Admissions Post-Bac: Application Website for Higher Education Revamped

Lecture Hall at the Université of Nantes.  Photo: Flickr/manuel I MC

Lecture Hall at the Université of Nantes.
Photo: Flickr/manuel I MC

“The University, a choice that works me.”

So reads the new slogan for the renovated 2014 “Admission Post-Bac” website, the national portal for preregistration into France’s schools of higher education.  The website, similar to the Common App interface in the United States, serves both public and private post-secondary institutions.  Planned to undergo significant renovation over the next two years, the goal of Admission Post-Bac (APB) is to simplify enrollment in higher education by coordinating both the aspirations of prospective students and the availability of spots at the nation’s universities.  Additionally, according to the French Ministry of High Education and Research, the website is also meant to inform and advise candidates applying to the university system, in order to better increase their chances of getting into their desired school.

Enrollment in universities  “should no longer be a headache for students and an anxiety for parents,” said Minister of Higher Education Geneviève Fioraso.  The site, which was launched five years ago to amend long waiting lists and imbalances in applicants among universities, has been further changed to make it more user-friendly.  According to the French paper Le Monde, over 12% of last year’s 754,000 candidates had abandoned their folder before completion, therefore invalidating their applications to higher education institutions.

The APB site facilitates the entire registration process, including the submission of identification cards and grades as well as offering counseling for applicants.  The internet portal will be used by all those wishing to continue their education, including individuals returning to school and international applicants.  Previously, the site was directed solely towards senior year secondary-school students.  The preregistration period lasts until March 20, with replies to candidates being sent out in late June to early July, the end of the French school year.

The implementation of such a system—both informing the state of the volume and intentions of its applicant pool, and advising the applicants themselves—is incredibly complex.  The Ministry of High Education has developed multiple question and answer pages meant to guide aspiring students through the process, providing a detailed calendar of admissions, info and resources pages, and a chat platform facilitating dialogue among students.  In addition to the detailed calendar and abundant resources, the Ministry is further creating a committee of parents, teachers, students, and school representatives, to assist in Admission Post-Bac’s continual improvement.

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  1. […] Admissions Post-Bac: application website for higher education revamped. “The University, a choice that works me.” So reads the new slogan for the renovated 2014 “Admission Post-Bac” website, the national portal for preregistration into France’s schools of higher education.  The website, similar to the Common App interface in the United States, serves both public and private post-secondary institutions.  Planned to undergo significant renovation over the next two years, the goal of Admission Post-Bac (APB) is to simplify enrollment in higher education by coordinating both the aspirations of prospective students and the availability of spots at the nation’s universities. […]

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