Wednesday, August 5, 1998 Published at 16:44 GMT 17:44 UK
College forces students to apply online
View to the future: the Sloan School of Management
Students wanting to attend a business school in the United States will have to send their applications through the Internet.
Applications will no longer be accepted on paper from people wanting to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It says that the move to electronic form-filling will save hundreds of hours of staff time.
'Natural next step'
The only concession to paperwork will be letters of rejection or acceptance, which will be sent through the post.
"In our traditional process, we printed and mailed 30,000 applications," said Sloan's associate director of admissions, Rod Garcia, who welcomed the savings in cost and administrative effort.
"This is a significant step,eliminating the input and storing of 3,500 returned applications.
Although the Sloan School of Management is unusual in refusing paper applications, a number of colleges in the United States have begun to admit students through electronic application forms alongside conventional methods.
Apply to Harvard by Internet
The 'GradAdvantage' web site used by Sloan offers a service for online applications to business schools at universities including Carnegie-Mellon in Pittsburgh, Columbia in New York, Washington University in St Louis and Harvard in Massachusetts.
Would-be students can fill in the forms offered by the site, submit credit card details for payment of courses and then send their applications to their selection from among the participating colleges. Each application is charged at $12 (about £7).