Undergraduate Admissions


50% of your Stamps admissions decision is based on your portfolio.

In this video, Stamps Recruiting Coordinator Juliana gives inside information on the kinds of work we like to see and tips on how to make your portfolio stand out.

Your portfolio should include:

  • 12-15 pieces of your best and most recent work
  • 2 design or direct observation drawings

Check out the videos below for tips on observational drawing from Stamps senior Maggie McConnell (BFA ‘21).

Keep in mind:

  • Emphasize experimentation, concept, and a range of media
  • Include class assignments and self-directed work
  • Answer the question, “Why did I create this?” for each work's description
  • Your application will be considered complete only after you have submitted your portfolio.
Portfolio Review

We know that each school is different, and it can be challenging to consider what to include when curating your portfolio. The Stamps Admissions Team would be happy to provide some feedback to help you decide which pieces would benefit your portfolio submission. Click the link below to set up an informal informal portfolio review, and a Stamps Admissions counselor will be in touch with feedback on your creative work. Informal portfolio reviews can be conducted through email or by scheduling a 15-minute Zoom meeting, just let us know what you'd prefer when you sign up.

Submitting Your Portfolio

Early deadline : November 15
Regular deadline : February 1

Portfolios are submitted through SlideRoom. You will receive a link to SlideRoom through your Common Application.

There is a $10 transaction fee to submit your portfolio. Students who receive a Common Application fee waiver will automatically receive a SlideRoom fee waiver.

For technical assistance with SlideRoom, visit support.slideroom.com.