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Admissions Overview

Applications for undergraduate are most commonly pursued just before graduating from high school or completing a GED. Applications can be tailored for a university program in a specific major, or simply for an exploratory path. The term undergraduate comes from the concept that applicants are university students but not degree holders, unlike graduate or postgraduate students.


Applying to an undergraduate program at most universities requires a fee to apply. The application itself usually consists of high school transcripts (or proof of a GED), a personal essay, and standardized test scores ( usually SAT and/or ACT). Certain degree programs, such as those in the performing arts, require applicants to schedule an audition and interview with faculty members.

How to Prepare for Undergraduate Admissions

The first step in the process is to determine which schools the applicant wants to apply to. This requires research into different universities and the programs they offer. 

Since university admissions are often limited, it’s important to find several that fit the applicant’s goals and needs and research the individual requirements each of them has for admission.

It’s important to place an emphasis on the personal essay in the application process since this offers applicants an opportunity to convey what they have to offer to admissions staff. Afterward, applicants should ensure that transcripts have been sent to the universities they’ve applied for and confirm that each school has received standardized test scores. 

If possible, applicants should reach out to the faculty involved in their desired degree program to express their interest in studying under them. If that degree program requires an audition or interview, schedule them as soon as possible and make arrangements for travel.


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Undergraduate Admissions Interview Questions

  • Is there anything you would change about your high school?
  • What do you like to do outside of the classroom?
  • What are your plans after obtaining a college degree?
  • What do you consider the most significant skills you developed in high school?
  • Do you have experience with leadership positions at school? What did you learn from them?
  • What are some academic, social, and personal goals you have set for your first year of college?

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