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.