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  1. I have recently started helping out with college admissions (as part of an online course requirement) at a private high school affiliated with a Baptist Church. These two schools are popular among students and, while I have heard of both of them, I would love to hear any specifics about these schools that anyone would like to share. Specially, what can you tell me about financial aid/cost of attendance, career placement offices and outcomes, campus life, and accreditation? How do costs typically compare against going to an in-state public university? Are they generous with merit scholarships? What about need-based aid? I was also confused about what I read about the accrediting organization for Cedarville? I’m just trying to quickly familiarize myself with these two schools from those in the know (as opposed to what I might find online). Please tell me the good, the bad, and the ugly. TIA!
  2. When ds attended the Duke TIP ceremony on Duke’s campus at the end of 7th grade, (ten years ago) they had a couple of sessions for families. One was about their summer program offerings and the other was about the college admissions process. One of the things I truly appreciated about the college admissions info session was that the head of admissions was completely transparent about the the fact that, while they were certainly looking for academically qualified students, they were also looking for students who would eventually become good alumni. At least he was honest.
  3. @EKS - that’s what I thought. Thank you! ACT has always been at the end, correct? I had a friend whose daughter forgot she was supposed to do the essay on the ACT and left! She had to retake because she was applying to colleges that required it.
  4. I mis-read this initially. HUGE edit! I thought when ds took it there was an entire experimental section that was included *within* the test, but you didn’t know which one it was until the very end of the test. Seems like there were six or maybe even seven sections then (he sat for it in 2012 under the 2400 scoring system). At the end of the test you could figure out at least what TYPE of section had been an experimental, but you couldn’t know which one. In other words, you would know you had one more math section than the test called for, but you didn’t know which math section had been the experimental one. If they always tack it on at the end and everyone knows this, I can’t see how they can get good data even with the “stronger” kids. Why would anyone try very hard??? Has the essay always been at the end of the SAT?
  5. How many years has he been at the charter thus far?
  6. I love jeans from White House/Black Market. They offer both high and mid-rises. Skinny and slim. Different lengths (crop, ankle, regular). Tall and Petite sizing as well. Curvy jeans. They really have a lot of variety in wash, styles, and sizes. I go up one size in their skinnies compared to their slims. @Arcadia - they offer 00P if you ever want to try to buy there.
  7. Hoggirl

    NCF

    So, USF is your “local” college and most courses would be on-line? Is UF not an option? If you and your ds have visited NCF (did he do an overnight?) and you enjoyed the vibe there, then he will probably be fine. The reviews on food and the dorm situation (would he live on-campus?) are abysmal. It also has a high % of females. It appears that theNDF retention rate is not the best. If some 80% go on to graduate school, I would definitely want to know about job placement directly out of undergrad as it specifically relates to the degree he is seeking. If the priority is to finish ASAP, then choose whichever one accommodates that best.
  8. @Terabith - wow! I never knew that! I have been a lifelong Methodist and have only heard, “trespassers.” But, I have only attended churches in the South.
  9. Oh, that’s easy. Presbyterians say, “debts/debtors” in the Lord’s Prayer and Methodists say “trespassers/those who trespass against us.” 😂
  10. Hoggirl

    NCF

    From the Stanford website: The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredits college engineering programs nationwide using criteria and standards developed and accepted by U.S. engineering communities. At Stanford, the following undergraduate programs are accredited: Civil Engineering Mechanical Engineering In ABET-accredited programs, students must meet specific requirements for engineering science, engineering design, mathematics, and science course work. Students are urged to consult the School of Engineering Handbook for Undergraduate Engineering Programs and their adviser. Here is the link to the Stanford Engineering page where you can see the 10 undergraduate engineering degree programs: https://engineering.stanford.edu/students-academics/academics/undergraduate-degree-programs Thus, (if I am reading this correctly) two of the ten degrees offered are ABET-accredited. Stanford offers no undergraduate business degrees. Back to the OP - Have you visited NCF? I’m not clear about which in-state school with 30k students your ds is also considering? You wrote he was not interested in UCF or FSU. UF decisions will not be out in October. It’s hard to make a comparison not knowing the other school being considered. I don’t know a whole lot about CS degrees. Likewise, I don’t know how students are screened/recruited for jobs in the areas in which your son is interested. I wouldn’t think that there would be a large contingent of CS students at NCF. How many students pursue that degree? I agree with whomever suggested checking out job placement. I, too, would be concerned about the lack of grades. However, if NCF has a track record of feeding into a certain company in CS, that would make a difference to me. NCF has always had an interesting reputation - that’s why I asked if you had visited. I don’t get the sense that it’s for everybody. It is sort of considered a feeder school for graduate school. Does you ds have any interest in going to graduate school?
  11. @Sneezyone - yep. Definitely a lot of “magical thinking” going on out there in the how to pay for college world.
  12. I’ve said this before, but I think this is because the parents haven’t “bought” college in awhile, so they have NO idea how expensive it truly is. Dh attended the state flagship and tuition was $30 per credit hour when he attended.
  13. I am not sure the current system is sustainable. The historical “college experience,” is something that I think will soon go by the wayside. I think in the next 10-15 years online options will increase and become more acceptable. I think there is still somewhat of a stigma/suspicion associated with degrees that are fully earned online, but I expect that to change.
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