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So many questions!! Ha! I just took the TEAS and passed with 75%. Do they take that or do I need to study more and retake it? How hard are the classes? By hard I mean are they actually being taught or is it just some teacher reading power points and then you figure the rest out on your own? Do you happen to know any military members/ spouses in the program? I would love to get their opinion on the GI Bill process. Thanks again!! I really appreciate you!
Hmm...I don't know about the TEAS score. I took the HESI, and since last June, the admission requirements have changed, and I'm not sure what they are. You can look in the school catalogue online to find out. As far as class difficulty goes, they're pretty hard. Again, 9 week terms makes it really fast paced. You'll have to study a lot. I put in about 40 hours a week on top of working and my kids. You're reviewing chapters of material in one class period, so it's important to read ahead and come to class with any points you need clarified. This is not a school where you are someone stands at the front of the class and regurgitates information while you take notes. Because the classes only meet once a week, they streamline the lectures, and a lot of the professors post in-depth lecture videos on blackboard for you to watch at home and take notes from. Class time is more like a teach-back session where the instructo lectures on concepts that people are struggling with. As far as military goes, about 50% of the people in my classes are veterans. I can't really speak to their experience with the GI Bill, but I haven't really heard any complaints.
My best advice about WCU is to take whatever you can before you get in, especially since they don't accept transfer credits after you start the program. This is mainly because once you're admitted, they set up your degree plan from admission to graduation. So you know what classes are up next, you just don't know what days/times they will be. Even though the overall price tag seems overwhelming, I haven't taken out any private loans. I've only used federal aid and scholarships
, both private and through WCU. So my debt won't be any higher than anyone else who went to college and utilized FinAid.
Again, easier to get in doesn't mean easier program. You have to work your butt off to stay in, and fall behind on reading? You're screwed. Just like any other program, have a support system. That helps a LOT.
Personally, I like WCU. I've had a great experience there so far. I had a 92 on my HESI and a 3.75 GPA. I could have applied to a traditional school, but I chose WCU because of the accelerated pace and the block schedule. Being able to work and go to school was crucial for me.