Your application portal is often the first point of contact a student has with your college. To that end a clear, concise and well laid out process is integral to attracting applicants and that starts with your application form. You may be using a paper form or requesting applicants to apply via email. This will feel outdated to your potential students and it is much more convenient for them, and your administration team, to move your form online. This also ensures you can request all documentation you need and not have to chase your applicant for more information at a later date.
So what makes a good online application form?
In a world where most of us use our smartphones or devices to fill out online forms, consider simplifying your application form. Asking for too much information can frustrate the applicant, especially if the information seems unnecessary.
Your college knows the profile of the students you hope to attract so build your application form to suit this profile. Why ask for details of past work experience if the work is not relevant to the course? Providing too many fields on your form can also result in the applicant providing superfluous information that you do not need and then have to sift through.
Applicants will use different kinds of file formats to upload their documents. It is vital then that your online application form is robust enough to allow for uploads of all file types. PAC Apply converts all files uploaded to Pdf for the convenience of your administrators.
You may allow applicants to apply to more than one course at a time. The applicant does not want to answer the same basic questions twice over. PAC Apply’s custom drag and drop form builder allows answers to questions such as address and phone number to be carried over to multiple applications.
A clear and concise application form ensures that your admissions offices gets all the information they require and nothing extraneous.