Submission Requirements (Hard and Soft Fails)

You can create two types of submission requirements for any data in a Slate-hosted application.

Hard Fail Soft Fail

Warns that required data is missing from the application and must be provided before an applicant can submit their application.

For example:

    • At least two letters of recommendation
    • One essay
    • Mobile phone
    • Mailing address
    • Permanent address

Warns that required data is missing from the application, but this will not prevent an application from successfully being submitted.

For example:

    • Middle name
    • Work experience
    • Optional personal statement

You can apply filters to show requirements for a specific segment of the application population. For example, an international applicant applying to a Graduate Round with interest in Engineering must submit the following materials particular to that program.

Submission requirements appear on the Review page of the application:


Active doesn't matter! Remember that applicants see submission requirements on the Review page of the application before submitting the application. If the applicant can access the Review page, the application round and period are active, and the deadline has not passed. Therefore, you do not need to filter on current application period or application submission status when making submission requirements.


Click here to navigate the Knowledge Base's entire submission requirements section. Here you will find examples of commonly used hard and soft fails.

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