Online colleges and universities are going to have different admission requirements for their IT programs. However, there are a few standard items that are part of almost every admission process.
Most online programs have a lower GPA requirement of 2.0, but some require a 3.0 GPA. This is an important consideration when choosing which online programs to apply for.
ACT or SAT Score
ACT (American College Test) and SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) exams are entrance tests that give colleges and universities standardized test scores to determine what you know. It used to be that students would take the SAT if they were considering east or west coast colleges and the ACT for midwest and southern colleges. However, it is becoming increasingly popular for students to take both tests and submit them together to their preferred schools.
As you prepare to submit your application to an online IT program, check out your school’s minimum score requirements as well as its preferred test.
If you are considering attending an accelerated online IT degree, your program may offer course credits for any relevant work experience you have in the IT field. This option is usually for working professionals who are returning to school to earn their IT degrees. To submit your work experience, you should provide a detailed work history as a resume or a CV.
Letters of recommendation
Often, online IT programs will require recommendation letters as part of their admission requirements. These letters should come from current or former employers or academic advisors, people who have knowledge of your skills, accomplishments, work ethic, and desire to grow and learn.
Personal Essay or Statement
Personal essays or statements are common admission requirements, regardless of the school or program. The purpose of this information is to give you the opportunity to let a school know more about you. There is some common information that schools ask for in an essay or statement, including:
- Academic experience
- Work history
- Personal characteristics
- Research interests
- And more
Additionally, some schools may ask prospective students to write an essay response to a general prompt while other schools ask for short essay-like answers to a variety of questions. Ensure you know which option a school requires before you submit your admission application.