Getting Your Questions Answered


You’ve narrowed your college search and decided to apply at SDSU, but where one question has been answered, countless more have been formed: What are the application requirements? What should I do after I apply? What organizations should I join if I’m admitted? And so on.

Finding answers to your endless list of questions can seem overwhelming. Here are some solutions that are sure to make the process a lot smoother. Hint: They all involve making the internet your best friend!

Go Site-seeing

SDSU’s Prospective Student and Admissions Web sites offer all the basic information a student needs to know regarding student life, special events, admission requirements, and important deadlines. Giving each of these sites a good read through will answer most of your questions and help to eliminate any confusion you may have about how or when to apply.

Another tool to utilize via these Web sites is the FAQs. To find what you are looking for, use your browser’s “Find” tool to locate specific keywords within the list of FAQs.

Socialize

SDSU is now utilizing social media – Facebook, Twitter, etc. – to exchange information with current and prospective students. If you haven’t already done so, follow SDSU admissions on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook, or send a shout out on Zinch. These sites will not only give an inside view of SDSU’s student life and culture, but you can also ask questions, interact with other students, and find out what is going on around campus on a daily basis.

Search for It

It’s safe to say there aren’t many questions Google can’t help you answer and using this method to find information about SDSU is probably the most effective around. Here are some tips to find your answers using the SDSU search engine:

Be specific. If you’d like to know about a specific program or a student organization, search for it. You’ll most likely come across a general description via SDSU’s home page, but if you have specific questions, such as how to gain residency or when you need to send in your transcripts, don’t be afraid to type those keywords into the search box. This will usually lead you to what you’re looking for.

Bookmark it. When you do find what you’re looking for, take note of where you found it. It’s easy to lose track of how many clicks it took to find the exact answer you were looking for, so make it easier on yourself and bookmark the location for quicker access next time you need to access the information.

Search the entire Web. SDSU’s Google search bar for pages within sdsu.edu is an enormously valuable tool for students looking for answers, but if you use this tool and nothing seems to come up, try searching the entire Web. Some student organizations and other university-related content is not linked within the sdsu.edu pages so searching the entire Web will often lead to your answer.

These convenient, Web-friendly solutions should make finding answers to your questions easier. Of course, you can always call or meet with an admissions counselor and visit the campus for a student-led tour.

~ Desiree Roughton, Student Communications Assistant, Enrollment Services

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