Can I Send Unsolicited Extra Materials With My Application?
Question: I am creating a maker portfolio to submit to MIT as part of my engineering application. I'm putting a lot of work into it, and I don't want to use it just for one school. The other schools where I'm applying (Duke, Carnegie Mellon, Purdue, North Carolina State, Texas) don't request a maker portfolio, but can I send it to them anyway?
Most colleges will accept — and even welcome — unsolicited submissions such as your maker portfolio. Yet, like most other aspects of the convoluted admissions process, don't expect consistency in the application parameters at different schools. So consider these tips as you navigate the decision: