The other day, I was fortunate enough to meet with an admissions representative from Cornell College. Cornell College, is a small liberal arts college located in Mt. Vernon, Iowa and is one of just five colleges across the US to offer a "one course at a time" format. Essentially, students at Cornell College take one course over a 3.5 week period before transitioning to another course. Students will take a total of 8 courses per year and meet all of their graduation requirements over a 4 year sequence. In the end, students are able to hone in on one subject and fully immerse themselves within the content of that course. To learn more about this unique program, click here.
Application season is in full swing and students are beginning to review transcripts only to find they are missing required coursework. To avoid any pitfalls along the way, please review the attached document which reviews the requirements of the UC and CSU systems in regards to A-G coursework.
I've written about test optional practices before, but grade optional is something that is pretty out of the ordinary when it comes to college admissions. However, if you have some blemishes on your record and are looking for more options, consider Goucher College. Goucher has a GVA- Goucher Video Application that allows applicants to submit a two minute video, two pieces of high school work and a brief application in lieu of test scores and grades. This option creates a great way for students to reflect themselves in a different light than is available through the traditional admissions process. To learn more about Goucher and the GVA, click here.