The first step in selecting a school for your continuing education is to know what's important to you. While everyone's priorities may be different, consider the following when making your choice.
- Quality of faculty
- Size of student body
- Ratio of faculty to students
- Individual or group project work and discussions
- Availability of online courses
- Teaching methods (case study, lecture)
- Core and elective course offerings
- Library, computer labs, and facilities
- Job placement rate and recruitment opportunities
- Visit the school website. Review programs offered. Download a course catalog, or request one be mailed to you.
- Schedule an appointment with a college counselor to discuss courses or program direction.
- Verify that class times will fit your schedule.
- If you plan to transfer in the future, check which colleges will accept earned credits from this school.
- Review costs and determine availability of student financial aid for courses of interest.
- Submit course selection and application; complete enrollment process.
To attend full time, or to take certain classes, you must:
- Complete the application process
- Submit transcripts.
- Be officially accepted into a program of study leading toward a certificate or degree.
Full-time students are usually required to take a course load of at least 12 credit hours a semester.
For part-time study, in many cases, no application is required. It's possible to take courses for credit but not yet pursue a degree.
To pursue a bachelor's degree, you must apply to the school and be accepted into a degree program.