UMD Graduate School Streamlines Admissions
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland Graduate School is pleased to announce the campus-wide roll-out of its new online graduate admissions system called “ApplyYourself”. The state-of-the-art system will streamline the admissions process for administrators and simplify the application process for the more than 24,000 students who apply to the Graduate School each year.
ApplyYourself allows faculty and staff to review applications, make recommendations, and submit decisions all in one place. It allows students to submit their application materials through a single online portal and upload documents, such as transcripts, prior to submitting their completed applications. Students can also track their application status from submission to decision. Together, these features help to reduce errors and accelerate the admissions process.
“We are pleased with our new application process using ApplyYourself,” says Mr. Jeffrey Franke, Assistant Dean and Chief of Staff of the Graduate School. “The Graduate School’s goal is to make the application process clear and easy for our applicants and to make the application review and processing more efficient for faculty and staff. This new system accomplishes both.”
ApplyYourself, which is a robust and intuitive system tailored to Maryland’s specific graduate admissions needs, has been adopted across campus, with all of the university’s 12 schools and colleges using the system for Spring 2015 admissions. Many began using it on August 1st, when Fall 2014 admissions opened.
“I am excited about the possibilities that ApplyYourself presents,” says Dr. Michelle Brooks, Associate Director of the Biological Sciences Graduate Program in the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences. “The flexibility of this new system will increase our efficiency when reviewing applications, and as more students start to apply, I think we’ll start to see its true benefits, which I’m confident will improve everyone’s workflow.”
Hobsons, an education solutions company, designed ApplyYourself to be compatible with the university’s current student information system and other platforms, creating a more seamless and sustainable graduate admissions process. The other platforms include:
- Connect: A customer relationship management software that strengthens recruitment by enabling graduate programs to communicate with prospective students before, during, and after the application process;
- AppReview: A web-based interface that makes accessing and processing applications easier by enabling faculty and staff to review application materials and make decisions all in one place; and
- Turnitin: A plagiarism detection service that verifies the originality of admissions documents to ensure the integrity of the application.
About the University of Maryland Graduate School
The University of Maryland, USM’s flagship university and one of the nation's preeminent public research institutions, houses over 250 graduate degree programs, enrolls nearly 11,000 graduate students, and confers approximately 2800 graduate degrees annually. The Graduate School provides strategic leadership for graduate education at UMD, working closely not only with the university’s twelve colleges and schools, but also with national and international organizations such as the AAU Association of Graduate Schools, the Big Ten’s Committee on Institutional Cooperation, and the international research university consortium Universitas 21.