Can students apply to college online?

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Can students apply to college online?

Eric Schenfield
School Counseleor New Britain High School

Can students apply to college online?

Students can apply to colleges online. Today, colleges and students both prefer the on-line process. The Common Application is a one stop shopping for over 450 colleges across the country and even for a few countries in Europe. The website www.commonapp.org walks you through the process of applying to all participating colleges online. The website includes information on transcripts, letters of recommendations, deadlines and supplements required for each school. Schools that do not participate with the common application usually have their own on-line application.

Eric Chancy
School Counselor Apex High School - 9-12

Can students apply to college online?

More often than not, students are applying online, and over the last few years, I have seen fewer and fewer paper applications. In fact, so far this year, I have seen NONE. I would dare to say that in this day of technology utilization, if a student can't or won't navigate the online process, it may be a red flag to the school.

Margaret Tung
Strategist Yale University

Can students apply to college online?

You should check with your school, but generally these days, almost all colleges have an online application, and in fact, prefer an online application to a written one--if you have a totally separate supplemental package that you want to send, my advice would be to send it all at once before the due date, to make sure it all gets there and is evaluated together.

Patricia Krahnke
President/Partner Global College Search Associates, LLC

Can students apply to college online?

Short Answer: Of course. Detailed Answer: They prefer that you apply online, because it's less paper handling and fewer mistakes on the inputting of your data. And often colleges will charge less (or zero) for an online application and charge more for one submitted on paper. Sometimes you get your decision faster, too, if you apply online.

Ellen erichards@ellened.com
Owner Ellen Richards Admissions Consulting

Can students apply to college online?

In today’s world of college admissions, it seems the exception rather than the rule for students to apply to college via paper. With the introduction of the common application to the admissions process several years ago, the number of students applying to college online has increased substantially every year as have the number of colleges that accept the common application online. Thus, students can do and sometimes must apply to college online. In fact, some schools even waive the application fee for the students who do so. The common application was originally intended to make the college application process easier on the students because the notion was that students could complete one application and send it to several schools rather than complete various applications that essentially convey the same information but now they could do it with one application. However, over the years, schools have added supplements to the common application meaning that students must keep track of which schools accept common application and then of them schools which ones require a supplement which could have no additional essays or up to five to six additional essays for the most competitive colleges so the common application-tool meant to simplify the lives of college applicants-has actually made the entire process more complicated and time consuming for them.

Lynda McGee
College Counselor Downtown Magnets High School

Can students apply to college online?

In a few years, this will be the only way you can apply! In fact, some state schools (such as California) have already done away with the paper application. To encourage you to apply online, many colleges and Universities will waive the application fee entirely. Online applications are superior in that you never have to reveal that your handwriting is sloppy, and you can use editing tools to doublecheck your writing for errors. Almost all of these applications will allow you to cut and paste essays and short answers that you have already carefully crafted in a spearate document. Just remember: once you launch that application, you can't take it back, so check it carefully and then check again to be confident that it is done correctly.

Eric Beers, Ph.D.
College and Career Counselor Air Academy High School

Can students apply to college online?

Most colleges today require students to apply online. Every year, a large number of colleges eliminate the option of applying with paper copies (they just get too much mail!) Many colleges waive application fees if students apply online. And it is just easier to track what has been sent when you can just do it online. Students are so much more computer savvy than adults...if you are a parents worried about how to do it online, just have your student show you!

Mary Mariani

Can students apply to college online?

Yes, there are a number of colleges that have applications on line. The California State Universities and Universities of California are all online. Most if not all of the community colleges also have online applications. Our local community college will only accept online applications. Many of the letters of recommendations are also done online, essays also. But I have also noticed that many of the private schools give students the option of having online and paper/pencil applications. They also ask for mid-year and final reports which have been pen/paper forms. Students must remember that they still have to have their transcripts sent to the different colleges. These requests can be made online if you have taken classes at a community college, but the high school requests are usually a form filled out at the registrar's office at the home school.

Dr. Bruce Neimeyer
CEO/Partner Global College Search Associates, LLC

Can students apply to college online?

Yes! In fact, many schools prefer that you do so. By applying on line students accomplish a number of things. First, their application processing speeds up greatly because they are eliminating the need to re-enter all that information into a colleges data system by an admissions clerk. Second, they are ensuring that the information - most especially the spelling of their NAME - is entered correctly. This is critical especially if the schools to which the student will ultimately enroll as the admissions record it typically the initial student record that will follow them through their entire relationship with the school. Third, in some instances, it allows students to receive their admissions decision faster and to skip momentarily the need to run around for pieces such as SAT/ACT score and their high school transcript. Many colleges allow students to self report those scores on their application. Beware though, if you choose to enroll in those schools, your class grades and your entrance exam scores better be accurate as the college will verify that information as you go to enroll for the fall and if they find you falsified those numbers/grades, they do reserve the right to rescind your admissions and you could find yourself without a college to attend! I am happy to say that most colleges that offer this service do not find that many students actively lie about this self-reported information because of the stiff consequences but....better to know up front if you haven't done this before. Finally, some college will even offer an application fee waiver if you complete yours online. So, choosing to do so just might even save you some of that hard earned college tuition money. My advice is always to apply on line if at all possible. It really is a win-win situation.

Kathleen Harrington
Owner New Jersey College Consulting

Can students apply to college online?

Almost all colleges have an online application that can be accessed via the internet. An online application is the preferred method for application submission. The Common Application is an online application website that allows you to send your application online to over 463 colleges in the USA.