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#341 - 06/19/2003 09:12 AM Will a College Let Me In?
Kim Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 06/19/2003
Loc: NY
Hi! My name is Kim. I'm knocking 40 years of age very soon. I want to return to school -BADLY. I attended college for a year right out of high school. I failed or unofficially withdrew from every course because I was forced into a major (by parents) that high school did not prepare me for because I was in the cooperative education program my junior and senior years. When I tried to return to the same college a few years later, they did re-admit me. BUT, they would not let me change my major. The one class I took I got an "A" in - but they averaged it in with my old grades and told me my GPA was too low for them to allow me to remain in school, and sent me a letter that essentially said "good riddance."
How in the world do I get back into school??
Grace and peace

#342 - 06/20/2003 12:39 PM Re: Will a College Let Me In?
mgfishh Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 06/05/2003
Start with the community college in your area. They generally do not take SAT scores or other criteria for admittance. The advantage too is that the majority of city college students (generally, it depends on your area), go onto university for a degree, so the community college courses must qualify for 4-year university transfers. Additionally, unlike at larger 4-year schools, where you are taught by other students (TAs) at the freshman & sophmore levels, although you're paying top price for qualified teachers,community college instructors are REAL teachers: Ph Ds or instructors w/Master's degrees! Then after 2 years, transfer to a 4-year university for your junior year. In fact the GPA for transers at the junior level is LOWER than for incoming freshmen, although you probably will have a great GPA... most adult learners returning to school are way better students the 2nd time around. Trust me, this is true and the best way to go, I've learned. I returned to school this way for another degree (I had a BFA which did not cover many newer, required courses), and went on to get a BA, then continued to my masters. Good luck!

#343 - 06/21/2003 19:54 PM Re: Will a College Let Me In?
sageblue Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 06/21/2003
Loc: Madison, WI
I agree; you can go to community college or a local "technical" college and take 2 or 3 courses on the 'college prep' track. Regardless of how unmotivated the youngsters around you may be, you will keep your eye on the prize and get A's in these courses. Then you can turn around and submit these to a school that will let you study what you want to study. (It's strange that the old one didn't let you change your major.)

Good luck; I hope you go for it.


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