For a reasonably bright HS student, or parents of a bright kid: If you or your teenager, maybe figured out how to study a bit late, there is a really good ‘second chance’ available. Of course, a HS senior can enroll in the college(s) that admitted them, but if the student, the parent, or both aren’t convinced by forum members to enroll in the college(s) that did/will admit them and still desire a higher ranked college there is an excellent option available. Richard Bland College of William and Mary is a relatively unknown gem. Richard Bland College has rolling admissions, so best to apply right away.
If for health, family issues, wrong priorities, laziness, immaturity, hanging with the wrong crowd, or a myriad of other reasons, your bright kid eliminated herself/himself from the high academic colleges, with a less than perfect 9th and/or 10th grade, there is a great ‘second chance’ option to graduate from a Top 30 National University.
Richard Bland College of William and Mary is the only junior college in Virginia. The Virginia Legislature REQUIRES the public universities in Virginia GUARANTEE ADMISSION to Richard Bland College graduates (2 year junior college) as transfers if the RBC graduate meets very straight-forward and reasonable criteria. Meeting some obvious course/credit guidelines, the Guaranteed Admissions are far from onerous for a reasonably bright kid who applies her/him-self for a couple of years:
3.40GPA Guaranteed University of Virginia #26 USNWR National, #4 Public
3.25GPA Guaranteed William and Mary #39 USNWR National, #11 Public
3.40GPA Guaranteed Virginia Tech
and various other VA public and private colleges for other GPAs.
Attached is the RBC guarantee list (click on a college for transfer guarantees)