College admissions are a full time job and not just for the universities to which your student applies. Parents and high school seniors are jumping into the fray to get into the school that best fits their needs and many feel like they are losing the battle to the college admission process.
Fortunately, we have some good tips that could help begin and end the game. It all begins with the ACT/SAT and ends with your acceptance letter. Here are a few pointers on getting through the admissions process alive and kicking, and ready for college.
- Choose schools to receive scores: While taking the ACT or SAT, it is important to remember you can have the results of your exams sent directly to the colleges and universities of your choice. By simply writing in their names, the schools will get an early look at your results and your admission into the school of your choice will begin!
- Start Applying after the start of your senior year! Most institutions of higher education do not look at applications sent in by high school juniors, but as soon as the senior year begins, they are ready for you. Choose several colleges to research, visit and apply for and pick out the top five. If there are more favorites than five, so be it! Get those applications ready.
- Submit your FAFSA early to ensure you get the financial aid you need. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is FREE! so be aware of websites demanding payment for submitting your application. If it’s asking for a credit card, you’re in the wrong place. Go to fafsa.ed.gov for the correct applications.
- Send all the required information together and on time. Application fees, ACT scores, transcripts, all must be turned in before admittance can be granted. Each institution will have their own way of processing applications so make sure you know which school needs what forms and documents and when they need them.
- Visit the Campus to see all that the schools have to offer you. Be sure to ask around about the program of study you are more interested in and ask questions. Be sure they teach exactly what you want to learn. Also look for student life programs, involvement opportunities and resources to help you become the most successful student you can like study centers, tutoring amenities and counseling services. No other form of research can aid your decision more than a visit to the school and a first-hand experience on campus.
- Ask locals about the school and its students. Just by asking a server about their experiences on campus or with the people that frequent it can give you a new perspective on one of your college choices.
- RELAX, be patient, some schools take longer to get back to you than others but that does not mean that 1) you will not be admitted; or 2) they are a lesser school. Sometimes, patience will get you where you want to go the fastest. If you choose to go to the first school you were admitted to, then decide to go to a different school during year two, you’ve potentially wasted credit hours. Be patient and make the decision after all of the facts are in.
College Showcase: College of Business
Needs some numbers crunched or accounts balanced? Graduates of the Lewis College of Business are the answer. As one of only two schools of business in the state to be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), and a part of only one percent of the 13,000 schools worldwide to be accredited in both business and accounting programs, the LCOB consistently works to stay on the cutting edge of the business world.
“We feel like we have something really special here because we are always improving to be an innovative and top notch program,” Associate Dean Jacqueline Agesa said. “If you combine the quality of AACSB accreditation with the small classroom effect, the way Marshall University professors get to know their students and help them find employers, we take a lot of pride in helping students succeed and find good jobs.”
LCOB is home to the second largest program at Marshall University. Business Management currently has 377 students enrolled and has historically been the largest program in the college. The other programs in the LCOB (Accounting, Economics, Energy Management, Finance, Health Care, International Business, Management Information Systems and Marketing) are more specialized, giving their students more targeted, hands-on experience, even to the point of specialized career fairs.
Agesa said students in the specialized programs often know what they want to do from their freshman year and are eager to start that training. Students in accounting, she said, have always “liked numbers”. Individuals in the Management Information Systems major are interested in business as well as the technical aspect of setting up computer applications to make business operations run more smoothly for their clients or organization. The Marketing department, which Agesa said has the best professors in West Virginia and in the region, teaches promotion and principals of selling.
Students in Finance are also getting a helping hand, and not just in the classroom. LCOB has partnered with Edward Jones to offer students everything they need to pass the Series 7 Exam, a necessity for any who wish to sell financial securities in the nation. The students take a practice Series 7 so they can hit the ground running when they find employment.
Program calendars are filled with events like the Accounting department’s “Meet the Firms,” a fun opportunity for students to hand their resumes to the hiring staff of local accounting businesses from all over the region.
“I am a parent so I know anyone who is sending their child to college wants to know that the college is training their child and helping them get a job,” Agesa said. “If we’re not doing that, we’re wasting their time. We take those things very seriously.”
Agesa said she believes business is the “cog that makes all other industries work,” and the LCOB is helping make the students who come through its doors the best professionals in the business world. Finding a job after graduation is easy with the help of the newly established Center of Stakeholder Engagement, an office devoted to finding quality internships and jobs.
Dedicated faculty members, career-based events and high professional standards welcome new students to the Lewis College of Business and are constant reminders of what makes the LCOB your Best. Decision. Ever.
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