Welcome to the Cap Family!
Congratulations on your acceptance for Fall 2015. Now it’s time to start your first assignments. (Well, really just your next steps.) Use the suggestions and links below to get you on your way to changing the world! Welcome to Capital University. Starting classes in January? Check out the spring semester checklist.
Share your acceptance packet with your family members and celebrate your accomplishment! While you’re at it, let your friends know by tagging a photo of yourself with your acceptance folder or certificate to #CapitalBound.
Even if you’ve already been on Capital’s campus, a visit after being accepted can be a game changer for your college search. Call 614-236-6101 or go to www.capital.edu/visit to find your perfect opportunity. Tell our visit coordinator (her name is Jeni – like the ice cream shop down the street) that you are accepted (she’ll be excited for you!) and give about two weeks’ notice of when you’d like to visit for the best experience. We can’t wait to see you soon!
Make sure you know your admission counselor as they can be your lifeline for any questions about Capital or your college decision in general! Our counselors can answer questions about majors, AP or college credit, scholarships, financial aid, campus life, Columbus, Bexley and more! Meet our counselors and find out if you are working with Alecia, Ashley, Stephanie, Jae, Susanna, Deanna or Joyin and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need help figuring out who you are working with. We love hearing from you!
As an accepted student, we can send helpful reminders and announcements to you via text message! It's easy to opt-in. Just text Crusader FIRST and LAST name to 88202. Example: Crusader John Smith (Be sure to include spaces.)
At Capital, we make it easy for you and award most of our scholarships and grants directly from the materials collected with your admission application. Initial award letters begin going out in December. (Look for another fun packet in the mail with more good news!) Check your mail and email often, as we send invitations to our scholarship competitions starting in December, too. Read more about all Capital merit award offerings for first year and transfer students.
As the year goes on, it’s a good idea to keep us updated if you have new academic information to share. For example, always send test scores if you retake the ACT or SAT test. At Capital, we combine your best sub-scores on these tests to create a “SUPERSCORE” for you that is used for scholarship awarding! We can update your file with new test scores or GPA throughout the year. We want to make sure we have the highest information possible for you on file even after you are accepted. Capital’s ACT code is 3242 and our SAT code is 1099 to have scores sent directly to us. You can also have your high school counselor send updates on an official sealed copy of your transcript anytime. (Transfer students, make sure we have your latest and most up to date college GPA as you take additional classes.)
Plan to work on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after January 1, 2015. FAFSA is your key to all need-based financial assistance. Capital’s FAFSA code is 003023. The recommended date for completing your FAFSA is March 1, 2015. You can file for free online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The FAFSA is used to calculate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) to determine what types of federal, state and institutional need-based aid you are eligible to receive, including grants, loans and work-study. (Before you file the FAFSA, you and at least one parent will need to get a PIN number to electronically sign your FAFSA. You can register for your PIN anytime at www.pin.ed.gov.)
College scholarships exist beyond universities and FAFSA so be sure to explore all of your options. Third party awards may be available from local businesses, non-profit organizations, employers of you or your family members, churches, school groups and more! Think about your extracurricular involvement, job experience or unique traits that might make you stand out! Conduct online searches and talk with your high school counselor about opportunities in your community. These type of funds are usually gift aid and can often help make college even more affordable for you and your family. The sooner you begin your research, the more chances you may have! (Helpful Tip: Be wary of scholarship applications that require you to pay money to apply. You should not need to pay to apply for aid.)
Capital will begin sending financial aid award packages in March 2015. Your financial aid award will let you know your estimated cost to attend Capital and include your merit award(s) and any need-based aid that results from filing the FAFSA. Your admission counselor will contact you once your award is available to go over it in detail and answer any questions you (or your family) may have.
An Enrollment Deposit is required to officially reserve your place in Capital’s incoming class. Deposits are due by the national college decision date of May 1, 2015. A deposit received prior to the deadline is fully refundable by written request until May 1, 2015. Deposits received after the May 1 deadline are nonrefundable and will be accepted on a space available basis. Deposit checks can be made payable to Capital University and mailed to Capital University, Admission Office, 1 College and Main, Columbus, OH 43209-2394. (For your convenience, a deposit form and reply envelope was included in your acceptance packet!) You can also pay your deposit online. We’ll be so happy we’ll promptly send you a t-shirt to show off your purple and white!
After sending your deposit and joining our class, you will sign up for a Summer Orientation Day! Summer Orientation takes place in May, June and July and is a jam-packed (and super-fun) one day program where you meet with an adviser to finalize your fall class schedule, get your Capital photo ID picture and email address, complete financial paperwork and meet your fellow classmates. More information will be sent about orientation in 2015 to all accepted and deposited students.
More than 90% of our first year students live on campus in our residence halls! (We also have residence hall options for transfers.) It’s the best way to integrate yourself into campus life (can’t beat a 5 minute walk to literally everything you need!) and take advantage of all that Capital (and Bexley) offers. (For example, when you live on campus, you are in easy walking distance to great food – from our 1 Main Café in the campus center to Chipotle and Graeters!) All first and second year students that live outside of a 30-mile radius of campus are required to live in the residence halls. Those that live within 30 miles are encouraged to do so but also have the option to commute. More information on housing and commuter release applications will be sent in the spring, applications will be due in June and assignments and release approvals will be mailed in July. For now, check out more about residence life and meal plans and be on the lookout all year for the perfect accessories for your room next fall!
Welcome Weekend, residence hall move-in and the start of classes take place in late August each year. These days will mark the start of your Capital career and one of the most exciting milestones of your life! You won’t forget a moment of your first days at Capital. From Move-In Day (where President Bowman just may help you carry that mini-fridge) to bonfires to our annual activities fair to the simple excitement of being on our beautiful campus in the fall, we promise you will love it! So mark your calendars now for the first day of class on Monday, August 24, 2015!