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Old 09-01-2010, 08:14 AM   #1
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Am I too old to start college? Could I even get accpted?

I'm 28, got a GED after like 10th grade. I have no idea what my GPA was, but I'm sure it was pretty low. I was never interested in school and didn't make any effort at all. I flunked 9th grade, then my second freshman year I hit a gym teacher with a football and got sent off to alternative school where I slacked off a bit more and then got my GED after a few years.

Things I am interested in:

astronomy
biology
physics
computer science
music production

And I guess I have a relative who does SAT ... coaching? So I might be able to get some coaching through him imo.

I dunno though, I feel like it's kind of a pipe dream. I mean I'm almost 30 ****ing years old and and really pissed off school, so I don't know if going to college is a realistic goal or not.


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Old 09-01-2010, 11:03 AM   #2
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Re: Am I too old to start college? Could I even get accpted?

Of course you can go back to college. Your best bet would be to start at a community college and transfer to a four-year school. They don't look at your high school grades or require SAT scores so admission shouldn't be a problem. My suggestion would be to visit a few of the ccs in your area and talk to the advisors there.

Fwiw I always see at least a couple of people in their late 20s/early 30s in my classes. Most of them seem to take school much more seriously than the younger, "traditional" students and as a whole tend to do very well.
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Old 09-01-2010, 11:06 AM   #3
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Old 09-01-2010, 11:29 AM   #4
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Re: Am I too old to start college? Could I even get accpted?

yup, one of the coolest dudes i've met in a class here at michigan was 29/30 and on a path similar to your own (although he stopped off in the military between 18-24)
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Old 09-01-2010, 11:30 AM   #5
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Re: Am I too old to start college? Could I even get accpted?

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Old 09-01-2010, 01:54 PM   #6
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I'm a 2p2 admin and I have a bunch of those ___ for dummies books. EZ game


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Old 09-01-2010, 04:19 PM   #7
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Re: Am I too old to start college? Could I even get accpted?

I'm also 28 and just had my second day of class after not being in school since i was 22. college is awesome! you should totally take some classes at a community college, and if it goes well, in 2 years you can transfer to a 4 year college and then you can go get a masters and then a PHD and by the time you are 40 people will have to call you "doctor."

or at least take a semester or two of community college classes and see if you really do want to go back to school.
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Old 09-01-2010, 05:34 PM   #8
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Re: Am I too old to start college? Could I even get accpted?

It's not a problem to go back to college. I just started College and we have a 35 year-old guy from the bronx who emigrated to the Netherlands and is now starting Civil Engineering with us. It is definitely weird because we are in a completely different state of mind, but there is no animosity between him and others.
Just don't expect to be invited to all the sick parties thrown (at least initially) if you even want that.
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Old 09-01-2010, 05:44 PM   #9
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Re: Am I too old to start college? Could I even get accpted?

i have about 4 people per class that are your age
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Old 09-01-2010, 07:54 PM   #10
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would highely recommend using community colleges to blow through the Gen ed requirements. it would suck to be an older creepy dude taking gen ed with 18, 19 yr olds at a traditional 4 year school
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Old 09-02-2010, 12:53 AM   #11
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yeah, no problem going back to school any time really - you already have a lot better sense of what you like and don't like than the average 18 year old freshman.
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Old 09-02-2010, 02:25 AM   #12
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Absolutely go to college! First of all, after you graduate, your degree will make you more money than a regular non-degree job.
Secondly, there are a ton of people at my school that are older than you and have kids and are trying to make a better life for themselves. If you want to do it, then do it. There's a guy in one of my philosophy classes that already has a BS in psychology, hated his job, and now he's back to get a new degree, and he's like 29. And my step-dad went back to school in his late 20s and said it was the best decision he ever made.
+1 to community college/transfer option. Totally worth it.
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Old 09-02-2010, 02:27 AM   #13
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yup, one of the coolest dudes i've met in a class here at michigan was 29/30 and on a path similar to your own (although he stopped off in the military between 18-24)
Oh yeah and this. Tons of ex-military guys doing the exact same thing.
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Old 09-02-2010, 02:39 AM   #14
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Of course you can go back to college. Your best bet would be to start at a community college and transfer to a four-year school. They don't look at your high school grades or require SAT scores so admission shouldn't be a problem. My suggestion would be to visit a few of the ccs in your area and talk to the advisors there.

Fwiw I always see at least a couple of people in their late 20s/early 30s in my classes. Most of them seem to take school much more seriously than the younger, "traditional" students and as a whole tend to do very well.
this. get your AA at a CC and transfer to a public uni ez game
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Old 09-02-2010, 01:10 PM   #15
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Re: Am I too old to start college? Could I even get accpted?

can you get funding for community college also or just standard 4 year schools?

(I pretty much know absolutely nothing about college obv)
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Old 09-02-2010, 01:10 PM   #16
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would highely recommend using community colleges to blow through the Gen ed requirements. it would suck to be an older creepy dude taking gen ed with 18, 19 yr olds at a traditional 4 year school

I like 18 and 19 year olds ... would they think I'm old and creepy?


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Old 09-02-2010, 01:11 PM   #17
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You would be the average age at my local CC. You can transfer to a 4 year school and get the same bachelors degree as everyone else. Go for it.
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Old 09-02-2010, 01:15 PM   #18
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ah, another question!


Can you get financial aid if your income is from poker? That doesn't disqualify you does it?
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Old 09-02-2010, 03:35 PM   #19
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ah, another question!


Can you get financial aid if your income is from poker? That doesn't disqualify you does it?
depends on the school. What college are you looking at attending? My school (wisconsin) has a connections program that will place you in a CC for two years and will auto accept you if you meet the minimum standards they set for you.

Also if you have any other questions on fin aid, i work in the fin aid office, so i'll be happy to help.
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Old 09-02-2010, 04:59 PM   #20
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Re: Am I too old to start college? Could I even get accpted?

University of Central Oklahoma I suppose.

... not sure about which CC though.

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Old 09-02-2010, 06:08 PM   #21
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at least it won't be expensive
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Old 09-02-2010, 11:28 PM   #22
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too old to go to college? no such thing. Most colleges now a days are full of old people (way older than you). They'll take in anybody they just want the money.
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Old 09-03-2010, 02:01 AM   #23
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The avg age of a CC student is 27-28, so no, you're not too old. Have fun.
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Old 09-03-2010, 09:10 PM   #24
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Re: Am I too old to start college? Could I even get accpted?

I'm 26 and just started, my story is almost the same as yours. So far no one has cared about my age. I'm majoring in electrical engineering starting at community college and transfering in 2 years. This might be a good option for you if your high school transcript is really bad like mine is.
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Old 09-04-2010, 02:31 AM   #25
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Re: Am I too old to start college? Could I even get accpted?

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I'm 28, got a GED after like 10th grade. I have no idea what my GPA was, but I'm sure it was pretty low. I was never interested in school and didn't make any effort at all. I flunked 9th grade, then my second freshman year I hit a gym teacher with a football and got sent off to alternative school where I slacked off a bit more and then got my GED after a few years.

Things I am interested in:

astronomy
biology
physics
computer science
music production

And I guess I have a relative who does SAT ... coaching? So I might be able to get some coaching through him imo.

I dunno though, I feel like it's kind of a pipe dream. I mean I'm almost 30 ****ing years old and and really pissed off school, so I don't know if going to college is a realistic goal or not.
No, you're not too old. Your best bet is to go to a community college for two years and then transfer to a university.

My high school experience was somewhat similar to what you described. I was a lazy **** in those days. I lucked out and found a good paying job and worked there for 7 years before quitting to go back to school.

I quit my job a few years ago to go back to school. I did the community college thing and transferred to NCSU for aerospace engineering in May. I'm 31, so being older and getting into a good school is not a pipe dream as long as you're willing to work hard.

Quitting my job to go back to school was the best decision I ever made.

Before you jump into it, you really need to have a clearer idea of what you want to pursue a degree in. That decision will steer you in the right direction about what classes to take at the community college.

If you have decent grades when you go to transfer your age can work in your favor when applying. It did for me anyways.
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