A recent article in the Omaha World Herald indicated that in an effort to recruit new students in a stiffly competitive market, colleges such as the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Doane College and Iowa State University have either dropped or plan to drop their requirement of waiting until official high school transcripts and standardized test scores arrive before accepting an applicant.
Although the streamlined process might be new for some colleges, at Mid-Plains Community College it has been standard procedure for more than a decade. According to Michael Driskell, Area Recruiter, MPCC's admissions process can be summed up in one word – easy.
"To apply and be accepted to MPCC, all an individual has to do is submit an application," he said. "We have a one-page, front and back application form that takes about five or ten minutes to fill out. Once we receive the application, the admissions process usually takes just a few days."
Driskell said that individuals who apply will receive an acceptance letter from the college that spells out the requirements necessary to complete the enrollment process, as well as the name and contact information for their recruiter and other important information and phone numbers.
"Although we will need their transcripts, test scores and other requirements within their first semester, individuals are allowed to enroll and begin classes before all those requirements are in," he said, adding, "We will offer support and assistance throughout the entire process to ensure a successful enrollment and a good start for our students."
Driskell noted that acceptance to MPCC does not necessarily mean acceptance into the various programs the college offers, such as the nursing program. He also said that high school students who have taken dual-credit courses through MPCC will need to fill out an Application for Admission if they wish to continue their post-secondary education at the college.