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How much weight is put into art supplements?

zafoafozafoafo Posts: 39Registered User Junior Member
edited March 2007 in University of Virginia
Does UVa just glance over it or is it seriously considered? Has anyone been admitted based mostly on the quality of their supplement? Do they have to fill queries for the different departments?
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Replies to: How much weight is put into art supplements?

  • aaron12345aaron12345 Posts: 100Registered User Junior Member
    i'm curious too :)
  • Proud DadProud Dad Posts: 506Registered User Member
    Well, a Drama department dean told my daughter that they really have very little pull with admissions. In fact, they had asked for several admission spots to be able to fill with their choice applicants but were denied and have been for years. Assuming every department has similar problems, it looks like it might help round-out your resume but, even though UVA has you send it to a specific department and person, the recommendation from that person doesn't seem to carry much weight. You're apparently much better off if your dad owns FedEx than if you have fantastic artistic talent. That being said, my daughter sent in art supplements to the appropriate departments for everything in which she has the skills and experience. Good luck! (I don't own FedEx!)
  • jersey44jersey44 Posts: 152Registered User Junior Member
    We were told the same thing last year. It's a shame that this recommendation by the Fine and Performing Arts Commission (full text can be found here: http://www.virginia.edu/virginia2020/h2docs-fpa-finalreport.htm) does not seem to have come to fruition:

    In order to aggressively recruit students with exceptional artistic talent, give greater weight to artistic ability in the admissions process....

    My OOS daughter was not accepted last year, probably due to "strength of schedule" (her grades and test scores were well above the average). She attended a high school with a performing arts program that precluded those students from taking most of the AP classes (block schedule conflicts).

    It all worked out for the best though -- she's on the Dean List, has a wonderful merit scholarship, and is happy as can be at her current school.
  • merblajammerblajam Posts: 78Registered User Junior Member
    I believe it helps a little. My daughter submitted one last year. Based on the supplement, she had folks advocating for her admission. I assume it made some difference because she got in off the waitlist. At other schools, the supplement made a bigger difference.
  • Dean JDean J Posts: 3,860College Rep Senior Member
    The supplements help, but to be honest, the faculty are so busy with their other work that they don't always get their reviews back to us before we review applications.

    They used to want all supplements a month before the application deadline. That deadline was so early that many students didn't bother sending anything. Now that the date is the same as the application deadline, we're getting more supplements, but the turn around hadn't changed.

    The supplement can help, but in the absense of a faculty review, I usually look at the resume to see if a student has been recognized for their talent (All-State Band or something along those lines).

    My suggestion for any juniors thinking of submitting an art supplement is to send it in early. Do not wait until the first week in January next year.
  • jOHN ROSSjOHN ROSS Posts: 343Registered User Member
    Dean J has spoken and she really is the only person who can speak on this subject with first-hand knowledge. D did submit a music supplement and, as an ED applicant, submitted her CD a month before the ED application deadline. I do not know whether comments were passed on to the Admissions Committee but, using the Dean J objective recognition method, I can also report that she was selected as an All-State Soprano and this was mentioned on her application. D was accepted ED. D was disappointed in her attempts to communicate with the Music Department. In fact, it was the only Music Department among those she reached out to (ie. Princeton, Yale, Haverford, Bowdoin etc.), that failed to get back to her. Nevertheless, D still hopes to continue her musical endeavors at UVA.
  • zafoafozafoafo Posts: 39Registered User Junior Member
    Thanks. Thats not the answer I was hoping for, but it was very helpful.
    So do admissions officers see if an applicant has submitted a supplement without getting the review back?
  • Dean JDean J Posts: 3,860College Rep Senior Member
    Yes, zagoafo.
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