MSCE Application Process

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Hello, this is Trish Plutz, I’m an advisor for the

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Online Master of Science in Civil Engineering Program. Thank you for joining us today.

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This webinar is designed to help applicants with the application process and know the qualifications

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And help you guide you through our application.

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Thank you again, for joining us and we will be

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having question and answer at the end. You can also type in your questions as we go through the

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webinar and

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we will go through the questions and answer them in the order they were received.

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So just,

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briefly, we’ll go through who are qualified applicants,

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what documents you will need, and how to submit your application with your fee.

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As far as the online program

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qualifications, well-qualified

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applicants will have a Bachelor of Science and civil engineering from an ABET accredited program, a

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minimum of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

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in a cumulative of undergrad GPA and there are other

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caveats of people who can be accepted to the program which we’ll discuss now.

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Applicants

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who may not have

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Bachelors in Civil Engineering

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can review this

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list of other

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pathways or additional pathways to acceptance. There are a lot of folks to apply to the program who have a

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closely related

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degree background or

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relevant work experience

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and I encourage you to read through these different

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scenarios to see if you may be eligible.

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But what I also encourage you to do is call in and talk with your advisor and we can do

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pre-qualification for you with your resume and transcripts. So if you do feel like you have

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suitable qualifications and a background that maybe make you eligible. Please work with your advisor.

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All right, as far as our application materials it’s fairly simple.

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We would need your transcripts from all the schools you previously attended and that would include community colleges.

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We can

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accept unofficial

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transcripts that you upload yourself, but we would need your official transcripts

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before the end of the first semester in order to register for the second semester.

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So I always encourage students to go ahead and request their

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transcripts and e-transcripts are considered official. They’re usually cheaper and faster and if you go on to

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Google and Google your school name and transcript request

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it’ll pull you up to your school’s page and you can have them sent to us directly

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electronically.

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The resume, it would be an up-to-date resume,

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detailing your work roles and responsibilities. And of course we would want you to highlight

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any

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internships or things that you’ve done, you know as an undergrad in the civil engineering

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category.

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And always do try to send an updated resume.

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I have a lot of applicants who send me resumes without their latest job on there and it’s always

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important to see you know where you’re working currently.

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Your personal statement, will be detailed in a later side.

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But, usually it’s one or two pages and we really want to know a little bit more about your educational and work background.

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What you’re hoping to achieve with your degree and why you think our program is a good fit for you?

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Letters of

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recommendations, can come from professional references.

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They don’t necessarily have to be academic references unless you’ve recently graduated.

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Usually it’s best to have a current or past work supervisor or

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colleague engineers who have worked with you on a team and that would be suitable

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recommendation. What I want to add here regarding recommendations

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is that it is a seamless process when you enter your recommenders names and email addresses in your application .

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They will get sent a request for their letter of recommendation from our graduate college.

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So what you would want to do is tell your recommenders to,

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after you ask them for their letters,

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just tell them they’ll be receiving an

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email and they just click through that email and fill out a short form and add their comments or upload their

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letter there. So it’s really easy for you and for your recommenders and last but not least your application fee is

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$50 and we always ask that you don’t submit your application until you’re certain of the term that you are

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starting. If you’re kind of on the cusp and are not sure just wait to submit your applications so

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you don’t have to change it at the end.

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Which means you have to go through another process, so it’s easier for you

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And then also check on the program code which we will mention later on as well. And here is the link to start your application

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within this presentation.

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Now when you start your application you’re going to be

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selecting from the following,

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pick list and what you do want to pick is a degree seeking applicant

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and

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then when you get into that application you want to make sure

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that you are checking those boxes and I just highlighted this because it is

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really difficult

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to get through the application is very long-winded

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as it were so I just wanted to make sure I highlighted these two areas for you.

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And

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you would be selecting at this point that apply online.

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So that’s the section that you would go to next

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And this is the area when you will be adding your application materials; you’ll upload your resume,

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you will also upload your personal statement of goals, and

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any references that you may have. And if for example

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there’s any issue at all with uploading documents

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please know that I can upload those for you or your advisor can do that. If you’d simply email us your

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documents and we would be able to do that for you.

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As far as your resume again,

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just going through making sure it’s current and up-to-date.

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And it’s just very standard your listing of positions and time frames.

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Make sure you include your education on there.

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Just clear and concise work history. I know we all have

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resumes out there

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But just know that this is something that your professors,

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who are looking at this to accept you into the program, are looking for your work history, the type of work that you’re doing, and

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your capabilities.

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So just think about that when you’re

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revising your resume.

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And then as far as the personal statement,

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here’s some clearer guidelines and it’s just mainly just remembering to put your name at the top of the page. And

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the essay should be two to four pages,

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double-spaced, and

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as we had mentioned before, it should start with an educational section.

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Talking about your undergrad studies and then graduate studies you may have completed.

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This is a

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time if your grades were not fabulous to kind of highlight what may have made things come off the tracks.

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Don’t go into huge detail, but do let us know if there was some extenuating

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circumstances. Also, you should cover your professional work experience

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and if your degree is not in engineering

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just really highlight any areas or aspects of your

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occupation that do relate to engineering. And that would be helpful information for our committee when they’re reviewing your application.

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And then

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just go ahead and talk about your career goals and how you think this program would help you achieve your goals.

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This is where your due diligence and doing research on the programs that are available,

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looking at the different programs that you are considering and making a

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determination, and highlighting here in this section of your goal statement or personal statement.

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Why you think our program is going to be a good fit for you? What competencies you hope to

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achieve from our program and how you think that we’re going to help or strengthen that.

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And then when you’re doing your request for transcripts,

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we do require, as I said, that in the end of your official transcripts, you can upload your

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unofficial transcripts for review purposes

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but if you’re going to go through the application process, you might have might as well request those transcripts at the

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beginning and have them loaded into your applications. So you’re not

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fumbling around and trying to get that done in the eleventh hour

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and

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Then as they say here in a sealed envelope, but in the New Age who are doing everything

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electronically and I strongly recommend you do things electronically

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because it’s quicker and cheaper and it’s seamless. It’s easy for you to do, in just a couple of clicks and

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any

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undergrad community colleges that might appear on your bachelor’s transcripts,

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we would need those. And any relevant

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Graduate studies you’ve done that would be helpful for us to see and for you to list in your application as well

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And then sometimes you can get online and pull up

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academic record or grade report and that’s not considered official and stall out your application.

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When requesting your

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references, as I said before put your name of your recommender, their email address, and an option to attach a

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PDF file

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the request form is emailed to your recommenders when you save and close this page, so this is a really

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important aspect. If you get up to this section, this is usually one of the most time-consuming

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processes of the

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application

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process, so you really want to give your recommenders that deadline as well when you’re talking to them. Ask them

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would you be able to

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submit your recommendation by the fifteenth of the months and if they look

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conflicted and they’re not thinking that they can make it. Just keep going and ask for other

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Recommendations, you know, I’m just using the 15th as an example, but you know, realistically you would want to give them two weeks

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before the actual deadline, so if they have to push it out a bit, you know

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It’ll it’ll still work out to your advantage

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We need a minimum of two letters of recommendation,

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but we always have you asked for three just for that reason in case one of them get busier can’t

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use

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recommendations because of extenuating

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circumstances.

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So when you get to the final part,

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this is where you double-check the program code and it is listed here the MS

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, it’s online civil engineering programs. Just want to make sure you’re using online. And then as far as

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submitting your fee, you’ll be doing that electronically as well, and once your application

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is sent in I get notified and I will help and track this

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throughout the whole application process and stay in close contact with you to make sure you know where you’re at in the process.

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please go ahead and email me. I am the Senior Enrollment Advisor for the Civil Engineering Online Program

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And that’s my contact information. You may be working with your own advisor as well,

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but you know as a fallback, please always feel free to contact me if needed.

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And now we’ll go through any questions you might have.

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And I am getting a question about

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the actual deadlines and I’m going to speak in broad terms, since this is a

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webinar we will be using going forward. We have three terms

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we have fall,spring, and summer. The fall semester classes begin at the end of August.

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So you would want to get everything in a month earlier or the end of July?

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The spring semester is the second week of January

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so a month earlier would be the second week of December. And then the fall or I’m sorry, summer semester would be

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the second week of May so you would want to get your documents in the

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second week of April a month prior. And feel free to finish your application earlier than that,

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it’s always a good idea because there is always a rush of the end to submit applications.

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Then as far as any other questions go, please contact your enrollment advisor.

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Contact me. I’m here to help you help you. Help you go through the whole process and work with you on your application.

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Do let me know if there’s anything we can do to help them. Thank you again for joining us today.