Applying to college can be overwhelming. There are many aspects to consider when applying for college, like the school’s location, size, degrees and programs offered, financial aid packages, and instructional delivery options. Feeling a little uneasy about the process is completely normal. Not to worry, though! Northern Pennsylvania Regional College is here to guide you through the process of applying to our College.
NPRC is an open admission institution. Meaning the only criteria for admission is a high school diploma or GED. Standardized test scores like the SAT and ACT are not required. Admission is open to any individual who is prepared to study at the two-year college level. The application can be found online and can be accessed by clicking on the “Apply Now” button in the top right corner of the home page. After clicking here, the website will direct you to our free online application.
Before beginning the application process, it is important for you to locate and use a secure computer or tablet and ensure there is a consistent Wi-Fi connection when beginning the application. When you are ready to begin the online application, it will be necessary to create an account to track progress on your submitted application. Make sure you are keeping track of usernames and passwords for the online application process; this can help you with being able to access the application again quickly.
Here are some more tips to help you with the application process given by our experts – Student Engagement Specialists:
- Gather Your Personal Information – When filling out an application, you will need to gather your basic information such as your phone number, mailing address, email address, social security number, your high school’s name and address, your high school grade point average, the name and address of any previous institution you were enrolled at, the major or degree you are interested in pursuing, and your preferred method of contact. Lastly, the submission of official transcripts from high school and any previous college you’ve attended is also an essential part of the application process. These transcripts should be sent directly from your high school or college to the registrar at NPRC.
- Apply on Time – Applicants to any higher education institution must be aware of application deadlines. While students can apply to NPRC at any time, meeting deadlines are necessary for semester and course registration, as well as for financial aid applications and awards. For new students, it is important to understand the entire process of applying can take time. Because of this, applying as early as possible can help ensure that you can enroll and start their journey at NPRC in the semester that works best for you. Checking our website for the academic calendar will help you know when each semester starts and other important dates throughout the academic and calendar year.
- Answer Questions Thoroughly and Honestly – When filling out the application, be mindful of answering the application questions thoroughly and honestly. Checking the application for typos and misspellings, especially in the used email address and phone number sections, will help to make sure our admissions team has the resources necessary to follow up with you about the status of the application and what steps are next. At NPRC, our Student Engagement Specialists will be prepared to assist with application questions and next steps, including making decisions on degree paths and class selection.
- Remain Patient – Remaining patient is sometimes easier said than done. However, it is important because applying to college involves many moving parts and is not something that is done regularly. It is a process that involves gathering personal information, filling out an application, waiting for correspondence from your high school regarding transcripts, and hearing from NPRC regarding the status of the application. It is important to remember that everyone is doing their part to make sure you can become an NPRC student someday regardless of if you are fresh out of high school or are returning to the classroom after some time away. Recognizing these changes do not normally happen overnight, staying patient with all the people and processes involved in the application process can help to make this experience of applying to NPRC a positive one for you.
After receiving official transcripts and completing your application, you will be notified that you are fully accepted at Northern Pennsylvania Regional College and ready to enroll in courses, but let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves!
Applying to NPRC we hope will be simple and painless for. If there are questions or concerns, our Student Engagement Specialists and Admissions team members are available to assist you in every step of the way.