Should you apply to college online or with a hard-copy application?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Jerome Cole, Director of College Counseling at the Edmund Burke School in Washington D.C., discusses if you should apply for college online or submit a hard copy application.

    Jerome A. Cole, MA

    Jerome A. Cole, M.A., is the Director of College Counseling for the Edmund Burke school in Washington, D.C. and the founder of Cole Educational Consulting Services (Cole ECS.) He has worked with students and families for over seven years to help them plan and strategize for college. As a college counselor at Burke, an independent college preparatory high school founded in 1968, Mr. Cole oversees a program that is designed to support students and families as they go through the selection and admission process for college. Mr. Cole advises over 100 students each year in a small academically challenging environment where every senior is expected to apply to and enroll in college. Prior to Burke, he was a school counselor at Bethesda-Chevy Chase high school in Montgomery County, Maryland. He has successfully counseled hundreds of students and helped them prepare for admission to a variety of schools such as: American University, Clark-Atlanta University, Davidson College, George Washington University, Harvard University, Pitzer College, Stanford University, Temple University, and the University of Maryland at College Park, to highlight just a few. He established the consulting firm Cole ECS to provide students and families with the necessary information and support to make the best choice for college. Cole ECS defines the best choice as the optimal learning and social environment to ensure a student’s holistic success, culminating in on-time or early graduation and desirable post-graduate options. Mr. Cole earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Catholic University, and then went on to obtain a Master of Arts in Education and Human Development from George Washington University. He is certified as a school counselor and is a member of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC).

    Host: Should you apply online or submit a hard copy application?

    Jerome Cole: In most cases that s going to be left up to the students to choose, if you are not sure, you can always pick up the telephone, call the college or university, ask to speak to the admissions folk and ask which one is preferred. I would say that from the college s perspective, they will prefer to get an online just because it s easier to process. Ultimately, regardless of what format you submitted in, it s going to end up in some sort of an electronic database. So, from their perspective, just in terms of expediency and efficiency, I think they prefer to see it online even though when you ask them, though in most cases they will leave that up to you, they will leave that up to the student.

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