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Advice...getting Into College (Mature Student)  
User currently offlineyooyoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 50
Posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2037 times:

My wife is applying to get into a university course which is very popular in our our area and there are a limited number of spots available. I'm not sure how to phrase this but, are there any steps/actions that can be taken to make the university look "more closely" at her application?. She has a college diploma (Early childhood education) and 2 years University. She's so passionate about getting into this course so i want to source out whatever advantages i can for her.   
She's bright and articulate and like i said, passionate. She is trying to get into a communicative disorders assistant program and there are so many applicants, i'm just trying to see if there is any way for her to stand out above all others.

I realize it's a muddled question, but any help would be appreciated.


I am so smart, i am so smart... S-M-R-T... i mean S-M-A-R-T
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User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7780 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2025 times:

What type of program is this? Is there a separate application process to get into it beyond the general University admissions requirements? There are a lot of factors that can complicate these matters.


As an older non-traditional student she may be disadvantaged in the admissions process if the school does not really cater to or really care about non-trad students. I would say she should talk with the program director/coordinator of the program to both learn more about the program and program requirements but also figure out the answers to the questions she has.



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User currently offlinephotopilot From Canada, joined Jul 2002, 2737 posts, RR: 18
Reply 2, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1992 times:

Not sure about your particular University, but many have night-school courses offered to basically anybody that can pay. If she doesn't get in, tell her to take a couple of evening courses, then as an attending student, just transfer to the day program. That is generally easier than coming in directly from outside assuming her evening course marks are good. At least its a backup plan for you to consider if direct application fails.

User currently offlineyooyoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 50
Reply 3, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1953 times:

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 1):
I would say she should talk with the program director/coordinator of the program to both learn more about the program and program requirements but also figure out the answers to the questions she has.

This is being set up shortly.

Quoting photopilot (Reply 2):
If she doesn't get in, tell her to take a couple of evening courses, then as an attending student, just transfer to the day program

We'll keep that in mind. You fly the Cuban flag.....my wife just came back from there.  

Thanks for your input !



I am so smart, i am so smart... S-M-R-T... i mean S-M-A-R-T
User currently offlineiairallie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1902 times:

She should also talk to an advisor at her alma mater about how to improve her odds. Both my undergrad schools had pre-law advisors but they had more general advisors as well who were qualified to help with grad school advice. Also talk to the admissions staff at the school she is trying to get into. One last group of people to talk to are students who are in or have been in that program. They are a great resource.

This should go without saying but I've seen it happen so I'll just put it out there just in case she should be the one initiating this contact, talking to these people etc. not you.


User currently offlineBoeing744 From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1835 posts, RR: 23
Reply 5, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1833 times:

Quoting yooyoo (Thread starter):

Which University? What are the specific requirements? I'm an Ontario university student myself, and there are always PLENTY of mature students in my classes... However, I know some of them are just there to take single classes, so I don't know how much more difficult it would be to get into a degree or diploma program. The fact that she already has some University and College experience should help a lot as long as her grades were decent.

As for getting her application more closely looked at, I am not sure how that is possible. It could be different for mature applicants, but in Ontario you just do one application for ANY university you apply to for undergrad through the OUAC (Ontario Universities' Application Centre). It's a very "sterile" process. It makes things more simple and fair but it also makes it very difficult to express your qualities aside from sheer academic ability.

If all fails, I've heard a funny saying about Ontario schools: "If you can walk and talk, you can go to Brock... If you can walk and talk faster, you can go to McMaster!"

P.S. If your wife is applying to one of those don't take it the wrong way! Just a bit of University rivalry...

[Edited 2010-11-09 07:18:30]

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