What should you know about the college registration process?

When most people think of registering for college they think of the initial application, but in reality the process continues throughout the term of your program. There are certain steps you follow in the beginning but the process doesn't end once you fill out the application and are accepted. There are many other components that are part of the registration process; without them you would be unable to complete your coursework.

The Application and Placement Testing

The first step in the enrollment process is completing the application. Each school is different regarding the information you must submit with the application and the assessment for acceptance. While universities tend to rely on SAT or ACT scores, this doesn't mean you will not be accepted without them or if yours are low. Additionally, many schools allow students who have SAT scores that are higher than a pre-determined amount to bypass the placement test. This again is up to the individual college; some still require placement testing even if you have excellent SAT scores.

Meeting with Counselor and Financial Aid Office

Your counselor will help you determine the best degree program for you if you have not yet chosen. The counselor can also help you choose classes that will help you reach your goal and meet your coursework needs. Even if you plan to enter without matriculating, the counselor can help you choose courses that will help you regardless of the degree program you eventually choose.

The financial aid office is your road to scholarships, grants and loans. Even if your parents can afford to finance your education, it doesn't hurt to apply for any scholarships for which you might qualify. If you did well in high school you may discover you are entitled to some academic scholarships that will take the load off your parents and provide you with some extra spending money.

Follow Up Classes and Academic Help

Your counselor will also be there to help you choose courses each semester. While you may know how you plan to work your schedule initially, sometimes things change and you will need to make some adjustments. Your counselor will help you work through these changes so you will still be able to graduate on time. In addition, if you have any academic problems your counselor will be able to put you in touch with tutors or mentors who will be able to help you with any problem areas you may encounter.

If you choose to change your major your counselor is also there to help you with a smooth transition and to make sure any credits you already have are transferred to the new degree program so you don't have to retake courses that are common to both programs. This is also the person who can help explain why you have to take certain supporting courses and help you choose electives you will enjoy that will also help you meet your graduation requirements.

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