Reference-and-Education College enrollment is a stressful period for anyone. Whether high school students applying to college for the first time or undergraduates applying to masters programs or specialty schools, the admissions process is filled with endless deadlines. Colleges typically handle the admission process for students in one of two ways. Standard Admissions Process The standard admission process only allows new students to start classes in the fall semester or quarter and involves students applying to schools almost a year ahead of their proposed entrance date. The student usually has one or two months to fill out an application before the due date – usually sometime in the winter prior to the new school year. No matter when students turn in their applications during this enrollment period, they will not be reviewed until after the due date has passed. The student must then wait until all applications have been reviewed to receive a response from the college. This acceptance or rejection letter will typically come in the late spring, between April and June. This process combines a frantic, one or two month application period and a lengthy, five or six month waiting period to hear back from the school. This admissions procedure is the one most used by colleges for their undergraduate programs. Rolling Admissions Rolling admissions is the second type of enrollment procedure and one that is gaining popularity. Under rolling admissions, a large window spanning several months is set, during which students are allowed to apply for enrollment at any time. The student is not limited in when they can begin taking classes, as with a standard admission, and can apply to start classes in either the fall or the spring term. After receiving their application, the school will immediately review the student’s admission package and decide in a short period whether or not they want to accept the student. Since each student’s application is reviewed shortly after being received, the wait period to hear back from the school is much shorter than in a traditional enrollment procedure. Many schools with rolling admissions also allow the student to wait until hearing back from other schools before making their choice. Rolling admissions are year round and are used often in graduate programs as well as law schools and community colleges due to its flexibility for working students. The primary benefit of rolling admissions for students is the relaxed deadlines. The standard admission procedure creates a great deal of stress for everyone involved, including admissions officers at respective universities. The early deadlines are often almost a year ahead of the student’s start date, long before when many students may be prepared to apply. The short window in which to fill out an application, write an essay, and get the appropriate recommendations can also be very difficult, especially for an applicant who is working full time. These deadlines also create problems for students who turn in their applications as soon as possible. The wait of several months from the initial application in the fall to the acceptance or rejection letter in the next spring can be excruciating for someone trying to plan out their options for the coming school year. With rolling admissions, the student will hear back from their school within a month or two, giving them more time to plan for the next year. This is especially important for graduate students, many of whom are involved with fulltime careers and need to arrange classes to accommodate their jobs. The flexibility these loose deadlines provide is a major benefit for new and returning students alike. Copyright (c) 2011 Ilana Herring About the Author: 相关的主题文章: