Q: Hi I recently applied to Brooklyn College and was turned down (eek!) because I had a 277 GED score as opposed to 300. When I was 17 I left school to help support my family, then taught myself programming, and went to Chubb where I got a perfect (4.0) GPA in Web Development and Business programming. Since then I've worked numerous real world projects http://members.aol.com/tuvsnyder/port.html Now that I'm independant, my primary reason right now for going to college is for both the experiance, meet new people, and to eventually get a Masters in Computer Science. I spoke to the admissions counselor, and he said that I may have to start from scratch! So two questions: 1) Should I go to a community college for a semester, do well, and then transfer to a Brooklyn or NYU? How can I get over this GED stigma? 2) Do I have any hope of getting any credits shaved off, the comp sci program, or should I maybe take something like computer information sciences being that I already am so familier with CS?
A: If you majored in ISE it seems feasible that you could get a lot of credits shaved off. I know that at Stonybrook you can simply take a "challenge exam" to get credit for classes. You can get up to 30 credits by these exams, so you could effectively cut out one year of school (and jump straight into CS/ISE 300 and 400 level courses) and probably get out of school within 3 years if you work diligently (or 2 years if you attended summers). If you want to go the compsci route, there will be a lot more theory and math involved. I don't know how you feel about that. With that said, I'd say a semester at a community college with good grades and you'd be able to go to a SUNY/CUNY and do fine. A semester of good grades would probably erase the ged stigma. You write well, so you might wanna try taking the SAT, I'm guessing (based on what's on your website, and how you write) that if you studied a little you could do well enough to make schools forget your ged score. ...and one last thing: NYU school of continuing Education. This is an effective back-door into NYU, spend just 1 year there and you'll be able to transfer into NYU's school of arts and sciences
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