Do all those online courses count towards your degree? Did you get approval from your school before you took those courses?There are some questionable parts of my application I am concerned about addressing during the application process and interviews.
I've taken 10 online courses from 7 different accredited universities (Some for my major and some for my pre-reqs and a one just out of personal interest). Yeah crazy. I know it's not something I can change now but how can I address concerns from the admissions committee that I'm shopping around for easy classes? Is it really an issue if I aced those classes and my GPA at my home university in a very rigorous major is 3.7+? Will my very high academic average help my case or am I still fighting an uphill battle?
As for online pre-reqs, I took organic chemistry 1 and 2 lectures from another accredited university and the in-person lab at my home university. How would this be viewed in light of a 30 in organic chemistry on the DAT? What about online biochemistry? All my pre-requisites are A- or higher.
Am I overreacting about how online coursework will devalue my application? Any tips about addressing skepticism about the rigor of my coursework?
Not all of them.
I'm a non-science major. For the courses that I took elsewhere that meet major requirements, yes, I did seek pre-approval for those courses before taking them. I then transferred them over for credit to fulfill degree requirements.
For the pre-dental pre-requisites that I took from somewhere else, none of which are major requirements, I did not seek pre-approval because there was no need to transfer them over to my home university for credit. Of note, when I requested permission to register for the organic chemistry lab at my home institution, the instructor (who also teaches the organic chemistry lecture) allowed me to register after I sent him my transcripts from the other university.
I should also add that all my online pre-requisites coursework are pre-health, science major level courses.