Are you worried you haven’t done everything you need to in order to apply to school? Are you at the beginning of the process and overwhelmed by all the steps you need to take? Moving step by step and seeking help along the way can help make the admissions process easier and more successful.
Fill out the College Admission Application
No matter where you choose to go to school, you will have to fill out an application to help the admission board decide whether or not to admit you. Applications typically ask a range of questions, such as those related to your contact information, parents’ education, high school or previous college grades, extracurricular activities, community participation, test scores, and the other colleges to which you are applying. You might be asked to fill this document out online or on paper. If you can fill it out electronically, all you have to do is find the appropriate link on the institution’s website and follow the onscreen prompts. If you need to fill out a paper application, you can usually find a PDF on the website that you can print out. If not, call an admissions counselor for more information. Once you have completed the application, mail it to the admissions office so they can add it to your file. The application often requires that you pay a one-time fee for processing. Occasionally, if you qualify financially, you can have this fee waived.
Send in Other Documentation
Most schools require documentation other than your application form. You will most likely have to send in transcripts from high school or your previous college. These will be used to assess your overall academic performance and determine if you should be admitted to the new institution. You can typically acquire your transcripts by calling your old school(s) and asking someone in the academic advising office to send them to you. You may also be able to have an advisor send the transcripts straight to the school to which you have applied. Sometimes, colleges and universities will also ask for additional documentation. This may include teacher or professional recommendations as a testament to your abilities and character.
Take the Appropriate Tests
Virtually every college will require you to submit standardized test scores as a part of your application. Many accept scores from a variety of tests, such as the SAT, ACT, or ACCUPLACER. If you still need to take these tests, you can find more information by going to any of the testing boards’ websites. You should be proactive about this step, as there may be limited testing opportunities before your application must be complete. Many schools mandate that you receive a minimum score in order to be accepted, and most will use your testing performance to determine your academic merit.
Take the Final Steps
It’s always a good idea to check with an admissions counselor at your school of choice to ensure that your file is complete and you have submitted everything they need in order to consider your application. While you wait for a decision, you may choose to attend an information session on your program, take a tour, or ask any lingering questions you might have. You can also meet with a representative to go over your course options so you are a step ahead should you be admitted.