Can students apply to college online?

College Admissions

Our counselors answered:

Can students apply to college online?

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.

Kristina Dooley
Independent Educational Consultant Estrela Consulting

Can students apply to college online?

Of course! In fact, most students will find that almost all colleges now have either their own online application on their website, or many use the Common Application (www.commonapp.org) or Universal College Application (www.universalcollegeapp.com). The great part about applying online is that you have an electronic record of everything you've submitted AND you're often able to track your application status online. The downside is that technology has its glitches so you need to make sure you keep hard copies of EVERYTHING!

Reecy Aresty
College Admissions/Financial Aid Expert & Author Payless For College, Inc.

Can students apply to college online?

Yes

Zahir Robb
College Counselor The Right Fit College

Can students apply to college online?

Most schools have moved away from paper applications and it is much easier to submit online. Go to a school's website and look under the admissions tab for instructions on how to apply. Keep in mind that some schools will still require paper essays and supporting documents (transcripts, test scores, etc.) but most of your work will be done online today.

Mildred Planas
Supervisor of Student Support Services Barringer High School

Can students apply to college online?

Yes! And most colleges prefer that you do so. Some colleges even waive the application fee if you complete your application online (Drexel, Fairleigh Dickinson, Stevens Institute, and many others).

Lora Lewis
Educational Consultant Lora Lewis Consulting

Can students apply to college online?

Yes. All schools have an online application option, and most prefer it over paper applications. Increasingly, colleges discourage paper apps and many don't accept them. At some colleges, application fees will even be waived if you apply online.

Benjamin Caldarelli
Partner Princeton College Consulting, LLC

Can students apply to college online?

Yes. Almost all colleges offer an online application and prefer that you use it.