Guidelines for Optional Art, Music, and Dance Submissions
If you have devoted a significant amount of time to music, art, or dance and you plan to continue it at Vassar, you may submit examples of your work as a supplement to your application.
Regardless of which application you choose (Common, Questbridge or Coalition), materials (digital pictures, music or performance files) may only be submitted electronically through https://vassar.slideroom.com. If you are submitting the Common Application you can also access Slideroom via the Portfolio section on the Common Application website. Materials mailed to the Admissions Office will not be evaluated by faculty.
If you are submitting the Common Application go to https://vassar.slideroom.com, click on the program and round in which you are applying, and submit materials through that program. Example: If you are applying in Early Decision 1 and submitting a dance portfolio, you would click on "Dance Early Decision 1."
If you are submitting the Questbridge or Coalition Application go to https://vassar.slideroom.com, click on "Non-CommonApp (program and round in which you are applying)", and submit your materials through that program. Example: If you are applying in Early Decision 1 and submitting a dance portfolio, you would click on "Non-CommonApp Dance Early Decision 1."
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I check the box on the Common App indicating I would like to submit a portfolio and then I change my mind?
If after checking the box to submit a portfolio on the Common App you decide not to send in your materials, your application will still be complete. Portfolios are optional components to the application and are not required for any applicant. We will not contact you to submit it, and you do not need to contact the Admission Office in this case.
May I request a Slideroom fee waiver?
If you submitted the Common Application and received a fee waiver, this will automatically apply to Slideroom.
If you submitted the Questbridge or Coalition application, please email admission officer Rachel Miller to request a Slideroom fee waiver.
What should I submit for Music?
Please include recordings of 2 contrasting pieces, 3-5 minutes each. Instrumentalists should submit performances of classical or jazz selections, either solo or accompanied. Vocalists should submit solo classical, musical theater, or jazz selections only. Recordings of yourself in a choir or rock band will not be considered. If you are a composer, please be sure to submit a score and recording of your composition. We also strongly suggest providing a 1-2 page resume that details your past musical experiences as well as a brief paragraph about the ways you would like to participate in the Music Department at Vassar.
What should I submit for Dance?
Dance submissions should be 1-2 brief (3-5 minutes) selections from a performance or studio work. The applicant must be clearly identified if submitting a group performance.
What should I submit for Studio Art?
Please submit 10-20 photos of your art.
May I submit two different music portfolios?
Slideroom will not allow you to submit two different portfolios in the same artistic area. However, you can submit one portfolio with two different pieces/instruments.
Example: If you would like to submit one vocal piece and one violin piece, just submit them under the same music portfolio.
If I missed the deadline for the portfolio, can I still submit my material?
Unfortunately, if the deadline for Slideroom has passed, the program will not allow for any more submissions. However, you may email the Admission Office a link to your material as part of the “Your Space” section of the application. While it will not be evaluated by faculty, it will be viewed by admission officers.
If I made a mistake while submitting my portfolio or submitted it in the incorrect round, how can this be corrected?
Please contact admission officer Rachel Miller.
How do I know that you received my portfolio?
The checklist only displays required application components, and the portfolio is optional. You may contact admission officer Rachel Miller to verify that the Admission Office has received your portfolio.
For all other questions, please contact admission officer Rachel Miller.