My response was, "I know how difficult college rejection can be and I understand your concern about the future. Do not take the rejection personally. There are simply too many qualified students applying for a limited number of spaces at many schools.. I always encourage students to have at least two or three colleges or universities on their list where I feel quite confident they will be accepted. Sometimes even the best college planning leaves students disappointed."
However, there are a few different steps you might want to take:
2. Consider attending a community college for a semester or two and take some of your core classes. It is a good and inexpensive way to get some of your requirements taken care of and if you make good grades, you can transfer to any number of colleges or universities. It is often easier to get into a school as a transfer student than it is as a freshman. With your high school GPA, you should be able to do well.
3. Sometimes state universities have classes that you can take for credit if they are not filled by other freshmen students. You will need to talk with the admissions office at a particular school, but it is worth a try. They may have, for example, a college algebra class that still has three seats available after registration. Some colleges are eager to fill these empty seats and you may be able to take some core curriculum classes this way. Sometimes universities may even have dorm rooms that are available.
I hope this gives you some ideas. College admissions does not always go the way we expect it to, but neither does life.
Susie Watts is an private college counselor and the founder of College Direction in Denver, Colorado. To receive the free monthly College Direction newsletter, go to http://www.collegedirection.org. There is advice on college planning, paying for college, college majors, and college admissions trends. Susie assists students with their college search, applications and essays, and provides college counseling throughout the college admissions process.