Applying to Online Colleges



Schools in the USA

Applying to Online Colleges

Application to online colleges depends on the kind it is. If it's the online division of a larger campus-based college or university, admission can involve following the regular undergraduate application process. In which case admission requirements will differ depending on whether you are applying to a 4-year or 2-year institution, independent or faith-affiliated, and whether you are applying to a school using the Common Application or not. For more detailed information on general on-campus applications, see the "Applying to" section of the various institution types here on Schools in the USA.

For institutions with specific admissions to their online programs, the application process can be quite different. As with regular college applications, online admission requirements may vary by degree program. In general, though, application involves completing and submitting an online application form, a telephone interview, submission of official high school transcripts and proof of English proficiency. Depending on the values and mandate of the institution, admissions criteria can vary from the formulaic and objective to more subjective factors regarding the student's "fit" for the program, and requirements may include a personal statement of background and experiences, information provided by your high school counselor and possibly pastor or other church references (for faith-affiliated schools). An application fee (around $50) may or may not be required. Many online institutions have an open admissions policy and do not require ACT or SAT scores, while others do require them, such as online divisions at large campus-based universities or colleges. Some of the community and career online colleges require simply that you fill out a request for information form on their website in order to learn about the different program options (since they generally do not have print catalogs like other types of universities and colleges). You are then contacted by and admissions representative who will guide you through the application process. In this kind of application, you don't need to compile a whole application package or worry about deadlines for documents like you do at traditional universities and colleges. Many online institutions also have special admissions procedures for students in the military, and admission to bachelor's completion programs requires a prior associate's degree.

In terms of timing, this again depends on the kind of online institution you are applying to. Some have "online terms" like traditional universities beginning in September, and therefore they have specified application deadlines. Others have rolling admission, which means you can apply at any time. Often, the school will contact you at each stage of the process to request particular documentation from you.

No matter which way you apply, one thing that is not required but highly recommended is a talk with an institution's admissions counselor. Knowledge is power, so be sure to seek out the people and resources that can help you get as much information on your desired online colleges and programs before you apply.
 



Featured Schools

Matching School Ads
Full Sail University - Online
Push Your Creativity To The Next Level
Programs Offered:
  • Graphic Design, Bachelor of Science (Online)
  • Information Technology Bachelors- Online
  • Entertainment Business, Master of Science (Online)
  • And more...

 
Liberty University

100% Online & No Standardized Testing

Programs Offered:
  • Doctor of Education: Community Care & Counseling: Marriage & Family
  • Doctor of Ministry: Evangelism & Church Planting
  • M.Div: Homiletics
  • And more...

 
American InterContinental University Online

You’re serious about success. With your busy schedule and the desire to move your career forward, you can earn an accredited associate, bachelors or master’s degree at a pace that works for you anywhere, anytime, 24/7.

At AIU, the Serious U, you can get started to get ahead.

For important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended these programs, go to: www.aiuniv.edu/disclosures

Programs Offered:
  • Master's (M.Ed.) - Leadership of Educational Organizations
  • Bachelor of Accounting
  • Bachelor's (BSCJ) - Law Enforcement
  • And more...

 
University of Illinois at Chicago

Study for your graduate education with University of Illinois at Chicago.

Programs Offered:
  • Master of Science in Health Informatics

 
Trident University International

Trident University International provides an exceptional online educational experience for its students – diverse adult learners including current and former members of the military family.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Mgmt.
  • Educational Leadership (Ph.D.)
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • And more...

 
Northcentral University
  • Northcentral University was founded in 1996 to provide working professionals around the world with unprecedented access to richly engaging, professionally relevant, and academically-rigorous education from a U.S. university.
Programs Offered:
  • International Business - D.B.A.
  • Leadership in Higher Education - EdS
  • MS Organizational Leadership - Nonprofit Management
  • And more...

 
University of Alabama at Birmingham

The esteemed faculty of the Collat School of Business is comprised of seasoned professionals who consult for Fortune 500 companies and the Big 4 accounting firms. They channel their expertise to create evolved, flexible programs that make our institution celebrated among online business schools.

Programs Offered:
  • Master of Accounting

 
Platt College
Turn Your Passion Into A Career with Platt!
 
At Platt College, we encourage our students to follow their passions, wherever they may lie, to find a career they love. You’ll find a supportive learning environment and career-focused training designed to help you gain the knowledge and hands-on training you need to succeed. 
Programs Offered:
  • Business Management - Bachelor
  • Veterinary Technology Alternate Route - Certificate
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • And more...

 
Concordia University - Portland

Online Learning at Concordia University–Portland

Programs Offered:
  • M.Ed. In Curriculum and Instruction - Trauma and Resilience in Educational Settings
  • M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: The Inclusive Classroom
  • Higher Education (EDD)
  • And more...

 
Florida Tech

See What’s Possible When You Earn a Degree at Florida Tech 100% Online

Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Arts in Healthcare Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration/Management
  • Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice
  • And more...

 
Matching School Ads
  Universities and Colleges
Clarkson UniversityColorado School of MinesDalhousie University
Oral Roberts UniversityPenn State HarrisburgTemple University
The University of HoustonThompson Rivers UniversityUNB Saint John
University of AlabamaUniversity of ArkansasUniversity of British Columbia
University of IowaUniversity of New BrunswickUniversity of Ottawa
York University
Agriculture and Bio-resources | Allied Health and Health Sciences | Applied Business Technology | Architecture
Business Administration | Computer Science | Cosmetology and Esthetics | Culinary, Travel &Hospitality | Dance 
Engineering Technology & Applied Technology |Engineering | Film | Fine Arts and Design | Humanities and Liberal ArtsJustice and Security
Music
| Natural and Applied Sciences | Naturopathic and Holistic MedicineNursingPublic Administration & PolicyReligious and Theological Studies
Sport Sciences and Physical Education | Teacher Education | Theatre
Articles | College News | Videos | Feedback | Career Search
Home | About Us | Contact Us | Faq | Terms of Use | Privacy Notice | Site Map | Cities Site Map | California - Do Not Sell My Info

Copyright 2003- 2020 QuinStreet, Inc. All Rights Reserved.