There are hundreds of online colleges and universities and each has a specific process for applying to their online schools; generally for online only schools, the application process can be completed by selecting "Apply Online" and following the instructions from the school's website. Universities and colleges that offer both in class and online studies may have potential students register for classes in person at the school and sign up for some or all the online classes through the student portal access provided to online students at the time of registration.
The online application process may differ, depending on the school. For example purposes using the University of Phoenix, the process is:
The first step is to make certain the school offers the desired program of study, the desired location of on-campus resources and the desired financial options and plans. Each school has specific accreditation and may offer credit for military or work experience. The institution may accept credits from another college. Courses, location, accreditation, credit transfers and other issues such as tuition costs, university reviews and admission requirements may impact the decision to apply. Make certain the school meets the specific needs and educational goals.
Start the application process by choosing the "Admissions" link from the top of the home page. Enter the required pertinent information. An admissions representative will contact applicants once the online form is submitted.