Mod note: Best of Eddie, this was originally posted on 10/14/2009.
You're not about to let that adolescent breaking and entering conviction keep you out of the Ivy League, are you? Would your score on the SAT make it a tough sale to get into community college? How about that 1.6 cumulative high school GPA?
Fear not. You too can be a Harvard man.
Thanks to a little-known back door into the Harvard system, you can bypass the admissions process and complete a Harvard degree for less than $40,000 according to this article. By joining the Harvard Extension School, you just pay your class fee (around $1,000) and show up. No essays, no test scores, no mess, no fuss.
Manage a 2.5 GPA in 3 of the Extension courses and you can petition for acceptance to the degree program. All that is required at that point is for you to be in good standing financially with the school and have a proficiency in the English language.
Here's the real kicker: a degree from the Harvard Extension School only costs $35-40,000 total. That's about a quarter of what the nerds who actually excelled in high school pay for their degree. But is it the same degree? Yup. Same degree, same student ID, same access to alumni and career center.
Of course, you won't be able to call yourself what the students of the real Harvard can call themselves after going $150,000 in the hole for a piece of paper:
Can't wait to hear the hew and cry from all those a little "Crimson"-faced after reading this...