Let me preface my post by saying that I have researched other threads here and elsewhere to answer most of my questions. I am simply curious and hoping that this post will help confirm and clarify my plan.
I have decided that I want to be an airline pilot, coincidentally enough I’ve been hearing that it’s a good time to get into the business. I am currently attending a large public 4 year university. My university has a flight program, but I was rejected from the program as I am a transfer student. (Due to a CFI/Aircraft shortage they only accept freshmen into their flying degree programs). My current plan is to continue on my original degree path, and graduate as soon as I can. I have read that it is advised to complete college prior to ATP as it is a requirement for the majors. Time to completion for my degree is important as I am using the post 9/11 GI Bill, and would love to preserve some of the eligibility. My current plan is to complete my degree, and also get as far as I can in flight training time and finances permitting. I am planning on at a minimum being able to complete my PPL by my graduation date. I am not sure if this helps but I also have several hundred hours logged on SUAS in the military. Outside of my degree and a PPL are there any other things that I can work on in order to better prepare me for ATP admissions and studies?