Can I boost admissions with an art portfolio?

By Maxine Seya

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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Maxine Seya
Maxine Seya is a former investigative journalist, college consultant, and admissions interviewer. She studied at Peking University (Beijing, China) and Université Paul-Valéry (Montpellier, France) and investigated for CNN and Huffington Post before graduating from Northwestern University. She founded SocratesPost to share the human stories behind the admission gates and offer parents clarity as they help their teens with college.