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Can someone apply as a freshman even if one has already taken College credit?

iansowniansown Posts: 187Registered User Junior Member
edited November 2013 in Transfer Students
This is for a friend who doesn't mind starting over and finishing later than she/he would've.
Any advice on this would be helpful. Thank you.
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Replies to: Can someone apply as a freshman even if one has already taken College credit?

  • BourneBourne Posts: 982Registered User Member
    Depends on how much college credit. Generally though, if you've completed more than a semester at a University, you should apply as a transfer student.
  • iansowniansown Posts: 187Registered User Junior Member
    Anyone else?

    My friend will have taken more than a years worth of credits. She/he would have had a better high school record than college record. Basically, wondering if a new slate was possible, or have a decision be made on high school work for freshman admission.
  • liek0806liek0806 Posts: 3,316Registered User Senior Member
    Sad but true, one college class after high school graduation will put everyone at most schools as a transfer student, even if the class doesn't transfer or have an equivalent at the new school.
  • aaam90aaam90 Posts: 1,495Registered User Senior Member
  • msc261msc261 Posts: 82Registered User Junior Member
    I applied to Va Tech and JMU as a transfer, and both say if youre applying with less than 12 credits then you will be considered a freshman.
  • Patriot1208Patriot1208 Posts: 441Registered User Member
    ya thats less than full time for one semester... so not to many people are in that situation... iansown, your friend, will definitely have to apply as a transfer
  • tariqxtariqx Posts: 192Registered User Junior Member
    I am going to enroll in a college as a full time student, can I apply as a freshman ?
    Note - At the time of applying I'd have completed one semester only....
  • college_ruledcollege_ruled Posts: 1,243Registered User Senior Member
    If she's had a year of classes she is almost certainly a transfer student. When transferring she will definitely have to submit all college grades, and maybe her high school grades. If she doesn't show her college grades she would get in huge trouble later if the school found out.
  • uog2009uog2009 Posts: 1Registered User New Member
    I am currently in my 3rd semester of college and my credits are not enough to qualify as a transfer student. I want to apply to a different college without sending in my college transcripts. Is this possible? Can I apply as a college freshman and start completely over without putting the application process in jeopardy of being denied?

    Also, I'm new at this so can someone teach me how to post a question?

    Thanks
  • beliefbelief Posts: 579Registered User Member
    i would LOVE to start as a freshman as well.
    more than anything
  • BGKingBGKing Posts: 22Registered User New Member
    I am currently in my 3rd semester of college and my credits are not enough to qualify as a transfer student. I want to apply to a different college without sending in my college transcripts. Is this possible? Can I apply as a college freshman and start completely over without putting the application process in jeopardy of being denied?

    No. It is not possible. You would have to send in all transcripts from all colleges or universities you attended to the university you would apply to for transfer. This is also true for graduate school. Admission would most likely be denied just for not sending all required materials.
    Also, I'm new at this so can someone teach me how to post a question?

    Do you mean creating a new thread? Just click the New Thread button above the "important" threads. Put your question in the title, explain your question in the message, and post.
  • swat69swat69 Posts: 27Registered User New Member
    You might consider going to school out of the country, in Europe say, where the tuition is nothing or practically nothing (Spain, France, Italy, etc., ditto in Latin America). Not only would school authorities not know, they wouldn't care (and you could improve your foreign language skills while you're at it). Or you could take courses at a place like the New School in New York or some of the CUNYs and move from one or two courses, a foreign language, say, to full time.
    It basically boils down to whether a college or university is a private club where membership is all-important, or an institution like a public library, to be used throughout life. I take the second view, but I know the tendency, especially among certain of the Ivies, to see school as an exclusive club where what counts is not what you know at the end of four years but whom you know. For those people, membership is all-important and they get very upset if they think somebody got in through what they consider fraudulent means. But even those schools, when you're past the age of 21, leave the clubbiness aside and open the school to all comers, no questions asked (among other reasons, because they use the "School of General Studies" as a cash cow).
    The truth is that only a very small number of schools are "competitive" or "highly competitive" in that they reject people if they don't have good enough high school grades and test scores. You should be able to get into some extremely good schools without anybody ever asking you whether you've ever studied at another college.
  • swat69swat69 Posts: 27Registered User New Member
    You might consider going to school out of the country, in Europe say, where the tuition is nothing or practically nothing (Spain, France, Italy, etc., ditto in Latin America). Not only would school authorities not know, they wouldn't care (and you could improve your foreign language skills while you're at it). Or you could take courses at a place like the New School in New York or some of the CUNYs and move from one or two courses, a foreign language, say, to full time.
    It basically boils down to whether a college or university is a private club where membership is all-important, or an institution like a public library, to be used throughout life. I take the second view, but I know the tendency, especially among certain of the Ivies, to see school as an exclusive club where what counts is not what you know at the end of four years but whom you know. For those people, membership is all-important and they get very upset if they think somebody got in through what they consider fraudulent means. But even those schools, when you're past the age of 21, leave the clubbiness aside and open the school to all comers, no questions asked (among other reasons, because they use the "School of General Studies" as a cash cow).
    The truth is that only a very small number of schools are "competitive" or "highly competitive" in that they reject people if they don't have good enough high school grades and test scores. You should be able to get into some extremely good schools without anybody ever asking you whether you've ever studied at another college.
  • happymomof1happymomof1 Posts: 19,207Registered User Senior Member
    Whenever you apply for admission to a degree program at an accredited college or university in the US, you are obligated to provide official copies of transcripts from every college and university you have ever attended. There simply is no way around it.
  • rgm1995rgm1995 Posts: 1Registered User New Member
    How will they ever find out?
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