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Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 01/ 4/2011

Send us your college video essays!

By Jenna Johnson
Jenna Johnson

Remember in the 2001 movie "Legally Blonde" when Elle Woods sent a video essay to the admissions committee at Harvard Law -- and then got in?

Well, some college admission departments are starting to formally accept videos (although, you probably shouldn't wear a swimsuit like Elle did).

I wrote an article for this morning's newspaper about George Mason University, which is in its second year of accepting optional video essays. Dozens of prospective students have stepped in front of the camera and explained why they want to attend GMU -- sometimes while singing, dancing or even riding a unicycle. (Read it here)

Have you produced an admissions video? If so, I want to see it! Upload it to our Web site using the blue button below.

(Note: For your video to appear, you must have embedding enabled on YouTube. If you don't know how to enable embedding, read this. Also, videos published on our site must abide by our discussions policy.)

And let's not forget that most students are still doing their admissions essays the old fashion way -- writing 250 or 500 or 750 words to explain who they are and why they want to go to college. Here's an inspirational video the admissions staff at the College of William and Mary put together to help applicants get started.

Do you have questions about admissions, video essays or anything else college related? GMU Dean of Admissions Andrew Flagel and I will answer your questions online on Thursday, starting at 1 p.m. See Campus Overload Live to submit your questions.

Campus Overload is a daily must-read for all college students. Make sure to bookmark You can also follow me on Twitter and fan Campus Overload on Facebook.

By Jenna Johnson  | January 4, 2011; 12:10 PM ET
Categories:  Admissions  | Tags:  George Mason, William & Mary  
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