Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management today (Jan. 14) began telling applicants who received a waiver for a new video admissions test that they could still submit a video essay.
Kate Smith, assistant dean of admissions and financial aid, said applicants who were granted a waiver have until the end of this Friday, Jan. 17th, to do the video.
“The video essay is a great opportunity for us to meet our applicants from wherever they might be in the world and to get to know you on a more personal level in a spontaneous format,” wrote Smith in an email obtained by Poets&Quants.
An uncertain number of applicants were unable to complete the new video essay due to “technical difficulties” that the school has largely attributed to connectivity problems. In some cases, applicants who tried to access the video test from work found that they were blocked by their corporate firewalls.
The email from Smith follows:
Thank you for submitting your application to the Kellogg School of Management.
I’m sending you this note, because you received a waiver for the video essay portion of your application due to the technical difficulties you experienced.
We want to make sure that anyone who is interested in applying to Kellogg has the opportunity to submit a video essay.
You still have the option to submit a video as part of your original application. All you need to do is go to this link — https://apply.kellogg.northwestern.edu/apply/vid — insert your email address and the account password you previously created, and follow the instructions. If you have questions, you can refer to these video essay troubleshooting tips.
If you plan to submit a video, please do so no later than the end of the day Friday, January 17th.
The video essay is a great opportunity for us to meet our applicants from wherever they might be in the world and to get to know you on a more personal level in a spontaneous format.
Thank you for your interest in Kellogg.
Assistant Dean, Admissions and Financial Aid
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