The decision to enter graduate school is an exciting step forward for many people. A graduate degree can help propel their lives forward, opening doors to new careers or advancements within their chosen fields. For many students, however, the decision can also feel nerve wracking and a little overwhelming.
For adults returning to school, earning a graduate degree will be a far different experience than their undergraduate studies. You likely have a number of competing priorities and responsibilities that you need to consider as you pursue your studies. For many students, online school, like our ACU online program, can be an excellent option to help you fit your classes into the rest of your schedule.
Once you have browsed the available programs at ACU and the time arrives to take the next step, we have a department full of people ready to help you with the ACU admissions process so that you can learn how you can make a graduate-level education fit your life. If you are ready to take the leap, these options will get you get started:
Register for a Open House Webinar
Our virtual open houses run as a regular online webinar. Just like your online classes, you will be able to log in and participate in the webinar wherever you have an internet connection.
During the virtual open house, you will learn more about the ACU experience and the advantages that students have at their fingertips. We will cover topics such as balancing your responsibilities in work, life, and your community. We will also go more in depth about our programs, so you can see how well they will fit your needs.
You will have the opportunity to hear from our current faculty and students about their experience at the university. You will also have the chance to ask questions of your own.
Speak with a counselor
In addition to our virtual open house, you can also reach out to one of our admission counselors for additional information. These counselors have training and experience in helping prospective graduate students navigate the process of going back to school. They want to help you get the most out of your education.
As you begin the process of investigating available graduate school programs, they can offer advice and information about the admissions process and requirements. Any questions that arise throughout the process can be directed towards them and they will be happy to help you find the answers you seek.
Research and apply for financial aid
For any student interested in attending a school of higher learning, cost remains a pressing concern. For most people, degrees will be very difficult to pay out-of-pocket. That is why our dedicated financial aid office helps prospective students research the various grants and student loan options available and understand all their options. Through this careful research, our students can find the option that will work best for them.
Financial aid can come in many different forms. Our financial aid center staff will help you understand what you may qualify for, how particular loans will need to be paid back, and how that will impact your post-degree life. They will then guide you through the application process, so you feel prepared to fund your graduate degree.
Entering graduate school is an exciting time for many students, but you also likely have many concerns and questions. Working with ACU to learn about our admissions process and participating in our benefits, such as the virtual open house, speaking with an admissions counselor, and researching financial aid, will help you feel more comfortable with the process and ready to take on your new goals.
For more information about ACU programs and our online admissions process, please visit our admissions page. We look forward to learning more about you and your goals.