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Will a Year in Rehab Affect my College Admission Chances?

Topic: Admissions | Asked by: Anonymous | Asked on 06/17/2010

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Chances are that it will probably not. The college will probably be happy to have you pay them. Having other criteria is a good way to get into college. Join clubs and sports. Also, make sure your grades are high.

Answered by: Average Joe V. | about 4 years ago
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It probably will but just how heavily a college weighs on it depends. You'll have to write about rehab and explain everything. Though I still think colleges will weigh more on your grades and tests scores for admission. You will get into college, that's not a problem. More prestigious schools may look down on it but there are schools who really embrace people who have gone through tough times in their lives.

Answered by: Sea Whale H. | about 4 years ago
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No, it should not. Colleges want people from all sorts of backgrounds. They want to know your struggles and how you dealt with it. I would write about the rehab as the application essay because it's pretty powerful. It will also show what type of person you are. It's not what you were but what you have become!

Answered by: Mylittlep Ony H. | about 4 years ago
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Did you miss a year of high school as a result of the rehab? Was it a court inforced rehab? These items will make a difference. If it is not on your criminal record, and if you did not miss a year of high school, then the college you are applying for may not know that you were even in rehab.

Answered by: Mighty Spidey L. | about 4 years ago
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Generally you will need to explain why you have taken time off from school or not attended college right away. It is best if this time is spent constructively, but it does not ruin your chances if you are doing something like attending rehab. One of the most important things that an admissions officer must see is that you have learned valuable life lessons and you are determined not to go down that path again. Applying for college shows that you are serious about attending but it also might help if some of your references talked about your passion for learning and receiving a higher education. Make sure you are open and honest about your experience and that will give you the best chance at getting into the university.

Answered by: Jessica Al22 D. | about 4 years ago
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That really depends on where you are applying, how good your grades in high school were, and how serious about college you are. But if you play it the right way, I think it could even help you get into college (provided your application is well done and well written). A year in rehab might seem like it would count against you at first, but you need to take the opportunity of rehab to grow as a person and to learn from your mistakes. When you apply to college again, you need to explain why you took the year off. You will probably have to write an essay on it, so be contrite and honest about why you were in rehab. Make a point in your essay to say something that makes it obvious that you were not behaving yourself as you should have been before hand, but that you really, really learned from rehab. Treat rehab as as second chance at life (which it is), and make a point of that in your explanation. You want to let the college know that you're not perfect, but that you're a good learner and that your year in rehab has only made you more eager to go to college. Emphasize how much you learned--College admissions people LOVE a reformed sinner. They also love someone who wants to learn. It was a miracle that my mom graduated from undergrad (she preferred to party rather than go to class, but who among us doesn't), and she had to apply to graduate school 10 years later. Although her transcript was far from perfect, she sent a long letter to the graduate school explaining that she had grown up since then, that she was really interested in this program, and that she would prove herself if they gave her a chance. Luckily for her, they did--on her graduation day, the director came up to her and said that she pegged my mom as a total risk admission, but that she was glad she let her in to see her succeed. I don't see why the same situation wouldn't be possible for someone coming out of rehab. Good luck to you!

Answered by: Elleygirley B. | about 4 years ago
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A year in rehab may have an effect on your college admissions chances, depending on the college you___re applying to and how you handle it. Some colleges do have great legal lead way in their admission discretion. If you walk into a college with guilt or defeat on your face, you are most likely to reflect that in your chances at college success. However, if you walk in with a sense of pride for your accomplishments and achievement you will exude dedication. Some smaller colleges may have an issue with rehab students, but don___t let that discourage you. Apply to the medium to larger universities and let them no right off; you had a battle and won. You may want to use supplementary areas on the application (where they ask for any additional information), ask for a one on one with the admissions agent, or write an essay explaining your journey. Make sure your point out where you came from, but don___t___ dwell on it, highlight your ability to meet diversity and overcome. The right college will not only respect you candid approach, but they may be very interested in students who have life experience and perseverance. Remember, you went through rehab and you are not applying as an addict___ you are applying as a survivor. You___re a strong force that can excel at anything that comes their way. Besides, isn___t self discovery half of the entire college experience? What college would not be ecstatic to introduce you to their campus?

Answered by: Sanityrose T. | about 4 years ago
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I'm assuming you mean alcohol drug rehab here. It shouldn't have any effect at all. What may affect your chances is any crimes you may have been convicted of as a result of your drug or alcohol use, especially if the convictions were felony convictions. If you're in a situation where you have a drug offense record, what you need to do is show evidence that it's in the past and will not be repeated. You can do this by showing evidence of good grades and leadership in the community.

Answered by: Null Terminator N. | about 4 years ago
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Depending on the college that you may be trying to attend, you may be admitted however it will be under a delay admission. This is due to the large amount of students that are enrolled in the college. Many colleges do not look at your Rehab stay, unless it was court ordered or you were arrested, in which many colleges may not accept you due to charges that incurred in jail. If you went into Rehab willingly then other then the delay entry you should have nothing to worry about when it comes to gaining Admission into the college.

Answered by: All Incorp O. | about 4 years ago
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I don't think a year in rehab will affect college admissions, although a drug charge can affect financial aid receipt so make sure you talk to them. Make sure that they understand that you are taking it one day at a time and are hopeful about the future. Explain how college will help your chances at recovery.

Answered by: Zolty F. | about 4 years ago
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It depends on whether the year took place before you first went to the college or after. If before, there is a possibility it will if you are trying to get into a very selective school. However, also note that schools usually have special scholarships and aid for students in your situation. Schools offer money and help if you keep out of the bad habits which got you into rehab. When applying, put it under the category of personal hardship. If you were already going to the school before rehab occurred, it should not affect your college because you were already accepted. However, if the reason for rehab occurred on campus, the school can choose to kick you out.

Answered by: Mayell U. | about 4 years ago
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It depends on the college and program for which you apply and how the rehabilitation has affected you. If it affect you previous grades and you have a lower GPA, then it could possibly affect your scores and acceptance rates. If you are going into a field such as social services or drug and alcohol counseling, having real-life experience could help your chances on getting into this type of program. Most likely, the college won't know about your rehab unless you tell them. If the program does a criminal background check and you have something on your record due to the drug or alcohol abuse and subsequent rehab, you may need to explain it to them. It all depends on the program and school in which you choose to apply.

Answered by: Ker239 C. | about 4 years ago
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Rehab shouldn't affect your admission chances as long as you prove that you aren't going to relapse. Emphasize how rehab helped you and how college will help you. You need to be concerned with any criminal record you might have.

Answered by: Zolty F. | about 4 years ago
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Generally this won't be a problem if you handle it correctly. Admission offices are aware that people have issues. The worst thing you can do is be deceitful about it. If you have to explain why you missed a year, explain honestly the situation and stress how you are resolving the issue and you should be ok.

Answered by: Bitchstewie U. | about 4 years ago
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Yes, it could negatively affect your college admission chances, especially if admissions officers aren't convinced that you have really changed your ways and if the rehab was a court-ordered punishment in connection with a conviction. Talk to a guidance counselor at your school about how to best present your rehab time without it hurting your chances of admission. Generally, you will want to use the personal statement (or one of the other essays) to specifically address the time in rehab. Show through your writing that you learned from your mistakes and that you are more mature now and are ready to handle the challenges of college in a healthy way. Also, if you can get some really good teacher recommendations attesting to how you've really matured both academically and personally, that would help to mitigate the damage caused by a stint in rehab.

Answered by: Mem4dr A. | about 4 years ago
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A year in rehab should not affect your admission chances. However, if you were charged with a crime that could affect your placement for financial aid. Check the local laws for your area.

Answered by: Zolty F. | about 4 years ago
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A year in rehab will not affect your chances. Colleges weigh much more on grades and SAT scores. You'll have to explain on your application about your rehab though.

Answered by: Cheesycake D. | about 4 years ago
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I do believe by law,you cannot be rejected or not be allowed to attend school because of medical problems,and Rehab is a medical issue.But,do keep in mind,that often times judgments will be made,and sometimes,most times,they are made behind your back and can have an impact on your experience in any given school.If this rehab is for some kind of drug or alcohol problem, you and your doctor are the only ones who need to know the situation.You have rights,and never ever have to speak about it to anyone,including school officials.So,my answer to your question is NO.Go get yourself well,and then go enjoy college in a healthy way.You cannot give something your all,when you have fixing to do within you.Good luck!

Answered by: Jimm 43 I. | about 4 years ago
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Frankly, I'm afraid it might - however it could go one of several different ways, depending on how the admissions board sees it. It can be viewed as a pure negative, sure, but it also demonstrates that you are motivated to undertake a great deal of self improvement and it might make you more mature and goal oriented than a typical incoming candidate. The most significant factor will still be your grades, above all else.

Answered by: Mixtape C. | about 4 years ago
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This is really interesting and I am not sure. I would apply to all the colleges you are interested in anyway. The application will ask about rehab and just be honest about the situation. Explain the story behind it and maybe the college wouldn't factor in that too much. It's still mostly based on your grades and test scores. Colleges want those numbers in the end!

Answered by: Sea Whale H. | about 4 years ago
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Only if the reason you ended up in rehab had something to do with a felony criminal charge. In fact, if you can emerge from rehab, have the academics to back up your application, and use it as a strength (in your essay or whatever), I bet it would improve your admission chances. If you don't feel comfortable with that, I don't think you're required to reveal that you've been to rehab unless you're asked specifically or you need special accommodations--just like any other health issue.

Answered by: Kissaguard S. | about 4 years ago
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As long as you weren't convicted of a felony and that's why you were sent to rehab... it shouldn't affect your chances. Just be sure to stay focused and stay true to yourself. College kids you meet may present a lot of opportunities to relapse, so be careful and good luck!

Answered by: Brittanycalla X. | about 4 years ago
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I do not see why not. That would be discrimination. If anything, it shows that you are committed to change. You can recognize a problem and resolve it.

Answered by: Sally V. | about 4 years ago
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No, If anything this should improve your chances. Showing how you are trying to improve your life standards and getting back on your feet. Its better to go to rehab than to go to college and then get kicked out for something that could have been prevented like alcohol abuse on campus drug abuse etc.

Answered by: Advisor101 K. | about 4 years ago
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It just depends on the school. Some of them may want to interview you before admitting you. It also depends what you were in rehab for. Be open and honest with your schools, if they ask, and they will appreciate you more.

Answered by: Crystal Can Do That I. | about 4 years ago
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No, a year in rehab will not affect your college admission chances. On the application, just explain why you had to go and what you've learned from your experiences. Be honest and truly show in your writing that you've changed for the better.

Answered by: Ginger Tea K. | about 4 years ago
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To be honest if you have to write that on your application then it might affect your chances. Colleges may not like to see that you had to go through that. If you don't have to write about it then I wouldn't.

Answered by: Nsjd N. | about 4 years ago
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As long as you weren't convicted of a felony and that's why you were sent to rehab... it shouldn't affect your chances. Just be sure to stay focused and stay true to yourself. College kids you meet may present a lot of opportunities to relapse, so be careful and good luck!

Answered by: Brittanycalla X. | about 4 years ago
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I do not see why not. That would be discrimination. If anything, it shows that you are committed to change. You can recognize a problem and resolve it.

Answered by: Sally V. | about 4 years ago
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No, If anything this should improve your chances. Showing how you are trying to improve your life standards and getting back on your feet. Its better to go to rehab than to go to college and then get kicked out for something that could have been prevented like alcohol abuse on campus drug abuse etc.

Answered by: Advisor101 K. | about 4 years ago
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It just depends on the school. Some of them may want to interview you before admitting you. It also depends what you were in rehab for. Be open and honest with your schools, if they ask, and they will appreciate you more.

Answered by: Crystal Can Do That I. | about 4 years ago
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No, a year in rehab will not affect your college admission chances. On the application, just explain why you had to go and what you've learned from your experiences. Be honest and truly show in your writing that you've changed for the better.

Answered by: Ginger Tea K. | about 4 years ago
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To be honest if you have to write that on your application then it might affect your chances. Colleges may not like to see that you had to go through that. If you don't have to write about it then I wouldn't.

Answered by: Nsjd N. | about 4 years ago
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This is something that could possibly harm your college admissions chance. But, this is something that will vary from school to school. Some schools will weigh heavily on something like this if it is found out, while others will not bother with this information. The best thing to do would be to apply to more than one school, which is what most prospective students do anyway.

Answered by: Ms. Tmp J. | over 4 years ago
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My answer to you is yes, it definitely will, relative to what the rehab was for. However, this can possibly be turned into a positive thing rather than a negative. If it is possible, try not to bring it up in the application process at all; however, if this is inevitable, you can make a positive spin on it by making it a subject of your college essay, and talking about how you grew from it, how it was a life-changing experience, and what lessons you learned that would make you a good candidate for that particular college.

Answered by: Payal T. | over 4 years ago
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Depending on the college, it shouldn't affect your admission. Rehab shows that you are trying to better yourself, so chances are the college will see it that way too!

Answered by: Dwhijte W. | over 4 years ago
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