Mansfield – Speaking today before a group of high school guidance counselors meeting at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, PASSHE Chancellor Frank T. Brogan officially unveiled the State System’s new Multi-University Electronic Admissions Application (MUEAA).
The new online tool allows potential students to apply to any Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education university – or to multiple universities – with ease. Since its quiet launch in August, more than 50,000 applications have been submitted or are in progress.
“As guidance counselors, I don’t have to tell you that today’s 15- to 18-year-olds are very sophisticated consumers of information and products, including what they expect in the application process for college,” Mr. Brogan said to those attending PASSHE’s Fall Counselor Information Day. “Our research shows us that speed and ease of use are at the top of the list of their must haves. Call it the ‘one-click’ rule.”
The MUEAA can be accessed from the PASSHE website (www.passhe.edu
) or from any of the 14 individual PASSHE university websites. Potential students may first explore all of the academic programs the PASSHE universities have to offer by going to the PASSHE site and clicking on “What Should I Study?” Once they are ready to apply, they may click on “Start Now.”
Potential students then go to the university of their choice and fill out their first application. Once they complete their initial application, the student can easily apply to another university; all of his or her personal information and educational history will already be pre-populated on the second form.
“We know for the vast majority of students who enroll at one of our 14 universities, that institution was their first choice school,” Mr. Brogan said. “We also know that many of our applicants apply to multiple PASSHE universities. The new multi-university electronic application makes that process simple.”
The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education is the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth, with about 112,000 students. The 14 PASSHE universities offer degree and certificate programs in more than 120 areas of study. About 500,000 PASSHE alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.
The state-owned universities are Bloomsburg, California, Cheyney, Clarion, East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock and West Chester Universities of Pennsylvania. PASSHE also operates branch campuses in Clearfield, Freeport, Oil City and Punxsutawney and several regional centers, including the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg and the Philadelphia Multi University Center in Philadelphia.