Tips for Getting Started as a New SlideRoom Applicant

Welcome to SlideRoom! We've put together a guide to help make the application process as easy as possible. 

Goals of this guide

  Learn how to create and confirm your account

  Learn how to begin your application

  Learn how to add references

  Learn how to add media

  Learn how to submit your application



Create and confirm your account

To submit a portfolio or application through SlideRoom, you will need to first create an account. This can be done from the applicant portal of the school or institution you are applying to. You can usually find a link to the institution's SlideRoom applicant portal on their "Apply" website, but if you have trouble finding it, contact them and ask for the link.

Note for applicants coming to SlideRoom from the Common Application: If you use the SlideRoom link provided in the school's Common Application, you will bypass the applicant portal and go directly to a sign-in screen. There you can follow the steps below to create a new account, or log in if you already have one. If you are not coming from a link in the Common Application, then after you click on the SlideRoom portfolio supplement you want to submit, you will need to enter your Common App ID before you can begin to work on it. 

Once you get to the applicant portal, you will see a page that looks something like this:

To get started, click Sign Up in the top right corner or in the middle of the page. You'll be taken to a sign up form: 

Enter your email address, then create and confirm a password. Agree to the terms of service and click Sign Up. Now you have registered for a SlideRoom account. 

You can activate your account by checking your email. You will see an email from with a link you can click to log in using your email address and password. If you don't see the email, wait a few minutes, then check your spam or junk folders. If you still can't find it, contact our SlideRoom support team.

Congratulations on your new SlideRoom account! You are now one step closer to finishing your application. Even better, you can use this same account to submit a portfolio or application to any other institution that uses SlideRoom.  



Begin your application

Now that you have created and confirmed your SlideRoom account, you can begin your application. 

First, you'll see the directory, which will show all the different programs you can apply to right now at that institution. To get started, click your chosen program. If you don't see the program you are looking for, contact the institution you're applying to and ask them if or when it will be available. 

The next screen you will see shows an overview of the program you are applying to. Here, you will have a chance to learn more about what is required, what questions you need to be prepared to answer, and anything else you'll need to complete the application. You can also see what kinds of references and portfolio media are required. Here's an example: 


When you have gathered everything you need, simply click the blue Begin Application button at the top of the page. 

If this is your first time filling out an application through SlideRoom, you will be prompted to set up your profile. This just includes basic contact information that SlideRoom sends to the institutions you apply to.

Make sure this information is correct and up to date. If you need to change it later,  you can always do so by clicking your name in the top-right corner of your dashboard and clicking Account Information

When you're done filling out this form, click the blue Continue to Application button to be taken to the application itself. The first thing you will see is any application form(s) with questions that must be answered:

To navigate through the forms, use the buttons along the left side of the page. To navigate to different sections of the application, use the buttons along the top of the page. Or, you can click Continue to the next step at the bottom of the page, or the green Next button at the top to take you to the next part of the application. 

SlideRoom automatically saves your work as you go. That means that even if you lose your internet connection or have computer problems, your work will be saved. You can log in and out as many times as you need to to complete your application.  



Add references

Many institutions ask for letters of recommendation, or references, to support your application or portfolio. SlideRoom makes it easy to request and track your recommendations. When you click on the References tab at the top of your application, you will be taken to a screen that looks like this:

First, read any instructions the institution has provided at the top of the page about what kinds of references, and how many references, you should request. When you are ready to begin adding references, click the blue Add Reference button. You will then see a screen that looks like this: 

Fill out your reference provider's contact information, then add a personal message if you like. When you are ready, click Send Request. This will generate an email to your provider with a private link where they can enter or upload their recommendation. Your new reference provider will now appear in a list on the References page: You can always go back to this page, even after you submit your application, to track your references. If you see a Resend button on the right side of your request record, it means your provider has not yet completed the reference. As long as you see the Resend button, you can open up the reference and edit the information in that form--even change your provider if your original provider isn't available. Once your provider completes the reference, however, that Resend button will change to say Completed, and you will no longer be able to edit the reference provider's information. You will also receive an email notification when your providers complete their references. 



Add media

The next step in the application is the Portfolio

First, read the instructions at the top of the page to make sure you understand what the institution is requiring for the media portfolio. Then, to get started, click the blue Add Media button. 

A window will appear listing the file types that the institution has chosen to accept as part of the portfolio, as well as the maximum file sizes for each file type. You will not be able to upload a file type that is not in that list. If you think the institution has mistakenly left out an important file type, contact them to let them know. When you contact them, make sure you specify which program you are referring to and which additional file types should be added.  

You can add media to your SlideRoom portfolio in a number of different ways. You can select files from your computer or from Dropbox (if you have an account); you can also add links to media on the web if the institution has given you the option to share web links here. Finally, if you have already used SlideRoom to apply to other opportunities in the past, you can click Copy from Library to add your files from that application to this one. 

Once you add your media, you will be taken to a close-up of each media item. There you can add more information about that media item in the right-hand column. 

After you finish providing additional information, click the blue Save button. The gray Done button will take you back to the Portfolio screen.  

If you submit multiple media items as part of your portfolio, you can drag and drop them to arrange them in the order you choose.

You're almost done! Click the green Next  button at the top to move on to the last step.  



Submit your application

When you have completed all the requirements for institution you are applying to, you are ready to submit. Clicking on the Submit tab will take you to a screen where you can review your application by clicking a link at the top of the screen. If you have omitted any required questions, you will see another link in red at the top of the screen that will take you back to those questions in the application.

If there is an application fee for the program you are applying to, you will see fields where you can enter your payment information. If there is no fee, you will only see a big blue button that says Submit Application

Make sure to review your application carefully, since you will not be able to make any changes once you have submitted. 

Note for Common Application applicants: If you are Submitting a SlideRoom portfolio supplement to a Common Application, you will need to submit your Common Application before you can submit your SlideRoom portfolio. 

When you are sure your application is as great as can be, press the blue Submit Application button. 

That's it! Your application is now submitted. You will see a confirmation screen with your application ID number; the date and time of your submission; and the program you submitted to. You will also see any confirmation message that the institution you are applying to has provided. Finally, you will receive a confirmation email as well with information pertaining to your submission. Keep this email for your records.




Additional Resources

We hope this helps get you started, but there are plenty of additional resources available for you. These include: 

  1. SlideRoom Applicant Help Center
  2. SlideRoom Support Email
  3. SlideRoom Blog

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