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What to consider before deciding on a spring admission


Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Traditionally, recent high school graduates begin their college education in the fall semester. However, there are many reasons why someone may opt to enroll in the spring. Maybe you'd like to transfer after spending a semester at your original college choice; or maybe you want more time to yourself before starting college. According to College Parents of America a growing number of colleges are actually deferring applicants to the spring admission.

Regardless of your reason for considering a spring start, there are a few points to weigh:

More choices
If you've received an acceptance letter from a college saying that you're admitted for the spring semester, it gives you something to think about that may not have crossed your mind during the initial application process. You now have to choose between attending a school that has accepted you for the fall semester or waiting several months to attend your first-choice school. Depending on your priorities, the deferral may be a way of attending your top choice school rather than settling for what you consider the second best.

Graduation schedule
If you start college in the spring and continue on spring/fall schedule rather than the usual fall/spring one, you'll be on a different graduation schedule than the majority of college students. This could be beneficial to your job search. Fall graduates could have an advantage over other entry level job applicants who may not start applying for another few months. Consider the field you want to get into, and decide how the timing of your job search will impact your chances of beating out the competition

Student clubs and orientations
Many organizations do their student recruiting in the fall when most people are starting their school year. Similarly, freshmen orientation is typically held at the beginning of the first semester. Consequently, a spring entry could set you up for a low key campus welcome. However, there are ways to get involved in clubs and organizations even if you're unable to start at the same time as everyone else; and most schools hold orientation in the spring for new freshmen and transfer students. Talk to your admissions office for more information on how to get involved and properly adjusted.

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