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Student interest form

student interest form

Are you a school or college looking to gauge the interests of prospective students? The student interest form is tailored to help you collect essential information about applicants, from their personal and academic backgrounds to their program preferences and extracurricular activities.

By using this form, you can better understand your applicants and effectively guide them towards suitable courses and resources, enhancing their overall experience at your institution.

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Questions to include on your student interest form

1. Personal Information

Collecting basic personal information is essential to identify the student and maintain records, as well as facilitate communication with them.

  • Full Name
  • Date of Birth (Month, Day, Year)
  • Gender (Male, Female, Other, Prefer not to say)
  • Email Address
  • Phone Number
  • Mailing Address

2. Academic Information

Understanding the student's academic background can help you assess their qualifications and determine the appropriate program and support.

  • Name of current school/college
  • Current Grade/Year
  • Expected Graduation Date
  • GPA (Grade Point Average)
  • Have you taken any standardized tests? (Yes, No)
  • If yes, please list the tests and scores

3. Program Preferences

Gathering information about the student's program interests can help you guide them towards appropriate courses and resources.

  • Area(s) of Interest (Arts, Sciences, Business, Technology, Health, Humanities, etc.)
  • Preferred Start Date (Month, Year)
  • Are you interested in online or on-campus courses? (Online, On-Campus, Both)

4. Extracurricular Activities

Learning about the student's extracurricular activities can help you identify potential involvement opportunities within your institution.

  • Please list any clubs, sports, or organizations you are involved in
  • Please list any volunteering projects you are involved in

5. Additional Information

You may want to gather some additional information to better understand the student's needs and expectations.

  • How did you hear about our institution?
  • Is there anything else you would like us to know about you?

The question about how they heard about your institution is not mandatory but can be useful to understand your marketing reach and the effectiveness of different channels.

Other question ideas

When you are creating your student interest form, here are some additional questions you may want to consider. These won't apply in every case, but should give you some ideas as you build out your form.
  • What are your long-term career goals?

    • This question provides insight into the student's aspirations and helps you understand how your institution can support their journey.
  • Do you have any specific faculty members or departments you're interested in working with?

    • This question identifies the student's interest in specific faculty members and their fields of expertise, which can be useful for connecting them to the right resources.
  • Are you interested in participating in research projects? (Yes, No)

    • This question reveals the student's interest in research activities, which can help you identify potential research opportunities for them.
  • Are you considering applying for financial aid or scholarships? (Financial Aid, Scholarships, None)

    • This question helps you assess the student's financial needs and direct them towards appropriate resources.
  • Do you have any accessibility needs or accommodations we should be aware of?

    • This question allows you to better understand the student's unique needs and helps you ensure they receive appropriate support and accommodations.
  • Have you participated in any internships or work experience related to your field of interest?

    • This question gives you insight into the student's practical experience, which can help you tailor your academic and extracurricular offerings to their needs.
  • Are you interested in participating in study abroad programs? (Yes, No)

    • This question reveals the student's interest in international experiences and can help you connect them with relevant programs and opportunities.

Things to consider

  1. Responsiveness - Ensure that your form is mobile-friendly and adjusts well to different screen sizes, making it easy for users to complete the form on various devices.
  2. Accessibility - Implement accessibility features, such as labels, alternative text for images, and clear instructions, to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access and understand the form.
  3. Progress Indicator - If your form has multiple pages or sections, consider providing a progress indicator to help users understand how much they have completed and what remains.
  4. Field Validation - Use real-time validation to check for errors in the form as users enter information, providing clear error messages to help them correct mistakes before submission.
  5. Save and Resume - Give users the option to save their progress and continue later, especially if the form is lengthy or requires the collection of detailed information.
  6. Privacy and Consent - Clearly state how the gathered information will be used and stored, and obtain necessary permissions from users by including consent checkboxes or links to your privacy policy.
  7. User-Friendly Design - Design the form with a clean and simple layout, using logical groupings for related questions, and appropriate field types (text, checkboxes, radio buttons, etc.) to make it easy for users to understand and complete.

How to create your student interest form

Now that you know what questions you should include, it's time to build your form!

The only problem is that traditional forms tools are inefficient.

People will forget to fill out your form. They'll get stuck halfway and not be able to finish it. Or they'll send you the wrong stuff. You end up wasting hours chasing people down over email. 

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  • Automatic reminders - Remind people to complete their form with fully customizable reminders.
  • Reject incorrect information - If a single question is filled out incorrectly, ask your client to re-do just that one item.
  • Autosaving - No progress gets lost. People can fill out forms in multiple sittings.
  • Comments and questions - If the person filling the form gets stuck, they can ask a question without having to email you.

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