When That Big-Time College Doesn’t Work Out

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This is the time of year – after all the holiday celebrations are done and the decorations put away – when college students head back to school.

Or do they? According to research by Complete College, only 19 percent of college students complete their bachelor’s degrees in the “traditional” four years.

Some are overwhelmed with academic challenges. Others simply can’t justify, or even afford, the high cost of tuition, room and board. Many just need a break.

And that’s OK. Today’s “traditional” student is now in the minority, while what we used to call “non-traditional students” make up the majority of college attendees.

What is important is that you continue your education in some way while you take a break from the school where you started. That’s where a local, two-year, open-admission college comes into play. In Greater Cincinnati, we have a few such colleges – Chatfield College being one of them. At any of these schools, credits earned will likely transfer to any other college or university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. At Chatfield, a private, faith-based school, we have articulation agreements with 24 other colleges, which means they’ve reviewed and pre-approved our classes for transfer credit.

Two-year colleges are affordable, too. At Chatfield, students are eligible for Ohio College Opportunity Grants, as well as privately endowed scholarships available to those with the initiative to apply.

So if all the excitement of big-time college football or basketball has worn off, and the days of dorms and food courts are behind you, or even temporarily on hold, you can continue your education at a school where teaching and learning happens. Our students are the reason we are here, and all our efforts are directed toward making you successful.

If you plan to work full-time this semester, consider taking a single class to keep your head in the game. We can handle that. If you want to pursue your associate’s degree with us, even better. Or if you thought you never had the chance to go to college, it’s not too late.

It’s OK to take your time, but don’t ever give up.

Click here to have one of our admissions counselors call you with more information.

-John Tafaro,
President of Chatfield College