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BU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Program User Guide

This guide provides you with documentation, reference guides, and direct links that answer common admissions questions about the BU Graduate School of Arts and 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 Graduate School of Arts and 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 late August and closes in late August.

Configuration Portal

Between late May and late July, configurations are entered in the prelaunch environment.

WebAdMIT

You can view new applicants and initiate a transfer settings shortly after the new cycle opens in late August.

Program Participation Requirements

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

Applicant Portal

The first three sections of the BU Graduate School of Arts and 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 Graduate School of Arts and Sciences application and BU Graduate School of Arts and 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 Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Complete application status can be found here.

You can direct any applicant inquiries related to the application to BU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Application Support.

Configuration Portal

The Configuration Portal Guide contains all information related to configuring your program in the Applicant Portal. You will need to first create your program in the prelaunch environment before it is available to applicants.

Use the following checklist to make sure you configure your program efficiently and completely. 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. Be Aware of Cycle Rollovers

  • Keep in mind that all pages from the current cycle will be rolled over to the new cycle. 

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. Configure Evaluations

  • Determine how many evaluations, if any, you want to request.

☑ 7. Preview and Submit Your Program

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

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.

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