University admission or college admission is the process through which students enter tertiary education at universities and colleges. Systems vary widely from country to country, and sometimes from institution to institution.
In many countries, prospective university students apply for admission during their last year of high school or community college. In some countries, there are independent organizations or government agencies to centralize the administration of standardized admission exams and the processing of applications.
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In the United States refers to the process of applying for entrance to institutions of higher education for undergraduate study at one of the nation's 2,675 four-year nonprofit schools. Generally, the college search begins in the student's junior year of high school with most activity taking place during the senior year, although students at top high schools often begin the process during their sophomore year. In addition, there are considerable numbers of college students who transfer, as well as adults older than high school age who apply to college.
In the United Kingdom (with the exception of The Open University) share an undergraduate admission system which is operated by UCAS. Applications must be made by 15 October for admissions to Oxford and Cambridge (and medicine, dentistry and veterinary science courses) and by 15 January for admissions to other UK universities.
Many universities now operate the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) and all universities in Scotland use the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) enabling easier transfer between courses and institutions.
One-half of universities have lost confidence in the grades that are awarded by secondary schools, and require many applicants to sit for a competitive entrance examination. According to the Schools Minister, “strong evidence has been emerging of grade inflation across subjects” in recent years.
Admission to the College of Europe is highly competitive. Application may be made to national selection committees or by direct application to the College of Europe for individuals from a country where no selection committee exists. There are currently 28 national selection committees.
The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) is the primary criterion for entry into most undergraduate-entry university programs in Australia. It was gradually introduced during 2009 and 2010 to replace the Universities Admission Index, Equivalent National Tertiary Entrance Rank and Tertiary Entrance Rank. However, it is not used in Queensland which retains its Overall Position system.
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1. Choose your programme of study
2. Check the selection criteria
3. Check the application deadlines
4. Decide if you have a college preference
5. Explore possible funding opportunities
6. Collect together supporting materials
How to Choose Your Program
As you begin to wrap up your last year of high school and start to make some key decisions for your future education, choosing a major can be a difficult decision. Everyone is different. You may know exactly what you want to do with the rest of your life and how you are going to get there. But others may have no clue!
And that's okay! Don't worry! You are not alone. You're parents, friends or teachers may be pressuring you to make a decision, but be assured...you don't need to make a final decision now.
New experiences, academic and career investigation, and testing the waters are all valuable parts of a university education. Prior to coming to university, the only course subjects you have experienced are those taught in high school. Most high schools teach the traditional core subjects necessary for a high school diploma, but not a huge variety of subjects similar to what is available at a university. Most students have never experienced Sociology, Women’s Studies, Forestry, Outdoor Recreation, Business, Indigenous Learning, or Social Work. How are you supposed to choose a program without ever having the opportunity to get a taste of these different subjects? This is why all programs have electives so you can do some investigation of different subjects during your first and second years.
When you do choose a program, take heart – it is not set in stone! The average student across North America will change their program three times and then change careers several times during their lives. Many parents, funding agencies, and students themselves are searching for a concrete decision to be made up front at the beginning of the university experience. That will limit your university education and your university experience. The whole reason for a university education is so that you will experience new ways of thinking about and experiencing the world. Why would you want to limit your experiences from day one?
What is a Program Major?
• A major is a concentration of courses that will focus and shape your academic, intellectual and developmental experiences.
• A major should interest and excite you.
• A major will be one third to three quarters of your total coursework depending on which major you choose.
• A major is only one piece of the educational puzzle.
• A major does not necessarily define your career path!
Choosing a Program?
• If you are looking for a program that will allow you to enter directly into a specific career after graduation, our Professional programs like Engineering, Social Work, Nursing, and Education will allow you to do so.
• Talk to faculty, friends, family and other students about their careers and major choices.
• Evaluate your skills. How well do they match your interests?
• Narrow down your choices by doing research into different areas.
• If you are undecided but you know you want Humanities (English, History, Philosophy), apply to a Humanities program and see if you like it. There are more than enough options for electives built into the first and second years that you can change your mind later.
• If you know you want to be in Science but are unsure which specific major, use your first year electives to try out your options to help you figure it out.
• If you are not sure whether to apply for a 3-year BA or a 4-year HBA, apply to the 4-year HBA as you can always go down, but you may not be able to switch up.
Does My Major Decide My Profession?
Sometimes. If you are entering into Nursing, Engineering, Social Work, or Education you will be eligible for direct entry into a profession.
Sometimes not! If you are a Sociology major you are being prepared for everything and nothing. How many professional Sociologists do you know? But, it is a very popular major! Investigate different career options and find out the educational background of people already in those positions. You'll realize that an undergraduate education gives you the skills to do so much!
Don’t stress out! There are hundreds of combinations of majors available at the university. This is a good thing- you have options! Do some investigation and if you need to change your program major then visit the Office of Academic Advising and talk to the advisors about the options available to you.