It will take time to fill in the application form, much due to the time spent on collecting information before being able to start completing the actual form. Typically, time consuming areas of the application form involve gathering information pertaining to family members, writing the short essay, confirm academic references, and complete the English and admission entrance tests. Below are examples of information you can expect to complete on an application form:
- Basic information (Full name, Home address, Date of Birth etc.)
- College and/or major of interest
- Entry term (when do you want to start studying?)
- Do you intend to apply for grants, scholarship, or other financial aid?
- Do you intend to live in the dorms (on-campus housing)?
- Your highest degree earned
- Demographic questions (citizenship, birthplace, first language etc.)
- Family information (mother, father, siblings, legal guardian details)
- Your education history
- Academics (class rank, sat, TOEFL, current classes)
- Essay (topics are typically provided, choose one and write approximately 250-500 words)
- Extracurricular activities and work experience
- Academic references, Secondary School Reports (SSR), Mid-Term Report
Today most applications are submitted online either via 1) the Common Application (www.commonapp.org), 2) the university's or college's main admission page, or 3) through the individual program's admission page. You will find clear instructions on how and when to submit your application on each institution's admission page.