Graduate admissions process goes digital

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After three years of cross-campus collaboration, Colorado State University has implemented a fully centralized online system for graduate admissions.

The new system, called Slate, is completely digital, which streamlines both the application and review processes. This in turn significantly reduces the amount of time necessary to accept students into graduate programs and the Graduate School. It provides an effective, streamlined and user-friendly admission process to students, faculty and staff.

Students have access to their application any time to manage their information and check on its status. Faculty and evaluators reviewing the applications can access them from anywhere in the world, not just their on-campus offices.

“We’ve seen impressive gains in efficiency and accuracy across the entire admissions process when using Slate,” according to Jordan Fritts, senior associate director of admissions operations for CSU.

Slate was implemented in two phases. The colleges of Agricultural Sciences, Business and the Warner College of Natural Resources, and the Biomedical Sciences programs within the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, began using Slate last year; the colleges of Engineering, Health and Human Sciences, Liberal Arts, and Natural Sciences went live on Aug. 1.

“The implementation of Slate has been a long and collaborative process between the Office of Admissions, the Graduate School and all of the colleges and departments with graduate programs,” said Jodie Hanzlik, dean of the CSU Graduate School.  “A special thanks goes to all of the committee members who committed extensive amounts of time and effort to make this system work.”

The new digital graduate application can be found here.