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Beginner Level

Approx. 11 hours to complete

Suggested: 2-3 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
2 hours to complete

Starting the Journey to College

6 videos (Total 28 min), 7 readings, 2 quizzes
6 videos
How the US College System Works4m
Paying for College2m
Admission Rates Between Colleges6m
7 readings
How To Use This Course10m
Course Team10m
Guilt & Being First in the Family10m
Sticker Price vs. Net Price10m
Admissions 10110m
Common College Terms10m
College Survival Vocabulary Game10m
2 practice exercises
Thinking About "Why College?"4m
Basic Ideas About College14m
Week
2
6 hours to complete

Self-Assessment and Telling Your Story

5 videos (Total 40 min), 4 readings, 3 quizzes
5 videos
Having Honest Conversations About Family Expectations7m
Who Can You Talk To?8m
4 readings
The 5 I's: Identity, Intellect, Ideas, Interests, & Inspiration10m
The 4 C's: Culture, Curriculum, Community, & Conclusions10m
Selecting High School Classes to Prep for College10m
MOOC Research Survey (Optional)10m
1 practice exercise
Building Your Personal Statement: How Do I Spend My Time?6m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

Paying for College

6 videos (Total 41 min), 4 readings, 3 quizzes
6 videos
Student and Counselor Perspectives14m
Student Advice on Working and Paying for College9m
Learn About Raise.me1m
4 readings
Financial Aid Vocabulary10m
What is the FAFSA? and How to Pay for College10m
7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA10m
IRS Retrieval Tool10m
3 practice exercises
The Basics of Financial Aid12m
Understanding Net Prices with Pell Abacus6m
Start Early with Raise.Me to Earn Micro-scholarships6m
Week
4
2 hours to complete

Exploring College Campuses: What To Consider

8 videos (Total 37 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
8 videos
Swarthmore College1m
Temple University30s
Widener University1m
Ursinus College3m
Student Voices: Weighing Expenses, Family Preferences, and Location8m
3 readings
Making the Most of Campus Visits10m
How to Plan a College Visit10m
What Questions to Ask On Your Visit10m
2 practice exercises
Beginning the College Search30m
Using College Greenlight to Search for Colleges and Scholarships2m
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Top reviews from How to Apply to College

By VRDec 8th 2017

Highly recommended course if you are about to apply to college! It gives you a very good idea of how it all works, great advise and resources.

By RDJul 25th 2017

A good and comprehensive course. The instructors are expert in their fields and the additional resources are very relevant.

Instructors

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Eric J. Furda

Dean of Admissions
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Dr. Sean Vereen

President
Steppingstone Scholars, Inc.

About University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn) is a private university, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. A member of the Ivy League, Penn is the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, and considers itself to be the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies. ...

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • Yes! How to Apply to College is a free course. Enrolled learners have full access to all course materials, guides, tools, and graded exercises at no cost. Unlike other offerings, this course does not offer a certificate upon completion. But, learners who fulfill the course requirements will position themselves for success toward their goals for higher education.

  • A new session of How to Apply to College starts every 4 weeks on Monday with an enrollment period of 5 days.

  • While this course contains many useful lectures and resources, we recommend that non-U.S. learners also enroll in Applying to U.S. Universities. This course was created by the University of Pennsylvania and is offered on Coursera as a free course.

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