What Every College Applicant Should Know as 2012 Begins

Barry Lenson

What Every College Applicant Should Know as 2012 Begins

What Every College Applicant Should KnowAs we start 2012, let’s take a look at some common misconceptions about college.

  • Misconception #1: You have already missed the deadlines to take the SAT or the ACT tests, so you can’t start college this year. That’s bunk. A number of traditional colleges are now making standardized tests optional.  For a list of them, CLICK HERE. And don’t forget that you can enroll in any course you want at StraighterLine without taking standardized tests ahead of time.
  • Misconception #2: It’s too late to start college in 2012 because you’ve already missed application deadlines. That’s bunk too. You can start your freshman studies right now, by enrolling in StraighterLine’s Freshman Year College Plan for $999 program. And you have other options too, such as applying to colleges that offer rolling admissions, or to community colleges.
  • Misconception #3: If you weren’t a straight A student in high school, you’re going to graduate from a second-rate college. This is beyond bunk. Even if you are a late bloomer, you can still graduate from a top college or university. You have several ways to do it. One is to go to a community college and then transfer to a good state school in your state or elsewhere. Don’t overlook online learning either. So don’t worry about the past. Start moving forward.
  • Misconception #4: If you don’t already have tons of money saved up, you can’t start college in 2012. That’s bunkissimo! You can start completing credit-worthy classes at StraighterLine without having a Daddy Warbucks bankroll.
  • Misconception #5: You need to delay college If you are working a job or parenting, or in the military. If you pick the right program of online learning, you can complete your coursework around your current schedule. You don’t need to put your educational dreams on hold. You can start learning now.

So if your New Year’s resolutions include earning a college degree, you are not too late. And yes, you can get started today.

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