Where Does The College Admissions Process Begin ?
The college admissions process begins with YOU.
All those things are things you can do before you actually apply to college. These are the things that YOU CAN control. What you CAN’T control is the final admissions decision.
The college selection process is sometimes a very subjective and non-transparent process. It can be baffling, confusing, frustrating and downright painful.
The key here is to apply to multiple colleges. In addition to applying to your first-choice college, you should have a Plan B AND a Plan C. Most people agree that 6-8 colleges is a good number of colleges to apply to. If you have your heart set on attending one particular college, shoot for your dreams BUT understand that you may not get into that school. It’s better to have a back-up plan…or two so that you create options for yourself.
General Undergraduate Admissions Process :
1. Choose the school or schools you are interested in applying.
2. Request information and application packets from those schools.
3. Apply for financial aid with FAFSA if you haven’t done so already.
4. Gather necessary documents and requirements to be included with your application.
5. Choose the type of college admission you want to apply for.
6. Review your application and materials carefully before submitting.
7. Send application(s) by required deadline(s).
8. Your application is received by the school and entered into a database for tracking purposes.
9. Your application is then reviewed by the school’s admission committee/s.
10. Your application is either accepted, denied or placed on a waiting list.
11. You are notified in writing about the final decision.
12. If denied, you may appeal the decision.
How Long Will I Have To Wait For An Answer ?
The time it takes to receive an answer about your admission or rejection depends on the type of admission you have applied for.
Noone wants to be rejected. It is simply not fun. If you have received a denial letter about your admission into a particular school, understand that you have options.
More than anything, know that quality education and opportunities are not limited to just a handful of schools. There are hundreds of colleges and universities that offer outstanding quality education.