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Is Athabasca University feasible?

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Is Athabasca University feasible?

Hi. I'm a student enrolled in Seneca's Bachelors of Technology in Software development. My goal for grad school is to do my masters at ColumbiaU in NY. Now, before anyone goes "LOL from Seneca to Ivy League", I did years of research before jumping in this pool. Trust me, Seneca is definitely not going to be the only thing in my grad-school application. If you're wondering why I didn't go to UofT. That's because I couldn't afford it and in some weird way, Seneca's schedule worked well with my work (I work full-time as an Uber driver) but it no longer does because the strike crammed everything together. I can no longer juggle work and school. For this, an online undergrad degree seems feasible. The schools in US like Penn State World Campus are hella expensive. I was thinking about Athabasca U but I have received very good and very bad reviews about it. My goal is still to go to Columbia to Master in Machine Learning. How feasible do you think this is? What would you suggest?
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omaroz92 wrote:
Dec 4th, 2017 9:22 pm
Hi. I'm a student enrolled in Seneca's Bachelors of Technology in Software development. My goal for grad school is to do my masters at ColumbiaU in NY. Now, before anyone goes "LOL from Seneca to Ivy League", I did years of research before jumping in this pool. Trust me, Seneca is definitely not going to be the only thing in my grad-school application. If you're wondering why I didn't go to UofT. That's because I couldn't afford it and in some weird way, Seneca's schedule worked well with my work (I work full-time as an Uber driver) but it no longer does because the strike crammed everything together. I can no longer juggle work and school. For this, an online undergrad degree seems feasible. The schools in US like Penn State World Campus are hella expensive. I was thinking about Athabasca U but I have received very good and very bad reviews about it. My goal is still to go to Columbia to Master in Machine Learning. How feasible do you think this is? What would you suggest?
One of the most important things in a grad school application are your academic references. If you're going from and online undergrad to a brick and mortar grad school program the admissions committee may see an issue with this considering you have no physical interaction with your previous professors. Just my two cents as someone in grad school.
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th12mq wrote:
Dec 8th, 2017 11:54 pm
From my understanding.. many people are holding back from Athabasca due to the uncertainty of their future.
My suggestion would go course by course and not strap yourself to paying for a full program on Athabasca..

https://globalnews.ca/news/3513941/repo ... r-concern/
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th12mq wrote:
Dec 8th, 2017 11:54 pm
From my understanding.. many people are holding back from Athabasca due to the uncertainty of their future.
My suggestion would go course by course and not strap yourself to paying for a full program on Athabasca..

https://globalnews.ca/news/3513941/repo ... r-concern/
Just finished a masters degree from AU. Those concerns were around for a long time. At convocation, the financial issues & uncertainty was addressed by the President & by the politicians that were there. AU isn't going anywhere. For me, the program worked well & around my schedule.

I'm 100% happy with the quality of education that I got there. Just be prepared to work a little harder & be vigilant if you experience any issues with your profs/tutors.
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omaroz92 wrote:
Dec 4th, 2017 9:22 pm
Hi. I'm a student enrolled in Seneca's Bachelors of Technology in Software development. My goal for grad school is to do my masters at ColumbiaU in NY. Now, before anyone goes "LOL from Seneca to Ivy League", I did years of research before jumping in this pool. Trust me, Seneca is definitely not going to be the only thing in my grad-school application. If you're wondering why I didn't go to UofT. That's because I couldn't afford it and in some weird way, Seneca's schedule worked well with my work (I work full-time as an Uber driver) but it no longer does because the strike crammed everything together. I can no longer juggle work and school. For this, an online undergrad degree seems feasible. The schools in US like Penn State World Campus are hella expensive. I was thinking about Athabasca U but I have received very good and very bad reviews about it. My goal is still to go to Columbia to Master in Machine Learning. How feasible do you think this is? What would you suggest?
You think Penn State is "hella expensive" but you're okay with Columbia's prices? If you're set on Columbia, you should be accepting of the fact that you will have very large student loans if you don't qualify for government assistance on tuition (which you very likely won't, because you're not American).

A couple extra thousand for UofT won't make a difference, when you're going to spend $150,000+ on tuition and living in NYC. It's not going to effect the timeline of your repayments on these loans much.

Anyways, you shouldn't be asking on a forum where people here didn't go to Columbia. You need to call Columbia's admissions office and they'll connect you to someone that will answer your questions.

Students admission offices at US schools are superb. Way better than in Canada, they're super efficient in explaining what you should do and answering questions.
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Raptors905 wrote: Anyways, you shouldn't be asking on a forum where people here didn't go to Columbia. You need to call Columbia's admissions office and they'll connect you to someone that will answer your questions.

Students admission offices at US schools are superb. Way better than in Canada, they're super efficient in explaining what you should do and answering questions.
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