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Studying in the United States without a distinction on the baccalaureat

Many universities in the United States have a very open admissions process and don’t base their selection criteria on the student’s academic record, but on their background and motivations. These institutions are called open admission colleges/universities.

If your bac grades aren’t to the standard of « classic » universities, but you still wish to study in the United States, this could be the option for you.

An example of an Open Admission Community College

College of the Desert


Study Experience works in partnership with College of the Desert, a Community College in California (close to the Coachella Festival) that offers Associate Degree programmes as well as the possibility of transferring your credits to a university to complete a Bachelor’s degree (2+2 system).

Ideally located in California, this school has links with many Californian universities : University of California riverside, University California Santa Barbara..and guarantees to transfer credits to these schools.

College of the Desert has around 11 000 students and offers many programmes. The most in-demand faculties are business, architecture, tourism, and engineering.

Like other Community Colleges and universities, College of the Desert is home o many student societies : music clubs, theatre, press, international student societies…as well as fantastic support for students : professional accompaniement, tutoring…

In this school, you are sure to be supported during your studies while being able to enjoy american student life in all it’s glory.

On top of having different entry requirements to « classic » universities, College of the Desert charges much more affordable tuition fees : around $8 000/year.


For more information on our services and studying in the USA, get in touch with a Study Experience team member.

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