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  1. DS applied to Hope College which is in Holland, Michigan and is a CTCL school. It has a ABET accredited general Engineering Program with concentrations. Seems to have a decent Physics program and research opportunities. On top of their merit scholarships, they give scholarships based on the area of the country the student is from, probably to increase geographical diversity. Fine arts scholarships are available for non-majors/minors. DS's total cost to attend there will be super duper affordable - we just aren't sure this young adult should be a plane flight away. We also really want to visit before committing and we are running out of time. DH and I have been super impressed with Hope's outreach and communication- a different department from the major he applied to sent a letter and referenced his essay. We've received handwritten notes from current students, parents, and alumni.
  2. I didn't need this thread back in 2013 but it's timely now! The past few weeks have been horrible. I'm almost 48.
  3. Thanks for that info about the weighted GPA. I still haven't filled out that template. Just too much going on and UAH isn't at the top of his list. I did submit my original course descriptions and they were accepted. I couldn't imagine condensing them.
  4. DS received a Christmas ornament from Messiah. They also gave a lot of swag when he went for a visit - T-shirt and CDs.
  5. DS just finished the process for the Trustee Scholarship program at Grove City College. He applied regular decision and so didn't get an official acceptance yet. GCC is his first choice and it's a potential full ride. Life just got very, very complicated with my youngest daughter being diagnosed with leukemia. She is undergoing treatment inpatient right now. So I am supervising the odds & ends of this college application season from a hospital room! I still need to fill out the transcript template for UAH - since we didn't have a cover school I am supposed to provide numerical grades. My transcript which was accepted by other schools isn't sufficient 😞Since the automatic scholarship awards have been reduced we might just take it off the table entirely. Still waiting on word from two state schools. And DS had one reach school on his list that he wanted to apply to just to see if he could get in. He still needs to write the supplemental essay for that school. I told him I wasn't going to remind him anymore - if he really wants to apply he's going to have to take the initiative. There's no way he can attend there - our EFC is ridiculously high and we won't pay that much even if he did get in. There are younger siblings to consider so applying for an ego boost isn't very high on my priority list.
  6. What major does your son have in mind? Have you been able to go for a visit?
  7. DS has received 2 acceptances so far - Messiah University and St. Vincent College, both with automatic merit scholarships. Opportunity for competitive scholarships at both schools coming up. 3 more applications are done and waiting for news. 2 applications to finish.
  8. I looked in the Motherlode thread but couldn't quite find an answer to this question. In the counselor section it asks the beginning date for the GPA on the transcript. My DS has two credits on his transcript from 8th grade (Latin 2 and Geometry). Do I put the beginning date as the beginning of 8th grade? - in his case it would be June 2016 as I count our school year from June 1. Thanks! (Finishing everything up for EA deadlines on 11/1!)
  9. Why are you taking the Ibuprofen out of the kit?
  10. What about a Samoyed? Our neighbor has one and he is such a wonderful dog. Absolutely beautiful, friendly, and well-behaved. I'm not really a "dog person" but I'd get a dog like him if DH was willing. We probably never will though because we are both "cat people."
  11. My DS is another 99% tester who missed 3 less questions than last year (only missed 6 this year. 1 in Reading, 1 in math, and 4 in writing) and whose Index score went down by 6 points. As we are in the highest cut off state, NM is no longer a possibility. I feel bad for DS because if we lived in a different state and if he hadn’t been sick that day.... Oh well. Moving on.
  12. Have you ever been to the Blue Moon Cafe in Shepherdstown? About 30 minutes from Hagerstown.
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