Plan B: What if I'm Not Accepted to College
After all of the time, energy and effort you've put into the college application process, the last thing you want to think about is not getting into the school(s) you've chosen.
However, as there are no guarantees--and admission committees make their decisions for all kinds of reasons--a rejection letter or two may be something you have to face. This situation is rare (especially when students include at least one "safety school"), but it does happen.
Whatever you do when faced with such undesired results, though, don't despair.
There are still many options for you. You can still go to college--and to a college of your choice. There is always plan B.
First, see your high school counselor.
"The counselor can do a bit of digging and find out why the applicant was not successful," said Shaun McElroy, director of college counseling at Escuela Campo Alegre, The American School in Caracas, Venezuela.
Perhaps you aimed too high, didn't include a safety school, or just faced a more competitive pool of applicants than expected.
But don't lose hope. In early May, the National Association for College Admission Counseling maintains a list of colleges that still have openings--called the Space Availiability Survey--on its Web site, www.nacacnet.org. Your counselor can help you decide which of these colleges you should apply to.
"We look for schools that have the type of atmosphere [the students] want--a campus that frequently has cross-applicants with the one they really wanted to go to, but has slightly lower admission standards," Amy Thompson, college and career counselor at York Community High School (IL), said.
Remember--just because you're not accepted at one college doesn't mean you wouldn't be another college's first choice student.
Nontraditional Admission Options
Some colleges may have nontraditional admission options. For example, you might be able to enter college for the winter semester rather than starting in the fall. Or you could be admitted conditionally or on probation until you prove your ability to handle college work. Talk to your counselor about these options or call the admission office of the colleges that interest you.
Reprinted with the permission of the National Association for College Admission Counseling. © 2008 National Association for College Admission Counseling.
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