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Will Year in Rehab Affect College Admission Chances?

Question: I've been in rehab for a year and decided to repeat junior year in high school to get credits. My transcript will show that I've been in rehab. Will this lower my chances of admissions? In other words, even if I am sober now, will my rehab stay affect my chances?

Your experience in rehab may have an impact on your college outcomes, but not necessarily a negative one. Depending on where you are applying, some colleges (especially the smaller and more conservative ones) could decide that an addict--even one in recovery--will not be a good fit for their community. However, admission officials at other colleges may actually feel that the self-knowledge and determination that you demonstrated by going to rehab will serve you well as a college student and may make you more mature and focused than the typical freshman.

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