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How to Apply to the Bachelor of Professional Studies Program

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We know that deciding to go back to college can be daunting. If it’s been a while since you last attended college, you may be unfamiliar with the application process, how to get your transcripts, and what costs are associated with the application process.

At the School of Professional Studies, we try to make it as easy as possible for prospective students to apply. Our application can be found online, but if you’d rather have someone help you complete the application, feel free to attend our open house on April 27, 2019, or set up an appointment with our admissions counselor.

The Application Process

If you’re ready to apply, head to our website and find the apply tab in the right-hand corner of the website. When you click it, you will be taken to our online application portal.

How to Apply to College

1. First, you’ll need to sign up for an account. All you need is an email address.

2. After you sign up for your account, check your email to confirm that you are a real person. Then, you’ll need to set a password.

3. Now that we know a human is applying for one of our programs, you’re ready to start filling out the application.

4. Use the link in your email to log back into the application site and start the application for the School of Professional Studies

5. Select which type of student you are (first time adult student with no college credit, readmit from the College of Charleston, or a transfer student, which means you have some college credits).

Apply as a transfer student to the college of charleston

6. Now, select the term for which you would like to apply.

7. Once you complete these preliminary questions, you’ll need to complete each section of the application. The application sections are as follows:

  • About the School of Professional Studies – This section dives into how the School of Professional Studies meets the needs of adult learners in the community. You’ll want to read through this section carefully to make sure that you meet the application requirements.
  • Honor Code Compliance – In this section, you will need to certify that all information provided in this application is correct and complete.
  • Personal and Contact Information – Here you will enter your personal information and be asked a few questions about your residency. You may also enter optional demographic data.
  • Military and Citizenship Questions – The College of Charleston and the School of Professional Studies offers services specifically for veterans, military personnel and their dependents. Please complete this section accurately so we can send you information about services and opportunities if applicable.
  • Education and Employment – In this section, you’ll want to enter every school that you have attended to ensure that you receive the maximum number of transfer credits. You’ll also have the opportunity to upload your transcripts or let the College know that your previous school will be sending those over.
  • Testing – If you earned fewer than 24 college credit hours, you must submit either an SAT or ACT score electronically and directly from the testing agency. More information on this is in the final section of this blog post. 
  • Personal Statement – The personal statement is important to help the admissions team determine if you are a qualified fit for admission to the School of Professional Studies. In this section, you’ll want to craft an essay that explores your educational background, previous academic challenges, and explanations for any gaps in attendance. In addition, you should discuss future goals and strategies for academic success.
  • Emergency Contact – Please list the person you would like to contact in case of an emergency.
  • College Affiliations – In this section, please list any family members who have attended the College of Charleston. If there are none, please leave this section blank.
  • Anti-discrimination and Disciplinary Information – Please enter any information about convictions or criminal charges pending against you. If you select “yes” for any of the questions, the College will request more information and it may prompt a background check. You do have the opportunity to explain your answers and submit any supporting documents in this application.

8. When you have completed all parts of the application, review your application.

Application progress for online adult students

9. If you need to complete any required fields, this is the time to go back and do so. The graph on the right side of the screen will help you reach application completion.

10. Submit your application!

How to Send your College Transcripts

Finding your transcripts can sometimes be more challenging than it should. Which campus department houses transcripts? Does it cost money? How will I know if my transcript will make it to the right person?

The first thing you need to know is where to find your transcript. If your previous schools have a Registrar’s office – and most do – that is where your transcript will live.

Now that you know where to find your transcript, you need to know how to get it. The College has a standard Transcript Request Form that you can mail to each college that you have previously attended. Just fill out this form and mail it to the Registrar at your previous school. Many schools now have electronic transcript request forms, so you might want to visit the office of the registrar’s website before mailing them a Transcript Request Form to expedite the process.

If you have fewer than 24 credit hours, you’ll need to submit your high school transcript. This can usually be done by calling the main office of the high school that you attended.

What are the Associated Costs

Most colleges have a small admission fee, but if that is a barrier to applying, you can often request a waiver. Psst. The School of Professional Studies application typically doesn’t have a fee!

Other associated fees, like requesting transcripts and test scores, often cannot be waived.

Transcript fees vary based on the institution, but typically range between $10-$25. If you’re in a hurry to get your transcript, you might have to pay a little more to get that expedited, sometimes up to $50.

If you’ve completed fewer than 24 college credit hours and need to send your SAT or ACT scores, you’ll need to contact those sites directly. If you’ve taken the SAT or ACT recently, you can log into your online account and have the scores sent to the College, but if it’s been a while, you will need to request your score report by mail using this request form or by phone (866.756.7346). Archived SAT score reports are currently $31.

To request your ACT score, you can sign in to your online account, order by phone (319.337.1270), or request your score by mail by sending a letter of request that includes personal information found here. The fee ranges from $13-$38.