Can I boost admissions with an art portfolio?

How much does a good art portfolio help with college admissions for non-art majors?

– Christina from SF

Of course it depends on the school. But it’s best to hear it from the admissions deans themselves.

I recently interviewed an admission dean at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (a.k.a. U of I, UIUC, Illinois), a top public school.

Like you, I asked her about how she views additional extracurriculars and links to portfolios unrelated to the college application.

Her answer? She doesn’t look at it because it’s unfair.

Here’s a snippet of our conversation:

Megan Zwilling, an admissions dean at UIUC: “If a student puts in a hyperlink to their work, I usually don’t go to that either.”

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