By Purvi S. Mody
Question: My son just got his offer rescinded because he did not pass a course. What are our options at this point? Are there any schools that will take him?
Answer: This is undoubtedly a stressful time for you, but there are a few things your son should do. Have him talk to an admissions counselor at the school he was planning to attend about the possibility of taking the course again. There is a chance that the college will give him a conditional acceptance; assuming that he completes and passes an approved course, he may be able to attend in the Fall. If the college is not willing to consider an appeal, your son has a few options that will allow him to enroll in courses in September.
Consider Colleges You Were Accepted Into But Turned Down
If your son was accepted to others schools and he turned down those offers, it may also be worthwhile for him to contact those schools to find out if they are still accepting applications or if they might be willing to still offer your son a spot. Again, he’ll need to be very upfront about the non-passing grade and demonstrate a willingness to retake the course this summer as well.
Quickly Apply to Colleges With Rolling Admissions
Many people are often surprised to hear that colleges are still accepting applications. If you are contemplating having your son apply to other four year programs right now, do not wait. These schools are now using rolling admissions meaning that the sooner he applies, the sooner he will have a response. And as seats fill up, the chance of getting admitted decreases dramatically.
The National Association of College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) maintains a list of colleges that are still accepting applications. You can find that online at: www.nacacnet.org/space. If your son plans to pursue this option, before he applies, have him call the admissions offices of the schools you are considering and have a very honest conversation. Again, it’s important for him to be upfront about the recent non-passing grade. Tell him to ask about the option of summer courses. Remember: No one wants to want to go through the rigorous work of applying to colleges simply to receive denials.
Also, be very objective about your son’s chances of admissions. Just as you should have in the Fall, make sure that you help your son create a list of colleges that range in terms of difficulty of admissions. If he needs to get letters of recommendations and transcripts, contact your high school immediately before administrators and faculty leave for the summer.
Community College Transfer
This is a great option for students that did not do as well in high school and would like to have a second chance at applying to college. Transferring allows students to wipe the academic slate clean. When students apply for a traditional Junior Year Transfer, high schools grades and test scores are rarely even required on the application. Now this of course means that your son should do well at the community college to increase his choices two years from now. This may be your backup option, but it is not a bad option at all.
Don’t hesitate to research your options. While the sting of the offer getting rescinded might still be fresh, you just don’t have time to waste. More importantly, this setback does not have to negatively impact your son’s longer term goals. He might just a different route than originally anticipated. Good Luck!
Purvi S. Mody is co-owner of Insight Education, an educational consulting firm that helps students throughout the country and internationally to achieve their educational goals. Get in touch with her via email at email@example.com or follow her on Twitter @InsightEduc.