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Checklist for Admissions and Enrollment in School By the Staff at AdultsLearn.

com Remember, if you lower one of these aspects, the others will probably go down, too. Inversely, when you increase one the others are likely to follow as well!

Look over the websites for your top choices for schools and talk to an admissions advisor. Find out their unique details for your first steps at their academic institutions. Here is a general checklist that applies to most higher education facilities. Some might be arranged in a different order, so check with your admissions advisor. If you havent taken the GED and/or SAT (ACT for some schools), or its been a long time, take them (www.collegeboard.com). Arrange to have the results to be sent directly to the schools that you hope to attend. Youll need the codes from your schools to send them correctly. Some administrations have set minimum admissions standards for these placement tests. Others only use them for scholarship eligibility. Fill out and submit the FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid (www.fafsa.ed.gov/). Have it sent to your favorite schools. Find the addresses, phone numbers and email addresses for your choice schools admissions, financial aid and registrars offices. Visit the campuses for a final kick of the tires. Talk to random students, adult or otherwise, faculty and administrators. Youll pick up a lot of information, mental, physical and spiritual, from this trip. Take College Level Examination Program (www.collegeboard.com), or CLEP, tests to place out of as many subjects as you can. Your school probably wont advertise these much since your passing grade on these robs them of tuition money! Undergo any proficiency or regular placement tests required by your school to place you at appropriate skill levels. If youre an international student, be sure you have all visa and English competency requirements taken care of. Get all your documents translated if necessary. Verify and prepare proof of your health and accident insurance and financial resources. Then pack your toothbrush.

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Request transcripts from the high school you graduated from and all previous colleges attended, if these apply to you. Have them sent directly to the schools youre applying to. Request letters of recommendation and all other extra materials that others must provide far in advance of the deadlines for your applications. Ask for these to be sent directly to the institutions as well, to the attention of the correct person and department. It takes a long time for this information to arrive! Write any essays that are required for your applications. Give yourself time and have others proofread it! Youll be glad you did. Submit your applications for admission! If you get this in early, the reply usually will come within a month after all applications materials are submitted. Soon after receiving an acceptance packet, youll be sent a financial aid package with the schools cocktail of federal and private aid, scholarships and work/study to help you pay for cracking the books. Attend any orientations or open houses that you can. Great meet and greet sessions and free booster gear. Find out when to register for classes andregister already! Do this as soon as possible, even online if you can, since classes fill up fast at big universities and small ones. Its usually first come, first served. Pay your bill. Yes, the professors do have a list of whos paid for their class and who hasnt. Get your schedule and triple check it, making sure that You got all the classes you need for your degree plan; There arent any overlapping time conflicts among the courses youve received; If you chose a particular professor, location or time, confirm that its listed there. Fill out your Class Scheduler from AdultsLearn.com. Work with your family and friends to make your schedule work for you. Buy your text books and study materials. Refer to our Buy your textbooks on campus as a last resort only! section of Survive and Thrive as an Adult Student. Also at AdultsLearn.com, of course. Get thee to class! Youre in for an awesome ride!

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