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DeVry is literally my only option

  1. Apr 11, 2013 #1
    I have been rejected by every major university that I have applied to. UT, A&M, Baylor, Rice, even UH. I am considering going to DeVry to get my degree, either that or a junior college or a community college. Should I go for it guys? I'm currently a senior in high school with a 2.3 GPA.
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  3. Apr 11, 2013 #2


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    If you go to community college for a couple of years and get a good GPA, you should be able to get into a decent 4-year university to finish a BS. Your track record at the CC will outweigh your poor HS GPA.
  4. Apr 11, 2013 #3
    With a 2.3 you didn't have a chance at those schools. Those are the top schools in Texas. Try some smaller in state schools. Texas has a ton! I would make Devry your last option.

    Here is a small list.
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    You got some bad advice when it came to applying for colleges. You never had a shot at those schools. You might have gotten into some of the lower ranked state schools, but you should have been aiming for a community college from the beginning. DeVry is to be avoided at all costs. Community colleges are better and cheaper.
  6. Apr 11, 2013 #5
    The bad thing is I spent upwards of $300 just in application fees. I now have no money to apply anywhere else.

    The funny thing is, im only like five spots out of the top ten percent in my class. I was close to getting in from the top percent rule.
  7. Apr 11, 2013 #6
    You were nearly in the top ten percent with a 2.3 GPA? That seems odd...
  8. Apr 11, 2013 #7
    Moderately sized rural school.
    Competition is almost dead here.
    Not to mention nobody really goes to college here and therefore nobody tries in school.

    Also, its not that im an idiot, I just partied too hard in my first two years and ended up with a 1.8 GPA. I did not have my priorities straight at the time.
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  9. Apr 11, 2013 #8
    And yet you expect schools to just admit you? Why would they?

    You know what to do. Go to a community college and start from the bottom. I had to do the same thing - I had a sub 2 GPA in high school at some point.
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    Which means you got a 2.8 in your last two years. That's also not going to get you into Rice, I am afraid.
  11. Apr 11, 2013 #10
    I have no personal experience with this strategy, but several reliable sources tell me it can work. It's also typically less expensive than 4-5 years at a university. In some cases, it might even be a better learning experience! Introductory classes at universities are often huge and poorly-taught, especially in mathematics and physics.
  12. Apr 11, 2013 #11
    Do the community college route. That's the best thing to do. Study hard and don't overwhelm yourself.
  13. Apr 11, 2013 #12
    I think you shouldn't even go to school until you can give yourself a good reason to believe you are ready to go.
  14. Apr 11, 2013 #13
    I just got accepted to the University of Arkansas as a CC transfer student with a 2.6 gpa, but I had a 4.0 in high school but was only 75th in my class(we ranked on a 100 point scale). Point being, though I had a 4.0 in high school, taking most of the advanced class, and about 30hours of dual credit, and I still managed to let my gpa get dangerously low in college. You're going to have to work pretty hard to keep your gpa at an acceptable level in even CC.
  15. Apr 12, 2013 #14
    What's the deal with DeVry? I'm not from the US, so I have no clue. Is it one of those schools with flashy adverts a la Saul Goodman on TV and the papers?
  16. Apr 12, 2013 #15
    Should I just drop out of high school instead? I'm failing some classes right now.
    I think I have a better shot at pursuing my dream without a high school degree than attempt to go to college.
  17. Apr 12, 2013 #16
    What is your dream?
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    You've neglected to indicate explicitly in your posts what it is that you intend to do, or major in.

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    I would suggest going to a CC for a couple years first for two reasons. It can help ease the transition from HS to college. If you stay at a CC for 2+ years chances are the colleges you apply to will only ask for your CC transcripts. Which basically "covers up" your HS records.
  21. Apr 12, 2013 #20
    Don't give up. Like I said, I once had a sub 2 GPA in high school (not because I was stupid, but because I was very anti-social and went to a horrible school). I never thought I would go to college, let alone major in physics (I failed a math class; see reason above). I decided to start applying only at the end of my senior year. I was very lucky to have gotten accepted into a small liberal arts college. I worked from the bottom up. Four years later, here I am, typing this during my internship. o:)
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    Why would you drop out? That makes no sense.

    The military wont even take you without a HS diploma.

    I had a 1.9 GPA in high school, mainly because it bored the **** out of me. I joined the military afterwards and regretted being so damn lazy ever since. Even though I had a good job as an "electrical engineer" afterwards i still regretted never finishing college. I went to a community college in California, was also bored as hell, but kept a 4.0 GPA. I was then able to transfer to uc San Diego for physics. I quit my job and couldn't be happier.

    Go to a CC. Hell, even though your GPA isn't great if you score well enough on the SAT/ACT you might get in some decent 4 year schools anyway. Don't go to one of these profit university's like devry, it's a waste of time and money. You'll graduate with a junk degree.
  23. Apr 12, 2013 #22
    Do you have some aversion to a community college?

    There's no shame in it at all. Not only will going to a CC save you money, but when you transfer to a four-year university, your grades in those classes at CC likely won't affect your university GPA, which would be advantageous as you try to adjust your study methods and get better grades, especially in your case.
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