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Should I politely dispute a school's decision that my class doesn't meet a prerequisite?

TragicalDrFaust

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I was rejected post-primary on the basis that I'm missing behavioral science classes. I truly believe I have quite a few including psych, philosophy, economics, aging policy and management plus a couple classes on different religions. They saw one behavioral science class in there and said I need one more. I also worked in a community health psychology lab for 270 hours and co-authored two posters there. Though the lab was affiliated with my university, I chose not to receive credit for financial reasons. When I brought up my classes to the school and framed it as a possible transcript entry error, they remained firm and pointed me in the direction of AACOMAS Course Subjects. Is it worth politely pointing out that I feel several of my classes fall under several of those categories? I don't want to offend anyone but I sincerely believe my classes meet the requirements. For reference, my behavioral science classes passed muster at every school I applied to last cycle and every other school I've applied to this cycle.
 

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I successfully disputed a class by providing the school with a full syllabus and official course description. The school that queried that pre-req turned into the first school to interview me and the first to offer me admission.

Be polite and professional. Provide them with all the official information you can give them (including, potentially, the professor's contact information), and then accept the decision made in response.

Some schools will reward a student who is able to advocate for themselves and some won't, but what have you to lose?
 
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I successfully disputed a class by providing the school with a full syllabus and official course description. The school that queried that pre-req turned into the first school to interview me and the first to offer me admission.

Be polite and professional. Provide them with all the official information you can give them (including, potentially, the professor's contact information), and then accept the decision made in response.

Some schools will reward a student who is able to advocate for themselves and some won't, but what have you to lose?
I agree with this 100%
 
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"Is there any way my involvement in xyz can fulfill this requirement? I would really like to go to ZYX school and it would be very unfortunate if this is the reason I am not considered..."

Easy, and without sounding like a Karen.
 

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I was rejected post-primary on the basis that I'm missing behavioral science classes. I truly believe I have quite a few including psych, philosophy, economics, aging policy and management plus a couple classes on different religions. They saw one behavioral science class in there and said I need one more. I also worked in a community health psychology lab for 270 hours and co-authored two posters there. Though the lab was affiliated with my university, I chose not to receive credit for financial reasons. When I brought up my classes to the school and framed it as a possible transcript entry error, they remained firm and pointed me in the direction of AACOMAS Course Subjects. Is it worth politely pointing out that I feel several of my classes fall under several of those categories? I don't want to offend anyone but I sincerely believe my classes meet the requirements. For reference, my behavioral science classes passed muster at every school I applied to last cycle and every other school I've applied to this cycle.
I recently got the same issue with UNECOM about the behavioral science class... Very frustrating to be rejected on that basis. But I politely replied the email with all the syllabi and information... Hope things will work out
 
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I was rejected post-primary on the basis that I'm missing behavioral science classes. I truly believe I have quite a few including psych, philosophy, economics, aging policy and management plus a couple classes on different religions. They saw one behavioral science class in there and said I need one more. I also worked in a community health psychology lab for 270 hours and co-authored two posters there. Though the lab was affiliated with my university, I chose not to receive credit for financial reasons. When I brought up my classes to the school and framed it as a possible transcript entry error, they remained firm and pointed me in the direction of AACOMAS Course Subjects. Is it worth politely pointing out that I feel several of my classes fall under several of those categories? I don't want to offend anyone but I sincerely believe my classes meet the requirements. For reference, my behavioral science classes passed muster at every school I applied to last cycle and every other school I've applied to this cycle.
UNECOM’s website says Prerequisite courses may be in-progress or planned at the time of application. Why don’t you just take two behavioral science classes before the deadline January 1st?
 

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UNECOM’s website says Prerequisite courses may be in-progress or planned at the time of application. Why don’t you just take two behavioral science classes before the deadline January 1st?
Wait, What if i want to "plan taking it" in 2021 Jan? Can i not do that? I thought as long as you have the class completed before matriculation is okay?
 
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