The new school year approaches, or in some cases, have already begun. Although it may be a little too late to apply for the Fall Term, fear not, because the Spring Term is just around the corner. In general, most admissions processes are similar. The admission process may differ slightly for First Time in College (FTIC), Transfer, Transient, International, and Dual Enrollment/Early Admission applicants. Let us begin with the basics that apply to most of these application types.
Submit your application. Most have an online application which expedites the process. Application fees will vary, but can be from $25 and upwards, and are usually non-refundable. There may be an enrollment form and deposit and is usually required before attending orientation.
Submit school transcripts. Arrange to have your final official high school, homeschooled, GED, or TOEFL/IELTS transcripts sent to the admissions office, along with any other colleges or tech schools you may have attended.
Submit tests scores (i.e. SAT or ACT). If you have not taken either test within the last two, you will be required to take an entry placement test, such as PERT or CPT.
Confirm your residency status for tuition purposes by completing the required form. If you are a resident of the state you live in, you will not want to pay out-of-state fees, which can be triple or more the costs of in-state fees.
Some colleges may require specific immunizations as per their policy. If you are a web-only student, the rules may differ. Contact the college’s health services to ensure you meet this requirement.
Apply for financial assistance by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form. It is available online and in paper format, but they recommend the online form. Your application will be processed much faster this way.
Attend orientation. Orientation is catered to the type of student that is entering college.
Ensure your housing arrangements are covered. There are numerous on- and off-campus housing options. Ask the Housing Office for assistance.
Once you have your acceptance letter, you can register and pay for classes, obtain your student identification card and park decal (if needed), and purchase your books. However, if you have applied for financial aid and are awaiting your eligibility, you will be expected to pay for your classes yourself by the payment deadline. Alternatively, there may be a tuition installment plan to help with education expenses.
This is a bare bones list of the admissions process. It is, by no means, exhaustive. If you are in doubt, ask the admissions office to clarify any aspect you may find confusing.
Higher education is exciting and a unique experience for new and old students. Enjoy your time there!