Backdoor admission

I recently received word from a client I worked with who attends an early college high school in Laredo. We were disappointed in March when he did not receive a favorable admissions decision.

However, since he was dual enrolled in college courses, he completed more than 24 college hours along with his high school diploma. This is a common arrangement.

His high school GPA put him around the 75th percentile of his class, but his college GPA hovered at a 3.6. A 3.6 GPA is the average for the typical admit through the transfer process.

In March, we worked together and I suggested that he appeal his decision, not to be reconsidered as a first-time freshman or through any error, but through the pool of transfer applicants given his excess of 24 hours.

My advice went like this, “I want to request reconsideration for admission in Fall 2016 as a transfer student. I am requesting my first choice major of Undergraduate Studies and my second choice major of Government in Liberal Arts. I feel that my college record reflects my academic abilities more than my class rank and test scores. I would like to be considered in the transfer applicant pool.” He then went on to state his number of college hours and GPA.

His appeal to be considered as a transfer student received approval. Appealing to be considered as a transfer student isn’t always successful nor guaranteed, but it is one little-known but viable channel to be admitted. Admissions reconsidered his application by only including his college GPA in the Academic Index and not his high school rank or test scores.

It is important to note that this only works for dual credit. Even if a student could have in excess of 24 hours from AP or IB credit, you can only claim credit once you enroll at UT. Therefore, students in that situation would not be eligible.

Now that admissions decisions for transfer students are rolling out, he received the fantastic news today that he was admitted! We are very pleased that we exhausted all available channels and he can attend the university of his dreams.

Kevin MartinAppeals