If you are a student who has applied for the universities and awaiting results, you must know something about the application status of yours for the universities you applied. Generally when you apply to a University, you either get an admit or a reject. But there is one more possibility apart from these two. It’s called an Conditional Admit. I will explain it to you in detail below on what’s an conditional admit.
What is an Conditional Admit?
Conditional Admit, as its name goes simply means that you are admitted but under certain conditions which you need to adhere if you are joining the University.
Is Conditional Admit means I am admitted to the University?
It depends on the condition that the University has levied on you.
So, What are some general conditions that Universities puts on a Student in Conditional Admit?
Generally a conditional admit given by university falls into one of these categories:
Retake GRE: The University would suggest you to retake GRE and get a desired score that University wants. In this case you need to retake GRE and get the desired score. The conditional admit simply means that you will be admitted to the University only if you satisfy the desired GRE score asked by the University by retaking the GRE Test or else they would give a reject.
Retake TOEFL: The University would suggest you to retake TOEFL and get a desired score that University wants. In this case you need to retake TOEFL and get the desired score. The conditional admit simply means that you will be admitted to the University only if you satisfy the desired TOEFL score asked by the University by retaking the TOEFL Test or else they would give a reject.
Take some Undergrad Courses: The University would want you to take certain Undergraduate courses in the University. This is a admit for the student but the student has to finish the Undergraduate courses before starting with the Graduate courses. The Undergraduates courses will amount to extra credits apart from the credits you need to finish. These means that you need to shell out some money for completing the Undergraduate courses. Take a look at an example below.
Here the University has told the student to take CS Undergraduate courses. The University hasn’t listed the exact courses but certain universities provide you the entire detail as to which courses to take. In this case the student has to inquire with the university about the courses that he/she needs to take.
Under What Circumstances will I get an Conditional Admit?
Profile is Good but GRE Score Low
In this case the University is impressed with your profile and wants to give you an admit, but you don’t satisfy the minimum GRE Score that University expects. In this case the University will ask you to retake GRE and get the desired score.
Profile is Good but TOEFL Score Low
In this case the University is impressed with your profile and wants to give you an admit, but you don’t satisfy the minimum TOEFL Score that University expects. In this case the University will ask you to retake TOEFL and get the desired score.
Profile is Good but Student from Different Branch
Most of the students get Conditional Admit under this category. The University is impressed with your profile and the student satisfies all their requirements. But the student did his/her Undergraduation in a different branch than what he/she will be pursuing in Masters. For example: a student has done his engineering in Electronics and has applied for MS in CS. In this case the University may want the student to take up some extra Undergraduate courses before starting with Graduate Courses.
Can I waive these Undergraduate Courses that I need to take? What proof can I show to waive it?
If you have been given an conditional admit and asked to take certain undergraduate courses, you can waive those courses if:
- You have taken those courses in your Undergraduation. You have to point it out in the transcripts you provided.
- You have an professional experience. Lets say a student has worked in a software company after completing his/her undergraduation in electronics. The student has been working in JAVA and the University wants to student to take JAVA course. In this case the student can waive that Course.
Will any kind of certification help in waiving the courses?
Maybe. If the certification is from a well known organization then the University may waive it. For example if you get a certification from Oracle then the University may waive the course but if get a certification from a local company in India then it will not be considered.
I hope this post was useful. If you have any queries, please let me know by using the comment box.