College admissions officials turn to iPad to streamline applications

If an iPad from the admissions office is lose or stolen, student data stored in the tablet can be wiped clean from the Matchbox back end. Student data disappears from each iPad once a student is accepted or rejected.

Having prospective student data on a single screen – instead of a stapled collection of loose papers – will encourage more recruitment events at schools that use Matchbox’s software, said Rob Weiler, assistant dean at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.

UCLA and MIT held more than 100 recruiting events around the world during the 2011-12 application year.

“We thought that Matchbox’s native iPad application and cloud-based infrastructure could provide the battery life, security and mobility that our highly mobile Admissions team required,” Weiler said.

Ridding UCLA’s admissions office of the piles of paper that poured in every admissions season has made application reviews a much simpler process, Hubbell said.

“There’s definitely flexibility in instant retrieval,” he said. “That’s been a godsend.”

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