Just sent. What might happen, I don’t know.


I was a student at UCLA from 1983 to 1987. In 1987 I was dismissed for poor academic performance, which was sadly an accurate assessment.

I am close (I do not know how close) to a degree in English, and I am interested in readmission and in completing my Bachelor’s degree.

According to http://www.registrar.ucla.edu/faq/readmissionfaq.htm there is an application. I have no other transcripts since 1987, so that won’t be an issue.

What should I expect from the procedure, and what other information should I gather? I’m very interested in this but also a bit intimidated.

Thanks in advance,


27 thoughts on “Just sent. What might happen, I don’t know.

  1. Dude, that it is excellent.
    Trust me, it’s really much easier the second time around… it really will surprise you how much more you know now than you did then… If there’s anything I can do to help, let me know…
    mojo sends


  2. That May Be Enough…
    The real challenge here is whether or not folks will honor any credits that were acrued over 20 years ago.
    So first things first, see what school you can get accepted into, and then start working with them about what their transfer credit problems may be.
    IF you can get back into UCLA, then see if they can do the right thing and honor their own credits.


    1. Re: That May Be Enough…
      This is a big, uninformed guess, but I’m pretty sure colleges honor credits that were earned, 10, 20 or 30+ years ago.
      My mom took the same ceramics class over and over again at a community college for fun a few years ago. Then the administration contacted her saying if she was a student for x number of semesters she needed to take a math class. My mom totally freaked out (as she’s SO un-mathy; she was an art major, hence the zillion ceramics classes) and sent her transcripts to the school to prove she had in fact taken the required math… 30-some years ago and at a different university. The credits were accepted and she continued to fill her house with homemade pots and mugs.
      ANYWAY, Conrad, awesome that you want to go back and finish. Very excellent for sure.


      1. Re: That May Be Enough…
        well, actually, NO!
        In the sixteen years that were my freshman years, that was not true. Colleges can opt to pick and choose what credits they will transfer.
        IF one goes to the same school there is the opportunity to run into the sort of case that occurred with your mother. But if you go to more than one school, then all bets are off…


  3. When I went back to take classes in preparation for grad school, not only was it easier, but my study habits were also a lot better than they had been. You’ll be totally fine if you can get through the administrative hurdles.
    and yeah, awesome.


  4. Re: That May Be Enough…
    I’ll wait and see what they think. It’s their own credits, so it’s their call.
    I believe based on what I’ve heard that they cut pretty good deals in these circumstances.


    1. Re: That May Be Enough…
      They might give you equivalence, when I transferred colleges the department chair sat down and said “We don’t offer these exact courses but this sounds like this” and so on.
      Some places will give you “life credits” too for being old and wise. And I cashed in the ham ticket on an electronics class.


      1. Re: That May Be Enough…
        Yep, Caldwell offers those “life credit” things based on some assessment related to the subject. When I transferred from Engineering to Criminal Justice, the only related class they gave me credit for was Statistics. But I got out of all the preliminary basic classes because I had finished my degree at NJIT.
        I suspect they will credit most of your classes since it’s the same school. If there were any classes that were upper level ones that have changed significantly, or you had a failure, they may ask you take those over.
        It sounds like an excellent idea and I wish you luck. I found that college was infinitely easier for me the second time around.


  5. aside from the bureaucracy, it’s easier and more fun than you think
    If you want to finish your degree at UCLA I’d be astonished if they didn’t honor their own, antiquated credits. I mean, they’d honor an antiquated B.A., wouldn’t they?
    On the other hand, if you want to transfer, transferring is usually a sticky process (even when twenty years don’t elapse in the meantime).


  6. What a wonderful, positive thing to do! Good luck! If you are readmitted, be sure to consider utilizing their Disability Services Center should you need any accommodation for aggravating brain troubles. You can register without requesting accommodation, and then you’re all set up should you later find that you could use one.


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