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  1. 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%.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. This happened to my oldest 4 years ago. He included the awards in the mid-year report the schools wanted him to complete. As the guidance counselor, I did not mention them. Having said that, I don't think it would hurt to mention it as the guidance counselor, too.
  9. My kids don't take AP exams for their 12th grade AP classes if their colleges won't award credit for the class. Luckily, my kids have all known where they would be heading to college before they needed to register for the AP exams. Thanks to the latest money grab by the College Board, most of next year's seniors won't have the option to wait and see.
  10. Just a couple of thoughts...Your son won't have the math background necessary for AP Physics C Electricity and Magnetism. If your son wants to take a calc-based physics course, imo, I would have him take AP Physics C- Mechanics. (Even that course, I think, is tough without having a calculus foundation going into the course, but it is doable.) Also keep in mind that the first semester of senior year can be crazy busy with college application essays for some kids, depending on how many schools the student has on the list. With that in mind, you may want to structure the year so the first semester is lighter than the second semester.
  11. No, ED is not only for the families that can pay full freight. If the school is your child's top choice, and if the school's online calculator provides a number that you are comfortable paying, then applying ED may give your child a boost with admissions. If your child is accepted, but the cost of attendance turns out to be different than what the school's online calculator indicated, you would be able to get out of the ED contract.
  12. Fwiw, I included science courses taken in middle school on the high school transcript. This approach was not ( has not been) a problem for any of my three kids.
  13. It definitely is not necessary to hire an agency in order to secure an athletic scholarship. However, just like some families hire a college consultant to assist with the college application process, some families hire a sports agency to assist with athletic recruiting.
  14. This link was posted on College Confidential: https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/news/2019/01/sorry-act-kids-accused-of-cheating-can-now-sue-you-nj-judge-says.html A judge has sided with a New Jersey teenager accused of cheating on the ACT exams, saying a clause test-takers must sign giving up their rights to sue the testing company is “unconscionable” and “void as against public policy." It's about time.
  15. Yes, I used the PSAT for my kids starting in middle school. The public school officials initially told me my kids needed to be in 11th grade to sit for the exam, but when I explained to them that I was using the PSAT as the nationally normed test to satisfy the state of Ohio homeschooling requirements, they let my kids sit for the exam.
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