After five years of high-school, I dropped out with a 1.8 GPA. Nine years later I found myself suddenly and unexpectedly unemployed. I was married with two children by then, I owned a home that required constant maintenance, and I had all the debt that one might expect in such circumstances. I was dying to return to school, but I just didn't see how that was possible.
I had heard good things about GPC’s faculty for years, and I knew the tuition was far lower than most other accredited colleges. When I found out that two of GPC’s six campuses were within 15 minutes of my house, I made a decision. I quickly passed a GED test and applied.
I was amazed at how suddenly things worked out for me. GPC rushed my application through the system and helped me with financial aid and loans. I was even allowed to take classes in the Honors Program, which kept me challenged and interested. When I found a new career, the wide range of class options made staying in school possible. I had my choice between evening, weekend, and online classes. When a change in job assignment catapulted me across town, another GPC campus was conveniently located nearby. Being able to choose when, where, and how I took classes made a profound difference in my life. I was also pleasantly surprised by the personal care and attention I received, especially from the Honors Program and Distance Learning administrators. They earnestly helped me whenever I had a problem.
I graduated from GPC with a 3.56 and applied to Georgia Tech, praying that they might consider me. When one of their counselors contacted me, he simply said: "Of course you can come here." Not only was I accepted, but 68 of my 72 credit-hours transferred perfectly.
On my first day at Georgia Tech, I went to a transfer admissions session. To my horror, the speaker made us all publicly identify our previous institution. Several very serious university names (including some from the Ivy League) had already been dropped before she asked me. As long as I live, I will never forget the words I heard from her mouth after I gave my response. She looked me dead in the face and said: "GPC's students perform the best. You are very welcome here."
Computer Science & Psychology Dual Major
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Georgia Institute of Technology