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  1. Not everyone takes those tests, either, and many schools don't require the CSS. How is the CB able to provide this adversity score for every applicant? Is the ACT providing some of the data?
  2. I saw David Coleman interviewed on CNN this morning. He said that the adversity score will be provided to colleges for students who take the SAT or ACT. How is the College Board able to provide data for students who have never taken the SAT? Why are students prohibited from seeing their adversity number? How are colleges using this adversity number?
  3. The US News Rankings changed its methodology last year to include social mobility. In my opinion, this change is driving the CB's adversity score. The 2019 U.S. News rankings are out today, and the rankings powerhouse is boasting that it has changed its methodology to take social mobility into account.
  4. It looks like some are viewing it as a diversity score: “The purpose is to get to race without using race,” said Anthony Carnevale, director of Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce
  5. Just based on the article linked in the OP, it looks like the colleges can get access to the diversity score even if the college has a policy of permitting the students to self-report scores and only send official reports once they are accepted and decide to enroll. Yale, a college that permits students to self-report test scores, was cited in the article: Yale University was one of the schools that tried using the adversity scores as it worked to increase socioeconomic diversity on its campus. Jeremiah Quinlan, the school's dean of undergraduate admissions, told the Wall Street Journal that Yale has nearly doubled the number of low-income students and those who are first in their families to attend college to about 20% of new students. "This (adversity score) is literally affecting every application we look at," Quinlan told the Journal. "It has been a part of the success story to help diversify our freshman class." So the College Board is sharing information with colleges about the applicants without the applicants' knowledge or consent. How can Yale claim to be "need-blind" when this adversity score was used in evaluating every applicant?
  6. I will point a finger at some of the parents with current or hopeful athletes in my kids' sport. Some of these parents have completely lost their minds. These parents have forced their kids to play since the time they were able to hit a ball. They won't let their kids quit. The vast majority of these abusive parents are not interested in their kids turning pro or even a college scholarship - they are interested in admission to a T20 school. In my 15 years involved in the sport, I have seen many parent/child relationships damaged beyond repair.
  7. My brother also had a sports scholarship at a big state U. In addition to the food monitoring, he was required to take the nutritional supplement creatine. I was shocked to see how much muscle mass he added on (and he was pretty big to begin with) when he came home for Thanksgiving his first semester. (I know studies say creatine is safe, but I would still worry about unknown long-term effects and would not be happy with not having a choice on whether or not to take it if one of my kids were in this situation.) My brother definitely felt like the coaches owned him, especially since he was attending on an athletic scholarship. While the NCAA has set a limit on the maximum hours an athlete can spend each week, that regulation (at least when my brother played) is a joke as teams are easily able to get around the limit by holding "voluntary" practices and "voluntary" work-out sessions, etc. The team definitely came before the academics and when there was a conflict between the two, my brother had to miss the class. My middle son went through the recruiting process a few years ago now. In my son's sport, the vast majority of the kids at my son's level play D1. My son determined early on in the recruiting process that even the level of time commitment needed at an Ivy (which is D1, but league restrictions make it less demanding than other D1 programs) was too much for him (Ivy coaches told him to plan on 4 hours a day). His friends (and their parents) were shocked that he elected to play for a D3 school, but it was the best choice for him. His college team spends 10 days in California each spring break, and all of the other matches when school is in session are on the weekends against opponents that are all in the same geographic area. HIs experience hasn't been perfect, though. The facilities at his D3 school pale in comparison to what he would have had at a D1, which has been frustrating for him at times. But, he has time to conduct research with a professor, and next year he will also add being a junior advisor to the mix. Had he chosen D1, he would not have had time to fit these activities in and would not be able to double major in two STEM fields. With a few exceptions, his friends who are playing for D1 teams are also having a great experience. None of them, however, are majoring in STEM fields.
  8. I posted this on the "30 days and waiting" thread, but thought I should also post it here as I always enjoyed reading this thread when my kids were younger. My D was offered admission to 7 out of the 8 schools on her list. This was my third and last time through the process. My D applied to more schools than my other two combined, mainly because I wanted her to have options between a liberal arts school and a tech school if she changed her mind about what she wanted over the span of senior year. She was offered admissions to the following: Grinnell (with merit) Hamilton Williams Worcester Polytechnic Institute (with merit) Rochester Institute of Technology (with merit) Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (with merit) Our state flagship (with merit) I am 99.9% sure what her decision is going to be, and will come back to update this post when it is 100%.
  9. My D's waiting is over. Now she needs to make a final decision. I am 99.9% sure what her decision will be, but will be happy when she makes it official and we can move forward to the fun stuff - looking at dorm decor, something my boys had zero interest in doing. This was my third and last time through the process. My D applied to more schools than my other two combined, mainly because I wanted her to have options between a liberal arts school and a tech school if she changed her mind about what she wanted over the span of senior year. She was offered admissions to the following: Grinnell (with merit) Hamilton Williams Worcester Polytechnic Institute (with merit) Rochester Institute of Technology (with merit) Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (with merit) Our state flagship (with merit) She was deferred then denied at MIT. Good luck to everyone still waiting!
  10. My son advanced to the national round of the chemistry olympiad. I don't know if ChemWOOT was around then or not. He was taking AP Chemistry with ChemAdvantage the year he participated.
  11. Good luck today. Something that i haven't seen mentioned here in addition to all the factors already mentioned that go into admission at these schools is choice of major. Colleges are looking for diversification within a major in addition to overall school diversity. I am going through the process with my daughter right now. She has very high stats, but being a female interested in math and computer science has been a plus. If you read the results on college confidential there are many schools that are offering substantially more merit money for females interested in computer science and math when compared to males with the same high stats. The overwhelming majority of students at my son's school majoring in math are males. A female applying who is interested in math would have better odds of being admitted when compared to a male with the same academic profile. When a college is building a class, so much of the process is beyond the applicant's control.
  12. If you have a typical financial situation - don't own your own business, don't have investment properties, etc- the schools' net price calculators are said to be very accurate. If you are applying to a school that doesn't offer merit aid, in my opinion, you are not taking as much of a financial risk because your aid package will be the same whether you apply ED or Regular Decision (Obviously you won't be able to compare offers between schools) My son applied ED to Williams. The aid package came along with the acceptance Had the numbers not been in line with what we were expecting, we would have been able to decline the offer For my son ED was the right decision - The school was by far his top choice and since they don't offer merit aid, we knew that our cost of attendance was not going to be affected by applying ED Had his top choice been a school that offers merit aid, in my opinion, ED would have been more risky from a financial standpoint since merit aid is typically used to entice top students to attend the school
  13. Larson has two free websites to support their textbooks: 1. CalcChat has worked out solutions to every odd numbered problem in the book. In addition, they have online tutors available to live chat with if additional help is needed. 2. CalcView has video lectures that cover the topics in each chapter. This approach was very successful in my house.
  14. Fwiw, I agree 100% with this. My kids are at selective schools and did not have any dual enrollment classes on their transcripts because the classes would have interfered too much with their extracurriculars (research for my oldest and athletics for my middle kid) They had a handful of online classes between them on their transcripts: PA Homeschoolers, WTMA, and Eimacs, but I am not sure how much weight those grades carried with admissions offices because they were all completed at home. They did, however, have a lot of outside validation in the form of SAT, SAT II's, AIME, and AP scores to back up the grades that were stated on the transcript. I would choose the path that is going to provide your son with the best educational foundation. For us homeschoolers, I feel the test scores will carry far more weight than anything else and the adcoms are not going to care how your child went about learning the material, whether it be at home or DE.
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