Quote from spicern
When you say the process is way different from traditional college, what do you mean? I know the terms are broken up into 10 weeks but what else besides the terms length makes this program different? I hope to start at Bauder in Feb, and I do plan on furthering my education, still debating on the different routes also.
I have applied to Bauder for February also and to me the process is way different that a traditional college. I have two degrees from traditional public universities. The process for application was way less extensive. For example, out of high school I completed the application, paid the fee, sent transcripts, and scores, did the financial aid form. I got accepted and was then awarded financial aid. If you are full time you get full time financial aid, if part time you got part time financial aid.
At Bauder after the testing and app plus fee you have to complete all of this paper work. There were legal documents saying that you can't sue the school, and they add up the cost and have you sign it before you have transferred anything in. They seem to keep the financial part a little hidden, the class offerings and times are not freely avaiable. You don't get the option to purchase you own books (because believe me that is WAY CHEAPER to do) as I have learned after my first year of college that it is a total waste to purchase brand new books and now days you can rent them, have them on kindle or ebooks so you don't have to carry pounds of books around.
Plus with students who have graduated before you or completed a term before you, I am pretty sure that they would be willing to sell a book, uniform or whatever they no longer need. Then I may be mistaken but I think that once you take the classes there that they belong to the school and you can't transfer them to another school. And I think that you only have a few days or maybe a month after the semester starts to change your mind about going to the school. So say in 4th term you get in a car accident and hurt you back and can't continue school ,I think you will still have to pay the rest of the tuition because they have you sign a contract in the beginning because they total everything at once, as if you are purchasing a car or house.
I also agree with @catdawg about it being formatted as an accelerated program similar to the BSN. And the who transfer credit thing is the reason why I am taking my final science classes at a different school, just in case I can't get them from Bauder once I am done. The 10 weeks semester is probably ok, but just imagine a normal 16 week semester being condensed to 10 weeks, or a summer class of 12 weeks being only 10weeks, but from what I have researched Bauder is using a trimester system, which some college do use.
And another thing is that at my traditional colleges I didn't have to sign any contract or sign the financial aid before I was even accepted to the school. Like every time I talk to someone at the school they are congratulating me but I haven't received an acceptance letter. I am just curious to know about the people who are not accepted or those who have either quit the program or gotten kicked out. Just make sure you pay attention to what you are signing and ask questions.