Online College Application Process

Applying to online college(s) can be stressful and time consuming between the mountain of information you need to submit, to the general angst of your academic fortune. If you need to know whether or not you've gotten into the college you've been dreaming about attending, the first step is understanding what is required. Each college or university may have their own deadlines and unique admissions process, so be sure to adhere to the specific requirements, or you might end up left out in the cold. Here are some things you'll likely need when applying to college:

  • Supplemental Information: Colleges may require you to submit a copy of your identification documents like driver's license, Social Security card,  or birth certificate. Colleges may be using this information for required background checks or just to keep your information on file.
  • Admissions Essay: Some colleges also require students to turn in an admissions essay. The essay typically highlights why you want to attend a particular school, what your strengths and accomplishments are, or your personal talents and abilities. Check into the college you're interested in to see if they require an essay, and if so, ask about the subject and requirements.
  • Application Fee: Prospective college students may have to submit an application fee, which usually runs anywhere from $15 to $50, depending on the school.

More Tips

  • Legibility: Be sure to fill in all form sections so the college can get a clear picture of you as a prospective student at their school, then double check that everything is correct. Handwritten applications can sometimes be difficult for administrators to read, so try to type out your application, or if possible, submit it online.
  • Help is On-Call: Always remember that college admissions representatives are available to guide you through the admissions process. Don't be afraid to reach out to them. That is what they are there for!
  • Deadlines: Pay attention to deadlines. Deadlines for applying to college are unforgiving. Your college application will not be accepted if it is late.

Remember: you are positioning yourself for future's success in a college program, so spend quality time on your admissions materials!


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