Showing / Hiding Application Pages

Group / Page Keys

Application pages can be displayed or hidden based on student type using Group / Page Keys. For example, an International Student page should only display for international applicants. For Page Keys, create groups using filters written in the affirmative - who should be included in the population, rather than excluded.


Finalize Application Pages and questions first! Before developing application logic, it is important to finalize a complete application that displays all questions and all pages for all applicants. Additionally, Page Keys can't be added to Slate Standard Application Pages outside of the Personal Background Page and the Review page. 

If there are multiple application paths (e.g., distinct Rounds with their own Application Base), then finalize the complete application for each distinct path, including the inclusion of all custom application pages. Adding application logic is most effective once questions are finalized and application pages have been created.

Creating Application Logic Groups

Start building application logic by creating Groups:

  1. Select Database on the top navigation bar and select Application Logic.
  2. Select Insert.
  3. Enter the following configurations:
    • Status - set the status to Active.
    • Folder: Keep your records organized by putting them in a folder. Select Other to create a new folder.
    • Type - Set the Type to Group/Page Key.
    • Name - Give the group an intuitive name.
    • Base - Set the base to Applications.
    • Filters - Add filters to define the group. For example, use the Citizenship Status filter to restrict a group to only international applicants.

    Click the Slate Scholar Lightbulb    in the top left corner for a complete listing of all setting descriptions.

Adding Page Keys to Application Pages

Once created, Page Keys can be used to show or hide pages in the application conditionally. To apply a Page Key to an application page:

  1. Select Database on the top navigation bar and select Application Editor.
  2. Select the application configuration you would like to edit (for example, /apply/ or /apply/GR/).
  3. Select Edit Menu.
  4. In the dialog box, select the Add Page Key field and select a Group from the Page Key list. This page will only display for the applicants who meet the group criteria.


Page Key = Your Groups. The Page Key dropdown menu displays all Group names that have been created. It is possible to add more than one group to the Page Key configuration.

For example, a Page Key setting might look like this: First-Year, International. In this case the page will display for applicants belonging to the First-Year Group and it will also display for applicants belonging to the International Group.

If a Group is deleted that was being used within hard fails, you will need to re-save each of the impacted hard fails to reflect the update and allow the hard fails to operate.

  Should Round Key be used?

Avoid the need to make a group by simply adding a Round Key configuration to restrict the display of a page. For example, if you have a transfer Round (which uses a Round Key of 'TR') and only want transfer students to see a particular page in the application, then add the 'TR' Round Key to that pages configuration in the Application Editor.

  Best Practice

Keep the logic simple! First, define the applicant populations and the necessary pages of the application that should display (or hide) for each group. For example, perhaps an Essay page should not display for Transfer applicants. Create the application logic for these large groups. Then, add logic for questions that display conditionally based on previous response(s). Creating groups is especially helpful when adding Submission Requirements.

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