Personal Information – Biographic Information and Contact Information

Liaison utilizes the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for a variety of standard "lookup" values, such as country names, states, etc. By default, the Country drop-down lists Taiwan as "Taiwan (Province of China)." This enhancement allows CASs to use an alternate name for Taiwan.

Note that this enhancement does not affect WebAdMIT or Admissions by Liaison, which will continue to display the ISO standard lookup value, Taiwan (Province of China).

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Personal Information – Biographic Information

A new Preferred Pronouns question was added.

Additionally, the Sex question text was updated to While we understand that your sex may not necessarily be binary, this information is required for reporting purposes to the U.S. Federal Government using these values only. What is your sex?

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Personal Information – Other Information

A new Which of the following led you to apply to the CDS PhD program at Boston University? question was added. 

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Academic History – Standardized Tests

The font on the Standardized Tests page was updated to be consistent with the rest of the application. 

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal 

Academic History – Standardized Tests

Instructions for the DuoLingo English Test were added. 

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Various

You can now set a minimum number of characters on certain custom (i.e., essays) or numeric question types (i.e., Social Security Numbers). A message will notify applicants that they cannot save an answer until they enter the specific number of characters.

This can be combined with maximum character limits. 

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Letters by Liaison

Recommendations

The link in the Evaluation Instructions section was updated to direct to the correct website. 

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Configuration Portal

Question Rules

You can choose to request or require a document upload based on an applicant’s response to an Extended Profile or program-level question using the Show Document Question Rule.

Action required by participating programs choosing to use this enhancement.

Available now

Configuration Portal

Organizations and Programs

Association users can batch activate or reset programs to draft in the Configuration Portal. A new Organization column is added so association users can filter by organization and perform these batch actions more easily.

Action required by participating programs choosing to use this enhancement.

Available now

WebAdMIT

Applicant Details Page

You can now view which applicants reapplied from a previous cycle in WebAdMIT. The Applicant Previously Applied to CAS field populates as Yes or No.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

WebAdMIT

Clipboard

You can now add multiple applicants to your Clipboard by uploading a CSV file of their CAS IDs. This enhancement can make your review process more efficient. Review the Using the Clipboard page for more information.

Action required by participating programs choosing to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

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