One of the great advantage of the North American educational system is having the possibility of starting college in the spring or in the fall. There are many reasons why students may choose to apply for the spring semester: some didn’t get accepted in their preferred school in the fall, some choose to take time off to travel or gain work experience, and others simply want more time to decide where to apply. Either way, the application process works exactly the same when you apply with Go Campus!
Many students who consider applying for the spring semester are worried about arriving on campus in the middle of the year. Although it is true that the January orientation might not include as many activities, and students who started in the fall will already have started to settle in and make friends, there are many other advantages to starting college in the spring!
More time to prepare
If you finished high school end of June and are starting university in August, it leaves you with very little time to organize the big move. Applying for the spring semester will give you more time to prepare yourself for the challenges ahead. You can use these few months to get yourself up to date academically, develop your sense of adventure through travelling, gain valuable work experience through an internship or even a job to help with the financial aspect of attending college in the USA. In the end, you will feel much more college-ready when the first day of class eventually comes.
Get your level of English up to date
If you are not able to take the TOEFL or IELTS, or if your level of English is not good enough to be directly enrolled in an undergraduate program, then starting in January with Go Campus is the best option for you! Depending on your level of English, you will have the possibility to complete a semester of ESL (English as a Second Language) during the spring semester and be ready to join the other undergraduate students in the fall. No time wasted!
Get a head start after graduation
Although many think of spring graduation as a late graduation, it can also be seen as an advantage when entering the job market. Since fewer graduate enter the job market in December, the competition for openings is less important. If you are looking to apply for a Master’s program the following fall, a spring graduation will also give you more time to prepare your GMAT/GRE and/or gained necessary work experience. A spring graduation thus gives you a head start on the next batch of graduates.