Univ. of Iowa Creates Faster Application Process
Addison Speck, Reporter
IOWA CITY, Iowa- Applying to the University of Iowa will soon be easier and results will come faster. About 42 thousand applications pour into the U of I every year. But the long waiting process for students to find out if their accepted, will soon be history. "Time is kind of the main factor in getting ready for college," said Ashley Lorsung.
Lorsung and her brother Jonah sat in the University of Iowa admission office on Wednesday. Jonah is hoping to be an acting student. The new changes won’t be in place in time for Jonah but for others hoping to walk the U-I campus in years to come, the waiting game is over.
The 4 to 6 weeks it used to take to find out if you've been admitted to the U of I will soon be just 48 hours. "The University of Iowa is going to allow students to self-report their high school courses, class rank if they have one, their grade point average and their test scores," said Michael Barron, Assistant Provost for Enrollment and Executive Director of Admissions.
The new application process means Freshman students don't initially have to send in all the transcripts and ACT scores. It's something that could help prospective students on a tight deadline. "Especially since I am cutting it pretty close to the deadline of housing and application, that would be nice actually," said Jonah Lorsung.
Students who pass the initial 48-hour screening will eventually need to provide the required documents before officially being accepted. "Other universities that we know that have used this system have found that students are incredibly honest and provide accurate information," said Barron.
The new process will cut down on paper in the admission office and across high schools nation-wide. Most importantly, with a speedy response, it gives students more time to make their best educational decision. "I'm thinking back to when I applied and it's got to be so much more convenient for students to make plans and it seems like everything is a real crunch right at the end," said Ashley Lorsung.
The new applications process will go into effect for students starting in summer of 2013 and beyond. Deferred applicants will have the chance to submit a personal statement and an official transcript for second review. The change only applies to first year- freshman applicants who are U.S. Citizens or permanent residents.
For more information you can visit their website: http://admissions.uiowa.edu/
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