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This Student Was Accepted to His First Choice -- But for Spring Semester

CCEdit_TorreyCCEdit_Torrey Editor Posts: 216 Editor
"The Dean" examines this student's dilemma: Attend his first-choice school starting next spring, or go to his second-choice college this fall: https://www.collegeconfidential.com/articles/my-first-choice-accepted-me-but-for-spring-semester/

Replies to: This Student Was Accepted to His First Choice -- But for Spring Semester

  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 Registered User Posts: 5,424 Senior Member
    The other question to ask is about course sequencing. At some smaller schools, not all courses are offered both fall and spring semesters. It could cause a student to be off sequence later for their major and add a semester/cost to graduation.
  • Sally_RubenstoneSally_Rubenstone CC Admissions Expert Posts: 4,086 Senior Member
    @momofsenior1--VERY good point! Thanks!
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 76,095 Senior Member
    Some colleges that offer spring admission allow the student to take transferable course work at a community college during the fall, so that the student can get the first semester course work done inexpensively. Starting from entering the four year school in the spring, s/he may need only seven more semesters to graduate.
  • Sally_RubenstoneSally_Rubenstone CC Admissions Expert Posts: 4,086 Senior Member
    @ucbalumnus -You made another very good point, and the possibility of earning fall credits elsewhere is certainly worth asking about when weighing the pros and cons of mid-year matriculation.

    However, I suspect that many prospective January freshmen are more concerned with the personal implications of a second-semester start, worrying that--even if they're up to speed academically--they may feel as if they're out of the loop socially.
  • cptofthehousecptofthehouse Registered User Posts: 27,430 Senior Member
    One of mine was accepted to UMd-CP for the spring semester. He just turned it down immediately without another thought. I believe, he could have started in the fall if he lived off campus. He was not guaranteed s room until the second semester.
  • PublisherPublisher Registered User Posts: 7,253 Senior Member
    edited April 18
    Without knowing the schools in question, I suggest turning down the offer of Spring admission.

    If I knew more, my recommendation might be different.
  • gardenstategalgardenstategal Registered User Posts: 5,193 Senior Member
    Some schools have enough students in this cohort that they do a full orientation for them and the transition is seamless. Especially true of schools that have a frosh group start in one of their off campus locations. I would do that, I think.

    One of my closest friends in college started in Jan. But she was an athlete who had deferred to compete at a national level event in the fall and who joined her college team as a star, so not a run of the mill Jan matriculation.

    I might hesitate if the school had a big Greek culture and had a spring rush - almost a guarantee of being off cycle socially.
  • MaineLonghornMaineLonghorn Super Moderator Posts: 39,057 Super Moderator
    We have close friends who son accepted the option of studying abroad his first semester and starting at the school in the spring. He never did settle in well - it was too hard starting after everyone else had already been there for a semester. He transferred his sophomore year.
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