As you embark on your journey to find the school that best suits your post-high-school life, you may come across a term you’re unfamiliar with: open enrollment. If you’ve heard it before, it was probably when your parents were discussing healthcare or their 401ks, and those are a whole other can of worms.
Open enrollment schools refer to colleges that don’t have a stringent acceptance process. Anyone who has graduated high school is welcome to attend and acquire an education. Like most things in life, there are pros and cons to attending an open enrollment school, so we’ll delineate them here to help you get a better understanding and facilitate educated decision-making on your part.
1. Lessened discrimination. A lot of people hold the opinion that competitive schools don’t provide a fair opportunity to students from poverty-stricken areas, certain races/genders/incomes, et cetera. Allowing anyone to attend creates a school with impossibly broad horizons.
2. Lessened pressure. At schools with a competitive acceptance rate, students often feel very stressed out due to the pressure associated with maintaining their acceptances. Open enrollment schools don’t set the stakes so high, so often students find that they have a better attitude toward learning and are less stressed out.
3. A chance for everyone. Some students are led to believe that they simply don’t stand a chance at furthering their educations, whether it’s due to a learning disability or mistakes they’ve made in the past. These schools give students who haven’t always been academically-oriented a chance to prove themselves and, most importantly, a chance to follow their dreams.
1. Controversy. A lot of people believe that open enrollment schools must either lower their standards for education or increase their tuition in order to be successful. After all, how can a school take in so many students and still ensure that they’re all getting a good education? It’s up to the students to peruse the provided resources for college students the school they attend to ensure that the institution has its priorities in order, but you still may catch some flak from those who are uneducated about the system.
2. Discipline. You have to remember that, while you won’t fail out of this school, you are still paying for an education and it’s up to you to make the most of it. Just because you can take and re-take a course as many times as you wish, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t push yourself.
Points of consideration
1. Deadlines. With so many students applying, deadlines for these schools are often very strict, so it’s important to abide by them.
2. Your goals. Just because these schools have lower pressure doesn’t mean there’s nothing to lose. College is expensive any way you roll the dice, and it’s best to only attend when you’re certain about your drive to succeed.