Stark Notes: Now That You Have Applied, What’s Next?

Graduates at Commencement 2014

By Jennifer L. Stark

Once you have submitted your Application for Admission and arranged to have your official transcripts sent to the College, or if you are newly enrolled, you may need some guidance on the next stages. Sometimes, just getting started can be the toughest part. So if you are unsure what to do after you apply or enroll, here's what to expect next. 

  • After completing your Application and submitting your transcripts, the College creates a personalized academic evaluation for you, to determine how many credits you need to complete your degree requirements. Many students think that the evaluation process begins from the time their transcripts arrive in the Office of the Registrar. However, though this is an important step, the evaluation process actually begins after our receipt of your College Application.
  • You can expect your Academic Evaluation to be completed within 20 business days. Once your evaluation is finished, you will receive an e-mail from the Office of the Registrar directing you to review this document through your Online Student Services (OSS) account.
  • While you are waiting for your Academic Evaluation, apply for employer tuition assistance, or relevant scholarships and financial aid, if applicable. You can also arrange your Annual Enrollment Fee payment with the Office of the Bursar or use the time to familiarize yourself with the enrollment requirements of your degree program.
  • Once you receive your Academic Evaluation, review it thoroughly to see where your previous credits have been applied and what remaining credits are necessary for you to complete your degree. 
  • If you need guidance in selecting courses that will fulfill your remaining credits, make an advising appointment with the Office of Advisement. In order to keep your advisement consultations as productive as possible, make this appointment after you have had a chance to review your Academic Evaluation.
  • To speak to an advisor, or make an appointment, you can call the Advising Expressline or schedule an appointment through the College's online scheduling system. You may also schedule an appointment through myEdison® once you have officially enrolled by submitting a Helpdesk ticket. You and your academic advisor can then begin selecting courses that best suit your program plan.
  • You can view the College’s many courses by visiting the Courses and Schedules page on the website, which lists the many course formats the College offers and a number of different academic schedules. Keep in mind when reviewing the online course syllabus that some requirements may change once your course is officially underway.
  • Once you have selected your courses, you can register for them anytime via Online Student Services, by phone: (609) 633-9242 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. EST or via fax: (609) 292-1657.


Advisement Program Planning Handbook



Written by Jennifer L. Stark

Jennifer is the Assistant Registrar for Data Management for the Office of the Registrar and has been at the College for 11 years. She earned her BA from Monmouth University and is currently working on her MSM at Thomas Edison State College. Jennifer is a huge Philadelphia Eagles fan and loves to cook and spend time with her family. Connect with her via email at


Topics: Taking Courses, Academic Evaluation, Student Services, Going Back to College, Areas of Study and Degree Programs, Advising

Posted Tuesday, June 18, 2013