Some college-bound students can improve results (and reduce stress) by taking the portfolio approach to college applications. The portfolio approach means including substantial, on-point, original work as a central component of a college application. This approach works well for students interested in engineering, computer science, performing arts, visual arts, creative writing, or other disciplines that produce original work. The odds of finding the right fit can be dramatically higher when a school sees an applicant’s original work.
Michael Megliola graduated from Harvard in 1985, and has been working as a Harvard admissions interviewer and alumni admissions representative for 27 years. His oldest son Anthony was recently accepted to Tisch School of the Arts at NYU using a portfolio, and his youngest son Leo started assembling his engineering portfolio last year — in seventh grade — at Berwick Academy. Using recent, real-life examples, Michael will share how the portfolio approach can elevate the dialogue between an applicant and an admissions department.