Math Dances, Ukuleles And More: College Applicants Get Creative On Screen

06/06/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Some enterprising high school seniors are leveraging their digital skills through a new college application medium: The admissions video.

In numerous YouTube videos, students showcase their talents in hope of gaining entry into the world of higher education. One young woman strums a ukulele and sings to her school of choice. Another plays a guitar in the shower, and quite a few exhibit how they can solve a Rubik's cube.

According to a video (below) from, four schools currently accept admissions videos: Tufts University, George Mason University, The College of William and Mary and St. Mary's College of Maryland. At those colleges this year, about 5 to 10 percent of applicants submitted videos.

And the ones who did may have unwittingly thrust themselves into the public eye. Hopeful Tufts applicant Amelia Downs made a video of herself performing what she calls "math dances" to impress the school's admissions committee -- but her reach turned out to be much wider. Her goofy video has garnered more than 100,000 hits on YouTube.

What do you think? Would you make an admissions video? Are these cheap ploys for admission or innovative usages of technology?

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