Is it okay to go to college/university a year after graduating from high school?
I will be graduating from high school in the summer of 2010. The thing is, I don’t feel financially stable to attend a college/university after high school, nor do I feel like I have enough freedom to select which college/university I wish to attend. Therefore, I’m thinking that when I turn 18 in June of 2011, I’ll spend a year working and getting everything together, and then applying to whichever school I wish and live wherever I want without my mom’s consent.
If doing do, does this hurt my chances of getting into the college/university I want? Are there any other disadvantages to this? Please and thank you!
It depends on what country you live in. If you live in the United States, time between high school graduation and admission is generally not a factor in being admitted to most colleges or universities. Plenty of American college students are now much older than the traditional 18-22 year old demographic.
Especially in the case of community colleges (i.e. 2-year colleges), admission is pretty much open to anyone with a high school diploma and the ability to pay, and you can easily transfer to a four-year school to finish your BA or BS.
(There may be exceptions in the case of certain “elite” institutions. Harvard, for example, rejects 80% of the high school valedictorians that apply for admission, so someone who took time off from study after high school could conceivably be seen as “suspect”.)
If you plan to take a year to save money for school, I think this is an excellent idea because student loans can be difficult to pay back. If financial concerns are a factor, you can also get course credit by taking exams at a fraction of the cost of a regular course. (Do an internet search on these: CLEP tests, Excelsior College exams. You may be able to check out study guides at your local library or buy them at a bookstore.) Colleges that will accept unlimited credit from such exams include Excelsior College and Thomas Edison State College, but most US colleges / universities will honor them to a certain number of credit hours. Good luck!
Does San Jose State University suck?
My dad keeps telling me that I should go to San Jose State since its closer but I don’t want to do it. I want to go to UC’s but my gpa is too low because I did not take PE in my freshman year due to a charter school that I went to. He wants me to go there because it is much closer to our house. If I can get to a CSU I would like to go to Long Beach State University or something higher. San Jose State doesn’t have everything I want. For example, I want to go to Russia in my college years but the only CSU that have it is Cal Poly Pomona and Long Beach State. My father wont even let me go to Community College and let me take the transfer program to Berkeley. I know I can make it to Berkley if I take the transfer program but he wont let me because he thinks it is a waste. Right now, I’m focusing on my Sat’s so I could increase my chances of getting accepted to Long Beach. I’m in junior year now so I have to try hard since this is the most important year of my high school years.
SJSU is alright. The main problems are lack of funding, which is a problem for every community college, CSU, and UC right now, and craptastic administration/logistics, which might be a problem at any CSU. Academically, it is decent and comparable to the less competitive UCs.
However, if it doesn’t have the program you want to do, then it would be a mistake to go there. If you go there just to appease your father, you will always regret not being able to study abroad in Russia.
Since it is junior year, you still have time to possibly change his mind. If you have relatives who have a good relationship with your father, talk to them about what’s going on, and see if they can help you work on changing his mind. Also, keep in mind that you will be an adult soon, and the decision on what college to go to is yours alone. While you may not have your father’s financial or moral support, you do have the freedom to go to college anywhere – and depending on your family situation, you might get enough financial aid to make it a non-issue. The fact that he won’t even “let” you go to a CC and transfer is bizarre, since you would be living at home for two years and going to a much less expensive school than SJSU.
is there any financial aid program for studying in US for studying food technology?
well i have done bachelors but there no opportunity to study master in my country well i see lots of university in US thus i am very interested to study the effects of water im food like wateractiviry sorption isotherm
Provided that you can obtain a student visa, most graduate schools will provide you with a stipend (in return for serving as a teaching assistant and then eventually a research assistant if you pursue a Ph.D.) and a tuition waiver with some also offering a fee waiver.
Thus one really gets paid to attend graduate school in the US. It is very rare to not have this occur. I believe that Federal financial assistance is only available to US citizens, but schools often offer additional scholarships and there are numerous fellowships available from both the schools and private parties.
The first step is to contact a school that you are interested in and discuss with them the process of obtaining a student sponsorship and student visa. The visa process can take a very long time, so give yourself the time.
Post Scriptum: Don’t limit yourself to food technologies, many interdisciplinary programs might fit the bill such as a cross of physics, chemistry (or physical chemistry) and biology may meet your research and education interests. Most interdisciplinary degrees offer a greater deal of freedom in course choices.
Is it possible to transfer to a good big university after bad performance?
I went to college for 3 years at a large state school. i did bad and got kicked out because i was lazy and I had other personal problems I was dealing with. I admit, My GPA is very close to 2.0. I did not take the best approach of things. However, I don’t think my grades reflect my ability in any way possible. I am currently in the process of the 2nd semester off from school, I needed a break to cool off and fix my problems. I will be attending school for the next 3 semesters at smaller colleges and earn some pre req credits, volunteer, and accomplish other things I have set in mind to do.
If I can show that I am able to create financial stability (yes financial stability and freedom), achieve the highest level of grades, and show the most overall improvements in every part of my life, will I be able to gain admission to a large state school that is somewhat selective like University of Michigan or the like?
Is there any other option besides taking heaps of credit hours increasing my GPA to a 3.5, because that is not what I am looking for. I want to take roughly 12-15 credit hours EACH semester until I am applying for Fall 2015 admissions. What can I do?
@ Spiffer, thank you for your input.
@roaring mice, thank you as well for the insight.
I checked the UMich Engineering transfer requirements, no credit hour limits were posted, just class pre req requirements.
As for hours, I did not take that many classes there at my first university. I was far behind on track. Also I am working on a few projects where I can gain financial freedom and stability if all goes well. If it does go well, I may not even need financial aid at all. I am not counting on it, however if my business ventures are successful, would that look positive in my application?
There is a point at which your age may work to your advantage.
Colleges and universities look at ‘mature’ students in a different way from those coming straight out of secondary education. Applicants considered mature are treated on a more individualistic basis and often invited for an interview when a college or university becomes more seriously interested in such an applicant. Raising your marks and continuing to be committed to the process will work in your favour.
Leaving college to do an NVQ and Open University degree?
l have had enough of college. l hate the course l am on, l hate the immature people in the class and l hate the placements they’ve put me on. l work in a care sector and they still haven’t let me use my job as part of the placement and they put me on days where l am actually working. The college knows my circumstances that l live by myself so l have to pay to live which means work pretty much 6x a week. l have looked on a lot of well known qualifications l could do whilst l am working full time and l think the Open University and NVQ in Caring (while doing my job) would be great. l know it might be hard but l will be able to do it because at least when l have a day off, l can concentrate on them instead. l know all of my work and effort may be at loss but l am going to fail anyway because l cannot do placement on the day l am working. Would this work out at all? Opinions would be appreciated whether you disagree or not. Thank you in advance.
I suggest you to persevere a little more longer. Because A Levels & a good degree , worth alot more than NVQ.
If you were to pursue NVQ it’ll take a longer time for ya to get a degree, because they expect ya to have a few years of work experience , if u want to pursue a degree after getting an NVQ.
If you persevere a little longer and get a proper degree , you will be paid more in the future and can relax more! Imagine the financial freedom that you can get.
Whereas for NVQ, you’re not gonna get paid as much as someone who have a degree.
But it depends on your purpose in life really. If you plan to start your own business and work everything out yourself then you can just do some readings on your own and you need not have any degree. Just NVQ and some work experience.
But if you are the sort that choose to work for other people , having a degree is the best option, because of the amount of pay…
Do what you like anyways, that way you wont get tired of doing it again and again. If you choose the subject that you love, you will look forward to your lessons everyday.
I wish you Good luck & never give up!
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