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HELP!: University of Akron Distance versus Traditional Program

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Today I was taken off of the waitlist at WVU. I have a baby and ever since I was placed on the waitlist for WVU, I became more eager about doing an online program. I have a week to accept or deny my admission, so I'm having a hard time deciding what to do. It makes it hard to decide since University of Akron doesn't even start interviews/accepting until end of July-August. This is a loaded post but... 1) Does anyone know much about University of Akron's distance program? 2) Do you think it is wrong of me to accept at WVU and potentially back out at the last minute if I get accepted to the online program? Part of me wants to do that, but the other part of me thinks of how much work this may entail and how unfair it may be to other students hoping to hear back. I need insight. :( Thanks in advance! :)

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You have a baby and now are taking on grad school. I have 3 kids and believe me it's hard to do it all. I've heard good things about UOA distance. I'm doing my program at NYU online and I love it! I don't think it would be that horrible to accept and then decline if you get into the distance program. The spot will not go unclaimed. I've read many happy stories of people getting last minute acceptances. The biggest advantage to distance learning is the ability to fit your work in when you can. If you are disciplined you will do great! This is your journey, it has to be the experience that you want it to be, and what would be best for your family! Good luck, I wish you much success no matter where you decide to go! 😊

 

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Thank you so much! I would much rather do the distance program to be home with my daughter, but I’m afraid of turning down my current acceptance. I’m glad you’ve heard good things about UOA’s distance program! NYU seems like such a good program but the cost of it was a huge no for me. Why is it so expensive?! 😕

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It's crazy expensive, but I'm going to suck it up and work a full and a part time job after graduation to pay it off!  Our professors are ridiculously accomplished. I did my undergraduate at a state school in Connecticut and I hated the clinic. It was disgustingly dirty , outdated, and they had some sketchy supervisors. I wanted the to the chance to experience a state of the art big city clinic. We get to do 4 day intensive sessions there before doing clinicals in our own state. I was going to apply to UOA but the application cycles didn't match up for me. I was afraid of the online format, but it works great if you're a mom! 

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This is just my opinion, I do not know anything about either school. I would accept the offer you have now (just to be on the safe side), and if you do get accepted into the distance program (and it is still what you want) go for it. Honestly, all those spots (that students turn down) are always taken by a potential student. I know of a school that started calling students from the rejected list, so do not feel bad about the school at all. A student will take your spot, if that is what worries you because each graduate program has to have a number of students in the class. As selfish as it may sound, this is about YOU and your future and what you make of your time in graduate school, so focus on you. :) Hope this helps a bit.

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I don't see a problem in accepting then declining later on if you get into Akron. I heard good things about their online program. My friend loves it. Also, if you do end up declining, they will just add someone from the waitlist and that someone will be very happy, so no worries!

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