We share a step-by-step guide for students on how to go about their online college admission process
The Coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent nationwide lockdown has led to this season of college admission to turn online. As a process, the online admission route is followed by international colleges and universities for admitting foreign students in their courses. Some Indian colleges and Universities used to have a part of their admission process in the online mode, but this year, the entire process has turned digital only.
Some students and parents as well are sceptical about how this process is going to work smoothly. Here we share a step-by-step guide for students on how to go about their online college admission process.
Things to keep in mind for Online College Admissions:
1. Explore the College/University of choice thoroughly
Admission to a higher education course takes a lot of thought. Once, you have made up your mind on the subject you want to pursue, the next step in creating a priority list of Colleges/University, you are looking to get into. Next, do a thorough online research on every college/university you want to get into. Talk to school seniors, teachers and even family and family friends, who you know is/was a student of the college/university of your choice in order to get a first-hand account of facilities available.
You can also converse with an Admissions Expert for help. Some colleges and universities also have an Admissions Helpdesk to answer any query related to the process and the eligibility criteria of application. You can call up the helpdesk numbers and get to know details about the admission process, if that is not available online. Some colleges and universities also give virtual video tours of the campus on their website. It is significant to guarantee that you have the entirety of the fundamental data before you settle on a college/university of choice.
2. Filling up the Application Form
Before you begin filling up the online application form, carefully note all the documents that are mandatory to be submitted and prepare the soft copy in the exact file format that the college/university desires. Some colleges and universities require you to create a login ID in their admissions website before you can start the application process. Follow the step-by-step guide provided by them to create the login ID. Make sure you have your own working email ID and mobile phone number as some Logins are OTP based.
Once logins are done, fill up the application form online and don’t miss any of the mandatory fields. Some colleges/universities may have the application form in downloadable form and would require you to download, fill up and then upload the form again on the admissions portal. Don’t miss out on the uploading of documents as desired by the college/university. Also, the next step is paying the application fee, which will again be online mode. Then note down any application ID number generated following submission of the application form. This will be required for future reference.
3. Online Admission Tests
Some colleges/universities may opt for an online admission test and publish results of the same before admitting students for the new academic year. If you have met the eligibility criteria of the college/university and your application has not been rejected due to any error/technical fault - you will need to prepare for the online admission test. First, ensure that the date and time of the admission test and exact procedure of the online test is known to you and you have a working laptop/desktop and internet connection for the online test. You need to show up for the test and qualify the exam as well.
At times, the online admission test could be delayed due to the current scenario. It is pivotal that you don't let the postponement influence your test planning. Utilise the additional time to your advantage and work on improving areas you consider as weak.
4. Final modalities and Counselling
Keep visiting the college/university website for updates on the admission procedure. The college/university will usually announce dates for declaration of merit list for admission or online admission test results. Subsequent steps would also be detailed out in the college/university website. If there is an interview/counselling round involved, note your schedule for the same. The interview/counselling will also be online. Ensure you are present online at the scheduled time. Get a quiet corner in your house and you shouldn’t be too casually dressed. Be confident and courteous while speaking. Next step is when the college/university will send you an admission confirmation email/letter or announce a merit list on their website. And there you, your online college admission is done.
These are the main steps involved and you need to keep in mind when it comes to getting admission online in colleges during the Pandemic. Make sure that you choose your college wisely.
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