Graduating Spring 2016? Here’s What To Do Next…
If you are finishing your degree at NOVA with the classes you will complete in the Spring 2016 semester, congratulations on seeing the finish line in sight. You are probably wondering what to do next. Here are some pointers:
- It is recommended that you consult with your faculty advisor or counselor to be sure you have registered for the classes that will result in the awarding of your degree.
- Be sure to apply for graduation—For spring that deadline is March 1, but there is no point in waiting. Go ahead and apply to graduate once you have registered for the classes that will complete your degree.
- Identify the colleges you will apply to. It is good to apply to a backup choice in addition to filing an application to the college you most want to attend.
- Complete application, typically online and found under the admission link on the college website. Typically, the best time to file a transfer application for fall semester transfer is after January 1 but before the application deadline of the college/program. Check to see if the program you are applying for has any special application processes or an advance deadline.
- Complete application for residency determination, particularly if you believe you may qualify for in-state tuition.
- Send official transcript. Note that you will typically need to send your transcript at least three times in the transfer application process: once when filing the initial application, once after grades from the current semester have posted, and finally once the transcript reflects “Degree Awarded,” a process that takes 4-6 weeks after the exam period.
- Pay application fee—varies by college, but typically $50 or more.
- Many colleges ask you to write an essay or essays as part of the application process. It may be a good idea to ask someone in the PIER (Tutoring Center) to review essays for grammar and completeness.
- Some colleges ask that you send your high school transcript, even if you are obtaining an associate degree. Read the application directions about this carefully and respond accordingly.
- Some colleges ask that SAT scores be provided, though some colleges waive this under certain circumstances. Please read the application directions carefully and respond accordingly.
- Some colleges, particularly those who use The Common Application may require a “College Official’s Report” to be completed. This form requires students to complete an “Enrollment Verification Request” at the Student Services Center and will be routed to the Dean of Students for his signature. Be sure to allow processing time of 7-10 business days so that this form will be received by the college’s application deadline.
- Send transcripts from any other colleges where credits were earned. Additionally, if AP, IB, CLEP or any other non-traditional forms of credit have been earned, send official transcripts from each source. These transcripts may take longer to arrive at the universities, so request these early.
- If the college requires a letter of intent/interest and you are applying under the terms of the guaranteed admission agreement, please send this. Some of these forms will require the signature of a counselor, while others are simply submitted online.
Though not required to apply for admission, be aware that priority financial aid application deadlines at many bachelor degree-granting colleges tends to be early, often around March 1.
Provided by Douglas E. Rhoney, NOVA Counselor/Instructor