Review the Admissions Process

Learn about the admissions process to improve your chances of getting into your school of choice.


The admission process for freshmen entering a college or university varies from school to school. To improve your chances of getting admitted to the school of your choice, you will need to understand the following information.

1. Application process

Common documents required for most admissions applications:

  • Application for admission
  • Official test scores
  • Official high school transcripts
  • Official college transcripts (for transfer students)
  • Application fee

Additional requirements that you may need to complete or include with the application:

  • Essays (may be a critical application component)
  • Admission standards (may include class ranking and secondary school courses required by institution)
  • Residency requirements (non-US residents may be tested for English proficiency, and may need to provide resident alien credentials)

2. Offer of admission

If your application is approved, you'll receive an offer of admission from the institution.

The offer:

  • Is sent to student's permanent address
  • Is sent within institution-specific dates or on a rolling basis*
  • Contains student's deadline for acceptance and payment of enrollment deposit

*Offers of admission for a specific semester may depend on the date the institution receives the student's application. Some institutions send offers of admission on a rolling basis.

Additional information and requirements that may accompany the offer of admission include:

  • Deadlines for registration, housing requirements, and financial aid
  • Information concerning orientation and campus life

Students are advised to visit the institution's website or write to the institution requesting information on the admission and post-admission process.


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