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CASPA Program User Guide

This guide provides you with documentation, reference guides, and direct links that answer common admissions questions about the CASPA 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.

Cycle Timeframes

Applicant Portal

The Applicant Portal opens in late April and closes in mid-March. Applicants must submit all applications by March 1, if not earlier per program configurations.

Configuration Portal

Between late January to late March, configurations are entered in the prelaunch environment. The Account Manager, Client Success Manager, and PAEA review submitted configurations in April.

WebAdMIT

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

Program Participation Requirements

PAEA requires all programs to designate one contact at your institution who will receive all communication from PAEA and CASPA, including the configuration, application, and WebAdMIT launch notifications.

Applicant Portal

The first three sections of the CASPA 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 CASPA application and CASPA 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 CASPA Customer Service.

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 and have it approved by the Account Manager, Client Success Manager, and PAEA before it is available to applicants. If your program is reviewed after the cycle launches, PAEA will approve it.

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.

You must use a CASPA pre-approved deadline and use the Show Deadline option. You must also submit your deadline color code preferences and program business rules. Institution Managers will be notified to submit this information before the start of each cycle.

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 Prerequisites

  • Pull together information on prerequisites, including any instructions. 

6. Configure Documents

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

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.

Cycle Enhancements

2020-2021

The table below contains enhancements for CASPA 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

Academic History – Colleges Attended

The workflow for entering colleges has been improved. Enhancements include:

  • The option to employ an e-transcript vendor from within the application (e.g., Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse, or Credential Solutions, where applicable)
  • An improved process for uploading and previewing unofficial transcripts
  • Enhanced display of requirements

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Personal Information – Biographic Information

The What is your gender? question has been updated to What is your legal sex?.

Additionally, a new question, What is your current gender identity?, has been added.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Personal Information – Other Information

The Misdemeanor and Felony questions have been updated to collect more information about any convictions.

Two questions about an applicant's previous enrollment in a Physician Assistant program have been removed, as they were duplicates.

Additionally, two questions about an applicant's physical or mental impairment and academic reassessment under the Background Information question were removed.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Personal Information – Release Statement

The CASPA Release Statement and CASPA Professional Code of Conduct have been removed and replaced with a new CASPA Applicant User Agreement and Release statement.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Configuration Portal

Organization Details

You can offer applicants a deep link to the application's Add Program page with your programs pre-filtered. This allows applicants to quickly access your programs without needing to set their own filters. If an applicant has not yet created an account, the deep link will first instruct them to create an account, and then will take them to the pre-filtered Add Program page.

Action required by participating programs choosing to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Configuration Portal

Program Details

A new Criminal Background Check field has been added to the Configuration Portal. This identifies which programs require criminal background checks as part of admission.

Additionally, once the application cycle opens, you cannot edit your program deadline. Instead, you must contact the CSM or PAEA to make any changes.

Action required by all participating programs.

Available now

WebAdMIT

Export Manager

The Hispanic field in WebAdMIT aligns with the Do you consider yourself to be of Hispanic/Latino Origin? optional question from the Applicant Portal. Currently, when users export this field from WebAdMIT, an applicant’s response populates as:

  • Yes (if the applicant selected Yes) or
  • No (if the applicant selected No or didn’t answer the question).

A new Hispanic (Yes / No / Blank) field has been created to accurately reflect an applicant’s response to this Do you consider yourself to be of Hispanic/Latino Origin? question:

  • Yes (if the applicant selected Yes),
  • No (if the applicant selected No), or
  • Blank (if the applicant didn’t answer the question).

The Hispanic (Yes / No / Blank) field is available in the:

  • Applicant Header
  • List Manager
  • Export Manager
  • Race and Ethnicity subpanel under the Personal Information panel (note that this field is labeled as Hispanic)

The original Hispanic field is still available in WebAdMIT.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

WebAdMIT

Report Manager

A new Applicant-based report is available: Local Status History. This report includes the applicant’s:

  • CAS ID
  • Name
  • Designation
  • Designation WebAdMIT Label
  • Local Status
  • Local Status Changed Date
  • Local Status Changed By
  • Decision Code
  • Decision Code Changed Date
  • Decision Code Changed By

Every Local Status change for an applicant is listed on one row. If an applicant has multiple Local Status changes, the report will include multiple rows with this information. This information can still be accessed under the History panel on the Applicant Details page.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

WebAdMIT

Transfer Settings

You can now carry forward applicants in the Deferred Decision Code through the Transfer Settings feature.

Action required by participating programs choosing to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

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