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Georgetown U Goes Paperless To Streamline Applications

Georgetown University has gone public with its recent adoption of an online application system to replace its manual paper-based process.

According to a news release, the university received more than 6,800 early action applications in the fall of 2013 and the new system, CollegeNet's Intelligent Connections, has improved the "experience for applicants and administrators, saving time and expense by eliminating lost documents, misfiling and data errors."

Intelligent Connections, delivered via software-as-a-service, allows institutions to customize the branding of applications as well as the specific information gathered. Applicants can request materials, such as transcripts or letters of recommendation, directly through the form, then attach those materials to their application.

"The new system has exceeded our expectations," said Charles Deacon, dean of admissions at Georgetown University, in a prepared statement. "It has vastly improved efficiency while allowing us control over the format and content of our application. We believe the information we are able to gather allows us to retain the holistic review of the individual applicant, consistent with our former manual system, and helps us identify the candidates who are a best-fit for Georgetown. Most of all, the CollegeNet system has given us control over our own process, even as we migrated to a completely on-line system — the importance of which cannot be emphasized enough in this college admissions cycle so beset by problems beyond the control of the individual college."

More information is available at corp.collegenet.com.

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Joshua Bolkan is the multimedia editor for Campus Technology and THE Journal. He can be reached at jbolkan@1105media.com.

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