The letter arrives: you didn’t make the cut.
It may feel like the end of the world, but it really isn’t. Speak to an academic advisor at the institution you applied to. Figure out why you were denied. Was it a low GPA? Maybe an incomplete or late application?
Most students are too bummed to even try, but talking to an advisor can increase your chances of getting in — if not for this semester, then the next one. Applicants are often rejected because there weren’t enough seats left. Typically, when this happens you can be added to a waitlist; if a student drops out, you’re next in line. This happens more often than people think; don’t rule it out.
Meeting with an advisor
If you want the advisor to work hard for you, come prepared. Demonstrate your interest and commitment to your education. Bring copies of your transcripts, student number, and a résumé. Most people apply to more than one institution, so if this school is your first choice, make a point out of saying so.
Repeating a course
An academic advisor can develop a plan with you to increase your grade point average. Maybe you didn’t do so well in Math 12, and that C- is holding you back. Most colleges and universities let you redo the course on campus. Make sure you know how your institution of choice calculates your GPA with repeated courses, as some schools will use the higher grade while others take an average of the two.
Get help with your homework
Make the second shot worthwhile by hiring a tutor or taking advantage of the institution’s free resources for extra help. Most schools have learning centres to provide assistance, and chances are the extra effort you put in will pay off. To find a tutor, ask the advisor if they have a list, go to the Student Union, or scan notice boards on campus for advertisements.
Go to college first then transfer to university
Colleges are a great way to start your post-secondary education. Many boast smaller classrooms, less expensive tuition fees, and an easier commute. Plus, you’ll save money living at home than living in campus dorms. Many colleges act as feeders to universities, so most of their courses will transfer for credit. However, it’s your responsibility to verify its transferability, so check before you take any course. Taking this route also means making sure your grades are in order, so confirm the university’s entrance requirements before you apply.
Take a year off
A post-secondary education will be one the largest investments you’ll ever make, so don’t take it lightly. Take time off to work, save money, and research all your possibilities.