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How Your Enrollment Advisor Can Help You Submit a Stronger Application

June 20, 2024

Whether you’re applying to an undergraduate or graduate program, the process can pose challenges. You may be uncertain about whether you meet a program’s qualifications or how to frame your past experiences to optimize your chances for admission. A reliable source of information would be helpful, especially one you could speak to one-on-one.

Fortunately, help is available. Enrollment advisors at Merrimack College can help you decide which online program to choose, guide you through the application process, and even assist you in preparing for your first semester. They can support you from the moment you express interest until the day you start classes. Continue reading to learn how.

What is an Enrollment Advisor?

Enrollment advisors (EAs) play an essential role in guiding prospective students through the application and enrollment processes for Merrimack’s online programs. EAs know the ins and outs of Merrimack’s varied program admission requirements, curricula, and learning outcomes, so they can help you make informed decisions about your academic options. They can also assist you in compiling a robust application that spotlights your strengths. Many successful undergraduate- and graduate-level candidates work with EAs throughout the application process.

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How an Enrollment Advisor Can Support You 

An enrollment advisor provides direct support throughout the application process. EAs can offer guidance on Merrimack’s admission requirements and help ensure you submit all necessary materials. They can also help you navigate the application portal. Below, we’ve summarized how an EA can make your application process more manageable, by:

Answering Your Questions 

Your EA can answer any questions about available academic options or the application process. EAs are experts on the programs they serve and can provide prospective students with insight into program curricula, concentration options, and potential career outcomes. 

EAs provide individualized guidance. They will work to understand your background and career aspirations so they can help you determine which program aligns with your goals. Your EA can also counsel you on how best to complete your application.  

Tailoring Your Application to Your Strengths

Merrimack’s online programs typically require prospective students to submit the following application materials

  • Online application.
  • Resume.
  • Personal statement or interview.
  • A reference or letter of recommendation.
  • Academic transcripts.

Your EA will work directly with you to ensure you have all the required materials and submit the strongest possible application. These experts on what the admission team seeks can advise you on how to highlight your strengths and experience. They can also guide you on who to ask for your reference or letter of recommendation and help you decide whether to submit a personal statement or attend an interview with the program director. If you have any questions about the application components or review process, your EA is your first point of contact. 

Creating an Application Timeline 

Applying to a bachelor’s completion program or graduate school requires time and effort, and compiling the required documents can be a challenge. An EA can help you create a timeline for completing the application and monitor your progress so you stay on track. If you are admitted to the program, your EA will also help you get ready for your first semester and will provide guidance on preparing for academic success. 

Offering Financial Aid and Scholarship Insight

Many students use scholarships or financial aid to help pay for their degree. Navigating the complexities of financial aid eligibility and scholarships can be challenging. Scholarships can be awarded based on factors such as academic excellence, affiliation with certain groups, or financial need. Federal student aid is available to U.S. students who meet the eligibility requirements and is awarded based on financial need. Enrollment advisors can guide students to available resources so they can make informed decisions about their funding options.

Take the Next Step: Schedule a Merrimack College Application Walkthrough

Applying to an academic program is an exciting process, but the application process can sometimes feel overwhelming. Help is available, so take advantage of the opportunity! Connecting with an EA can help you identify online programs that align with your career goals, enabling you to make a choice that sets you on a path to success. Once you pick your ideal program, your EA will confirm your eligibility and guide you through the application process to help you submit a compelling application. 

If you’re ready to take the next step, don’t hesitate to schedule a one-on-one application walkthrough with an enrollment advisor today. 

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