Application settings

Application settings determine how your application will "act". Will it be available online? Will you charge a fee for it? How will it be connected to academic info? And so on...

  • You can change an application's settings at any time. Feel free to design it first and work through the settings later.
  • Keep in mind that changes made to application forms will not affect any applications that have already been started. Your changes will only affect applications started after you save the settings.

Application settings

To change an application's settings...

  1. Go to Admissions > Settings > Application forms.
  2. Select the application you'd like to change from the list. (Or, obviously, you can add a new application form or clone an existing form).
  3. You'll see all the application's settings in the right column. Click a setting field name to edit it. See details for individual fields below.
  4. Make sure to save your selections!

Show online

Select Yes to make this application available for leads to start and complete online. When you select Yes, you'll see an embed code for the application at the bottom of the settings.

  • If shown online, the initial application form includes a visual captcha panel that appears only when there is a suspicious level of traffic hitting the forms. The vast majority of times, your applicants will not see it.

Select No to restrict leads from working on it themselves. With this option, your school's admissions staff can still add this application to a lead and process it manually.

Text messaging

Check Yes to give the applicant the option to verify the phone number she provides and use it for text messaging.

Require Address

Check Yes to include required fields for street, city, state/province, and country fields in the initial form.


Select an academic program from the drop-down and click Add. When you accept a lead who completes this application, he will be put in this program. You can also use program as a report filter. Click to remove a program. If you don't select a program, this application will be tied to the default program (as determined by an Academic Admin in Academics > Settings).


Select which academic term Leads may choose to begin their enrollment if accepted and click Add. Click to remove a selection. You can choose:

  • Next term: the applicant will automatically be listed for the next academic term from the date they start the application.
  • Individual terms: choose individual academic terms for your applicants to choose from.


You can restrict this application to Full-time, Half-time, and/or Less than half-time students. By default, applications are limited to Full-time students.

Allow undecided

Select Yes if you want to allow "Undecided" to be a degree option for applicants.


If you wish to charge an application fee, select a fee from the list. The amount will auto-fill; feel free to edit it if need be. You can also choose whether to require the fee at the time the application is Started(that is, when they submit the initial form) or at the time they Submit it (when they finish the entire application and submit for your review).

Redirect URL

After submitting the completed application form, the applicant sees a review copy of his application. You can also redirect the applicant to another web page when he submits the form. Enter the URL of the page to which you'd like to send the applicant, and after submitting the application, he'll be taken to the URL you enter here.

Initial Email

When an applicant starts an application, Populi can send him an email. The default email reads thusly:

Thank you for starting an application at [Your College]! Click here to view your application.

You can use the default, disable the initial email altogether, or customize the email text. If you customize the text, we recommend preserving the {{start_application_link}}Click here to view your application.{{end_application_link}} segment so your initial email gives the applicant an easy way to access his application.

Default Localization

If your school has set up a Localization that covers the interface and other text used in applications, you can select it here. Application fields won't themselves be translated—so if, for example, you're aiming an application at Spanish-speaking leads, you should compose the application fields in Spanish and then also select a Spanish localization in this setting.

Embed code

The embed code lets you include the application in any web property—your website, a newsletter, Facebook, etc.

  1. Select one of your Lead Sources from the drop-down.
  2. When you do that, the embed code in the text area will modify itself to reflect your Lead Source.
  3. Copy and paste the embed code into the html of the page—wherever it is—in which you'd like to include it.
  4. You can also preview the form by clicking the link below the text area.

Custom CSS

If you want to modify the appearance of the application form, you can use custom CSS. Go to Admissions > Settings > Other Settings.

CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) is a programming language that lets you change the look and feel of a website. This field controls the look and feel of your initial Populi application form page(s). If you wish, you can enter your own CSS here to better integrate an embedded Populi application in your school's website. We recommend that an experienced programmer compose the CSS in another editor and copy-paste it into this field. Improperly-composed CSS can render your application unusable, so take special care with this field!

Done with settings? Time to design the application!

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    Joshua Walker

    The settings also include a "Initial Email" setting with options of default, disabled, or custom. Can you include a description of what the function is for this setting also? What is the default email? Etc.

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    Vadim Chepurny

    Yes, please explain this option.


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    Adam Sentz

    The Initial Email setting lets you choose whether or not an applicant will receive an email upon starting a new application, and whether the email they receive will be the default or a custom one. If you have further questions about setting up an application please reach out to Populi Support via a support request

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