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1st year freshman or 2nd year sophmore? [Jan. 26th, 2009|04:13 pm]
Ringling Students Q&A -- Post your questions here.
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I had a couple questions I was hoping someone could help me out with.

How does the school determine whether or not you will be considered a 1st year freshman, or a 2nd year sophomore? I am getting ready to send in my application along with my portfolio as a transfer student. If I get accepted, I will have 45 credits already under my belt, mostly from general courses, but 9 of them are from actual design/lab courses. I’m pretty sure my credits will transfer, but when I went to the school and spoke with an admissions reprehensive, he informed me that the transfer of credits won’t reduce my tuition, the only thing that would keep the tuition costs down is the event that I get placed as a sophomore rather than freshman.

If the transferring of credits won’t keep costs down, what are the benefits for them transferring? I asked a lot of questions during my visit and unfortunately this is one of them that slipped through the cracks. I will be applying for the Motion Graphics major for the next fall semester.

Can anyone share their thoughts on this, maybe someone who was placed as a 2nd year student when enrolling for their first year at Ringling?

Thanks a bunch,

Michelle Stalnos


[User Picture]From: mitasanstar
2009-01-26 09:51 pm (UTC)
Hmm, I'm not really sure what to tell you. I've heard all kinds of stories about Ringling being a bit selective about what transfer credits they will accept and which ones they won't. This depends largely on the department, too and since Motion Graphics is very new (and not the program I'm a part of) I can't be so sure.

I would suggest you go straight to the source and call up the school and ask to speak to Patricia Handy. She's the advisor and can tell you exactly what they will and won't take.
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[User Picture]From: delvennerim
2009-01-26 09:54 pm (UTC)
Fewer Liberal Arts classes to slog through and more electives come to mind as a benefit.
Ringling is pretty picky about what credits it wants to take. Even if you don't have enough to come in as a Sophomore, you'll have enough to fill up some Lib. Arts credits. That'll open up more electives for you - the fun classes people want.
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[User Picture]From: queen_of_nerds
2009-01-26 11:15 pm (UTC)
My sister just started as a 2nd year sophomore, right out of high school. The thing is her high school was art-based (art, dance, music, etc.) and the school had a dual-enrollment program with the local (now-ex) community college. The courses she took there counted towards her transfer credits apparently, and she started as a 2nd year with 24 credits total. I'm not sure how that happened, the whole family was kinda surprised, so I also don't know what to tell you.

I can tell you that costs also depend on whether or not you're coming as a part-time or full-time student. I don't know the specifics, but I guess that would be another thing to consider. Also, do you have writing credits? Art history, any science or any other kind of liberal arts? Because they have potential of counting too.

But like the person above me said, I would contact Patricia Handy and ask her. She's pretty knowledgeable about credits in my experience.
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[User Picture]From: improved
2009-01-27 02:17 am (UTC)
Well technically your costs could go down by the end of your stay at Ringling if you have most of your Liberal Arts out of the way. By Senior year, you really are only taking one or two required classes and can be enrolled as part time student so your tuition is cut down (I forget the actual numbers). But you wouldn't really want to go down to part time till Senior year anyway.

As far as being a sophomore versus a freshman, a lot of it depends on your portfolio and art credentials, not so much your liberal arts. The Core year, while mundane, has it's merits and some people aren't prepared to skip over it. I'm not passing judgment on you either way but in the past, having a bunch of liberal arts credits does not let you pass by the Core classes.
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