January 22, 2012 2:24 AM Subscribe
Question about "post-BA" programs
posted by pete_22 to education (12 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
When I lived in New York, I took a class at Columbia University through a program they call "post-baccalaureate studies." It was not a typical "continuing ed" program with separate faculty, just a way for adults who already have a BA to take ordinary college classes on an a la carte basis. Not "auditing" either -- I handed in homework, took the tests and got a grade and official transcript and everything. We could sign up for anything in the course catalog and even some graduate level courses, although enrolled students had priority for crowded classes. I had a student ID, was eligible for student insurance, libraries -- basically everything except receiving a degree. I had to pay the full per-course tuition of course, but the 'admissions' process was basically a rubber stamp, I think they just made sure I had a BA and wasn't a felon. Nothing like being admitted to an actual graduate degree program.
So my question is: what other schools in the US offer this option? Bonus points for places with better weather than NYC : )
(Or do most universities allow this, and Columbia just markets it more openly than others?)