The following resources are provided to help guide you through the college application process.
Generally, admission into higher education in the United States is based on high school grades, college admissions tests such as the ACT and the SAT, letters of recommendation, and an application completed by the student.
Depending on your choice of school, you may be able to apply online using a web-based college application service.
If you are applying to several schools, you may choose to use a "universal" or "common" application form which you would fill out once and send to all of them. However, not all schools accept these applications. You should contact the admissions office of the schools you wish to attend for specifics regarding their application requirements.
Resource links regarding application to schools for degrees in computer science are as follows:
- "Computer School Accreditation" - Learn why it's important to your computer or IT education
- Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
- Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Technology (ACCSCT)
- Accrediting Commission of Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)
- Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)
- Computer Science Accreditation Council (CSAC)
- Computing Sciences Accreditation Board (CSAB)
- New England Association of Schools & Colleges, Inc. (NEASC)
- Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA)
- North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA)
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
- Western Association of Colleges and Schools (WASC)
- Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions - Computer/IT - Preparation for computer school admission essays
- Test Prep Review - Great source for free practice tests
- CampusTours.com - Very cool site that allows individuals to take virtual tours of campuses around the United States
- Mapping Your Future - Plenty of good resources to help you plan your college education
- National Association for College Admission Counseling - Steps to College - A host of resources on what to do to plan for college
- U.S. Department of Education - A good series of information is provided for individuals considering attending college
- 100 Successful College Application Essays - Examples of top notch college essays and tips on writing a stellar one yourself
- Answers to Common College Admissions Questions - Good advice offered by Quintessential Careers
- CollegePrep-101 - Step-by-step guide to the application process from Oklahoma State University
- The Common Application - Link to a standardized application form accepted by 255 selective colleges and universities
- How College Admission Works - Nice guide covering the ins and outs of the admissions process
- Quintessential Careers - "Writing the Successful College Application Essay" - Offers up valuable tips to help you write the best possible essay you can
- The Best College Admission Essays - 50 sample essays with tips on how to write a great essay
Choosing a Program
- Choosing a Computer School - Our brief guide to finding the computer school or program that suits your educational needs
- Choosing a College That's Right for You - Of note is an excellent list of criteria you can use to evaluate and weed out colleges
- "How to Choose the Right College for You" - Wonderful site prepared by the University of North Texas
- U.S. Department of Education - "How can my child go about choosing a college?" - Good article that presents several issues to consider when choosing a school
- Best 361 Colleges - Input from thousands of students contribute to this guide from the Princeton Review
- USNews.com - America's Best Colleges - Get the latest information on the top schools in the United States. Colleges are ranked by many variables (SAT/ACT Scores, graduation and acceptance rates, reputation, etc.).