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Paperless Admissions Saves Trees, Time, and Backs

In the past, the university admissions season meant mountains of paper. Admissions counselors created paper files for each application—printing out the ones submitted online—then sorted them into bins that gradually overtook the third floor of Mason Hall.

But now that nearly all prospective undergraduates use the online application, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions has made the move to a “paperless” process—thanks to a document managing and imaging system called OnBase. All of which makes for some happy trees and less achy backs (though computer-related eye strain may be on the rise). Some details:

5,043: Number of undergraduate applications submitted online in 2004 (40 percent of total)

15,625:Number of undergraduate applications submitted online in 2009 (97 percent of total)

10: Approximate number of pages per online application

156,250: Sheets of paper saved by not printing out online applications in 2009

8,333: Approximate sheets of copy paper made from a single tree

19: Trees saved in 2009 by Johns Hopkins’ paperless admissions system