I am considering applying to TAG in these days for admission to Fall 2017.
However I am considering extending my stay in community college for a year or so depending on how things turn out, and I was wondering if it is possible to apply to TAG again next year for Fall 2018 admission.
Is this possible?
I know you can't TAG to multiple schools at once, but that isn't my question.
Also, if I apply to competitive schools like UCB, UCLA, UCSD, Stanford, and then apply again next year, does that look particularly bad? Do any of those schools have a strict "once rejected, always rejected" policy?
What if I get admitted to schools like UCI, UCSB, UCSD, and UCD. Will those still admit me the following year if I were to defer for a year? (Does defer mean you agree to return/go to that school specifically or can it refer to you taking an extra year and just applying again?)
If I do stay an extra year, that will be my 4th year of community college, right after graduating from high school. I have never had a job, too. Does this look really bad to admissions counselors? (If I stay an extra year I will most likely get a job. Not sure what to do about financial aid like pell grants and cal grants though. Should I put those on pause if I take an extra year? I believe they only last for 6 years and I think I might end up 3 years at a 4 year university once I transfer since I hope to double major in physics and economics (or something like chemical physics instead of regular physics...still figuring that out. That's part of the reason I'm considering staying another year -- to complete the organic chemistry sequence and hopefully boost my admissions application to get into more competitive schools than I could probably get into now. Is there a true boost to be gained from taking another year? Or will it do more harm than good? I mean, can someone theoretically do anything in particular to gain admission to Stanford a year after not being a competitive applicant? [not saying that I have applied there before. still considering whether to apply for next fall or two take an extra year and apply for Fall 2018 as a second time-applicant...or not apply for 2017 at all and just apply solely for 2018])
Any help would be deeply appreciated. It's hard to find counseling at my school, all of the slots fill up immediately while I'm in class. Don't really have any mentors to ask about this kind of stuff either. And it's hard finding any counseling about really competitive schools like Stanford in particular since our school is more prepared for state school transfers. Not that I have any realistic chance, but I can be stubbornly optimistic at times.