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Videos Replace Essays and Test Scores for Some Kids’ College Applications

Mitchell Moran-Kaplan did the usual drill for most of his college applications. But for Goucher College, the 18-year-old grabbed a digital camera last fall and went for a drive, gathering footage for a two-minute video that aimed to explain what he’s all about.

The private liberal arts college in Baltimore County did not ask for his SAT scores, a personal essay or a transcript. It just wanted the video, a graded writing assignment and one other sample of work from his high school years.