5 Tips To Help You Navigate the Admissions Process8 August 2016
There are many reasons you might be going through the admissions process for a college, tech school, or university. Whether you have just graduated high school or have obtained a higher education certificate and want to keep moving forward, the process of choosing and enrolling in a college has its challenges. One of the most important things to remember is that you are not alone! You can rely on the support of family, friends, and admissions officers to help see you through to the end goal – enrollment!
To get you started, we’ve compiled seven tips to help you navigate the admissions process:
1. Make a Calendar – Are there specific dates that apply to you? Depending on the semester you want to enroll, there will be an application date, course selection dates, etc. These dates may not be the same every year if you’ve previously applied or researched, so always double-check. Then utilize the dates to build a calendar and aim for completion a few days prior to the cutoffs in case something goes awry.
2. Make Contact – Having a source at the college that you can reach out to for questions or updates can make a huge difference in stress reduction and saving time. When you find a counselor that you work well with, be sure to ask about their preferred method of communication.
3. Use Your Resources – College and universities often have some kind of admissions help or Q/A page on the website. Bookmark it! Some institutions additionally offer a mentorship service or admissions checklist packet. Do a little digging to gather together a personal set of admissions “tools.”
4. Gather Materials Early – Depending on the college, you’ll need to gather copies of materials like your diploma or transcripts. You also may need to write a cover letter or ask for letters of recommendation. Start early so that you don’t have to sweep everything together last minute. That’s how something gets missed!
5. Follow Up – Once your admissions application is submitted, it’s time to breathe! But as you relax and let the excitement of your new year dawn, send a quick note to your admissions officer to double-check that your materials have been received. Also, keep an idea in your mind of when you expect to get a response in case a letter or email might be lost.