1. University Application
Number one is fairly obvious. You'll need an application for your college of choice. Many schools, like ASUMH, offer online applications, making it easy to apply from anywhere, especially if you hope to be an online student.
You can also call the university and ask to have a paper copy mailed, or stop by and pick one up. All the usual options.
Be sure to find out when applications are due, and get yours in on time.
2. High School Transcript
You'll need a transcript from the high school from which you graduated, even if it was 50 years ago. Contact your high school and ask what kind of information they need to locate your transcript.
This is important: Ask them to send it directly to the university. Opened transcripts will not be accepted. This is a law in many states.
If you didn't graduate from high school but have a GED credential, have your GED scores sent to the university. Same process.
3. College CreditsMany of us have accumulated credits from several universities. You'll want all of them to count. Ask each college you've attended, and earned credits from, to send an official transcript to your new university.
4. Test Scores
You'll also need to send your scores from the entrance exams you've taken. There are a lot of different entrance exams: ACT, SAT, LSAT, MCAT, GMAT.
Whichever exam you took, the score will matter in your application.
If you haven't taken an entrance exam, talk to the registrar or recruiter at the university you've chosen. If it's like ASUMH, it might have it's own entrance exam. ASUMH offers the COMPASS test for just $10, and you can take it as many times as you want.
"You can't flunk this test," says ASUMH Recruiter Jamie Johnston. "It just tells us what level class you need."
If you took the ACT or SAT 30 years ago, you might thinkn about testing again. Do you really remember Algebra like you did 30 years ago?
Ask about free tutoring.
5. Immunization Record
Yes, you'll need shots if you can't prove you've had them. Most, if not all, states have laws that require proof of immunization for measles (rubella) and rubella (MMR).
The first vaccine must have been received after your first birthday or after Jan. 1, 1968. A second dose for measles is required and must have been given at least 28 days after the first dose.
"If you can't find your records," Johnston says, "you'll have to get the shots again. Sorry, but it's the law."
Check your local Health Unit. Shots can be as inexpensive as $5.