Locating the Details You Need on Giant College Sites

Looking over various websites for colleges it is obvious to see that each school marches to their own drum beat. Each site is unique in the way the site is laid out, the information that is available and the specific language that is used. Some websites make a distinction between students currently enrolled and people that may be a student in the future. Other sites simply list everyone as students.

It can be overwhelming to try and decipher each website. Whether you are a high school student looking to enroll in college soon or you are a person that has been out of high school for a while and you are ready to return to school, there is a lot of information that can be found on the various college websites.

Locating the Admission Requirements

One of the most popular items people search for on college sites is the admission requirements. Each site addresses this item with a slightly different twist. Some sites will have it listed under a section for incoming students. Other sites may have a whole section outlining the process for applying to the school.

There are some specific words to look out for in order to find the admission information. You can keep an eye out for terms such as “admission”, “enrollment”, or “review policy”. If the website does not specifically use those terms as headings you may need to use the search form and look for admission information.

The majority of schools will freely list their standards for accepting students. These standards will provide details about the minimum scores from college entrance exams, minimum GPA numbers, and pre-requisite courses from high school as well as any recommendation letters from past teachers.

Along with basic admission information each degree will typically have some specific requirements. For example, an engineering program may require that certain math classes are completed at the high school level before granting admission to the program for new students.

Application Deadlines and Fees

Applications for college admission must be completed and delivered to the school according to a specific date. This is true for campus schools as well as online programs. In addition, most schools offer an early decision deadline. Once again, this information can be found in the “incoming student” or “new student” section.

Tuition and fees typically will be found in the same section as the deadlines. Most of the time charts or tables are used to illustrate the fees for out of state students in comparison to the in state student amounts. Naturally the links for financial assistance, available scholarships and grants will be found near the list of fees and tuition. Financial assistance as well as scholarships will also have deadlines that must be observed.

Completing Applications

Most colleges and universities now have their applications online. To complete the application you might be asked to open an online account with the college. This usually means providing a name, physical address, date of birth and email address. The application will usually have the school’s minimum requirements for admission.

The online process is usually much simpler than a paper version. Schools that have multiple campuses will typically only require one online application. This single application can be transferred to any of their sites.

Pay close attention to the beginning semester when you are online filling out the application form. You want to make sure that you have chosen the appropriate spring or fall period to coincide with your schedule for starting school.

Getting Help

If the specific information that you need is not easy to find, look for a section that identifies the college counselors. This section will usually have phone numbers and email addresses for the counselors and provide you with a method to contact someone to answer your questions.

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