Local Colleges (Non-Degree Seeking Student)

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Traditional bricks and mortar college campuses now offer students many different options for taking classes before enrolling as a Degree-Seeking Student. Not only do they allow a student to take one class at a time without the hurdles of Entering Freshman admissions policies, but the classes themselves have become more flexible and accommodating to the student with a busy schedule.

Just a generation ago, colleges primarily provided only 16-week semester-based courses for the spring and fall semesters, with a shortened semester in the summer. Today’s college students have many more options available to earn the credit hours they need. While traditional semester-based courses are still the norm, more and more course formats are being offered such as night and weekend programs, accelerated eight-week classes, one night a week classes, self-paced independent study courses and classes that begin every month or two instead of on traditional semester schedules.

Students should look in their own hometown at the colleges they have to choose from because they may save money on courses through residency discounts. They may also find themselves very surprised to see how flexible some local colleges have become. Many accept more CLEP and DSST’s credit as well as other ACE-approved courses. Some are also increasing the amount of credit students can transfer to their school and still receive a degree. Many colleges, especially private schools, are becoming more competitive in order to keep their classrooms full and maintain tuition income. They try to attract Non-Degree Seeking Students on their campuses with the hope they will later pick that college as their choice of graduating institutions.




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