How Do I Apply for Community Colleges Online?

Applying for admission to community colleges online can speed up and streamline the application process. Most community colleges host online applications on their college websites.

Community College Online Applications

The admission process to community colleges has become much simpler with the arrival of online applications. If you plan to apply for admission online, you can simplify the application process by compiling all the required information and documents ahead of time. The two types of applications available are described below:

  • Common Applications: This regulated application is typically created and managed by high school guidance counselor committees and college admission recruiters. The majority of national colleges and universities accept this application.
  • Specific College Applications: The other type of application accepted at community colleges is one that is specific to the applicant's desired college. Many colleges require these specific applications to be completed instead of the common application.

Important Facts About This Online Process

Information to Know Before Starting Social Security Number, High School Code
Possible Required Documents High School Transcript, Admission Test Scores, Letters of Recommendation, Personal Essay
Average Application Fee $35 to $50
Number of Colleges Accepting the Common Application Over 600 (private and public)

Sources: CollegeBoard, Common Application

The Application Process

When applying to any institution, be sure to set aside enough time to efficiently complete the application process before the deadline. Following the steps listed below may help you submit a quality application within a timely manner.

  • Navigate to the admissions web page and thoroughly read and understand the application process.
  • Print off guidelines so that each item can be checked off when completed.
  • Make sure your computer is capable of reading and editing portable document format (PDF) documents before completing the application.
  • Print out application samples and fill them out by hand, so that you know what your answers will be for each question before hand.
  • Prepare any required personal statements or essays in a separate Word document, and then copy and paste the material into the indicated online application section.
  • Have teachers and counselors complete any required sections in advance.
  • Review the application after completion to make sure all of your information is accurate, and the application is free of spelling, grammar and typing errors.

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