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Failed out of college? What options do I have?

jacketsjackets Registered User Posts: 61 Junior Member
edited June 2012 in College Admissions
Hi there,

I made a mistake and flunked out of college (freshmen year). I am not a big party person or anything, I simply wasted time. I think things fell apart when I moved far from home and didn't really handle the independence well. Is there anything I can do to recover from this?

So what could I do to move forward from here. I am not a bad student. I am very capable of making A's and am determined to work for them. Is there any way to get back to college and still get my BS and then move on to a master or so. I don't mind doing extra credit hours of anything, and I can handle them.

Someone suggested a community college and another suggested the military. Does anyone have more information about how this would all work out? Do you think a university would accept me back if I made all A's at a community college and tried to transfer as an out-of-state student?

Thank you for your time and help.
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Replies to: Failed out of college? What options do I have?

  • M's MomM's Mom Registered User Posts: 4,562 Senior Member
    Without knowing what the problem was the first time around ("wasted time" is too vague a diagnosis) and what you've done to address it, it's hard to recommend next steps that would make sense for you.

    And what we think Georgia Tech would do, doesn't matter here - call Georgia Tech, make an appt. with the appropriate dean, and ask what you would need to do to demonstrate that you are ready to return. Be prepared to explain why it would be different for you the second time around. He or she will tell you if you have any chance at all.

    Flunking out generally requires not just doing badly in class, but failing to handle the academic warnings appropriately. If there are other issues here - mental health or unidentified learning problems or something else - this is the time to be honest and address them. You might also want to reconsider if Georgia Tech is really the right place for you - there are many good schools that might not place you under as much pressure. It's also fine, if you can afford it, to spread out your academics over 5 years if that would help. Once again, without knowing exactly what "wasting time" means, it's hard to make intelligent suggestions.
  • jacketsjackets Registered User Posts: 61 Junior Member
    Thank you very much for your reply. If you don't mind, I could email you my situation exactly.
  • juilletjuillet Super Moderator Posts: 11,672 Super Moderator
    My fiance did poorly in college, so he withdrew and joined the military. He found a career that he really loves. He's planning on separating to go back to college, but he has renewed discipline and GI Bill money for school now. We haven't heard back yet from all of his schools, so we have yet to see if his plan worked, but we'll see.

    But only join the military if you really want to join the military. I mean, not everyone joins out of pure patriotic love for their country. Many people join for the educational benefits, or because they want to travel, or various other reasons. But I wouldn't join SOLELY for the educational benefits; you could join if you wanted to get some job skills and then return to Tech. My fiance fixes airplanes now, and that's a solid skill he could parlay into the civilian world.

    However, you may simply be able to apply for readmission after letting some time pass. Taking some community college classes and doing well in them may strengthen your case. Georgia Tech likely has a readmission policy. In fact, it is here:

    Georgia Tech: Registrar: Readmission

    The website says that you should contact the advisor for your major to design a readmission contract, which may require you to go to another school for a semester before you can apply for readmission to Tech.
  • jacketsjackets Registered User Posts: 61 Junior Member
    I see, Thank For Your reply too!
  • MoreoverMoreover Registered User Posts: 1,158 Senior Member
    jackets, Were you in Atlanta at Georgia Tech or in the engineering alliance program at Armstrong Atlantic State University?
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Registered User Posts: 82,627 Senior Member
    Jackets...I remember you and your pre-med questions and your aid questions.

    What school did you attend this last year. When you were posting before, and we were responding, you were going to attend AASU for 2 years with an OOS waiver, and then hopefully transfer to GT.

    Basically I am in the Engineering Alliance program and I have to go to Armstrong Atlantic State University for the first two years (it is possible to transfer even earlier), then go to Georgia Tech in Atlanta for the next two

    BTW...if you still have med school in your plans, you need to proceed cautiously since those bad grades from last year will always get included in your GPA...even if you retake the courses.
  • jacketsjackets Registered User Posts: 61 Junior Member
    Yea I'm that same guy. I was in AASU with an oos waiver. I had a nice opportunity. Kinda messed it up now. And I no longer have med school plans. I have decided on engineering Computer / Electrical.
  • jacketsjackets Registered User Posts: 61 Junior Member
    And btw thank you for your help in regards to that oos waiver and stuff. All that information really helped me out then!
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Registered User Posts: 82,627 Senior Member
    It sounds like you need to go to a CC for two years, then decide where you should transfer to. I don't think you should focus on what school you'll end up at. If I remember correctly, you needed aid/merit and/or waivers. Getting those as a transfer student is less likely, so GT or similar may not be affordable.

    What state are you in? How much will your parents pay each year?
  • MoreoverMoreover Registered User Posts: 1,158 Senior Member
    ^^^^ I agree. I would also suggest you be open to considering some other majors. You might get some aptitude testing at a career center even if there is some small fee, it could save you much time and money in the long run.
  • jacketsjackets Registered User Posts: 61 Junior Member
    Well I could come up with the money but more important is my future. It would be ok to spend a bit of money now if it could help me get a better job in the future. So please leave that out of the consideration. I can still go to Armstrong or go to my local community college and try to transfer to Clemson and then maybe to GT or go to GT for a master. Thanks again for your time and help.
  • jacketsjackets Registered User Posts: 61 Junior Member
    But as it looks right now, I need to support myself so I think I am going to sign up for the military.
  • jacketsjackets Registered User Posts: 61 Junior Member
    Sorry about all the posts but I forgot to mention, if I go to the CC and then Clemson, I will get that state scholarship for 7k or so. My tuition and books will be covered at both the CC and Clemson. I just need to find a place to live and food and gas and all. So those are my two options this and military, or Armstrong too I guess. Which would you recommend?
  • pierre0913pierre0913 Registered User Posts: 7,652 Senior Member
    Let me know if you have any questions about Clemson! I agree with the previous posts, you need to take some time off - figure out what you did wrong and then make a conscious effort to fix your mistakes and do better. Here are some websites that may help: External Links : Clemson University
  • jacketsjackets Registered User Posts: 61 Junior Member
    Well I have that all figured. Right now I need to find a way to live haha. Even if I get some small job, I won't be able to afford a car or anything right away so I guess even with that state scholarship, I probably won't be able to go to a CC then Clemson. I think the military is my best option. Besides it would allow me to travel, which is something I'm very interested in.
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