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  1. I like the description of college experience that Lori D and others have used that concentrates on intellectual exposure, openness to new ideas, and growing adult responsibility. I might add an environment where you are with people who aren't just like you. Even at a college near home, you won't be at school with students you've known since elementary school. College usually also has broader horizons in terms of what is possible and expected. Papers are longer, research is deeper, labs are better equipped and classes are led by specialists. I think an overlooked aspect of the college experience is navigating problems as an adult dealing with other adults. While there is some hierarchy to use like RAs, deans, and administrators, the expectation is that the student with be responsible for things like registration, assignments, requesting accommodations, and meeting graduation requirements. The student is an active participant here, not one that passively waits while the grownups decide what is needed. This doesn't require going away for college. For what it's worth, a growing number of college students fall under the non-traditional definition, which includes students over 24, students with family responsibilities, full time work, and veterans. I think the undergraduate experience as portrayed by Hollywood isn't the broad experience for the majority anymore.
  2. I went round with them about AP exams too. It really bothered me that they made this decision on the building level rather that at the district level. We moved last summer and registering my youngest here was so easy. They were helpful, cheerful, and kind.
  3. One of my sons took the PSAT at our local high school. He earned an NM scholarship (the only homeschooler that year) while there were no semi-finalists from that high school. Two years later, when I tried to register his brother at the same high school, they told me that they wouldn't test outside students. No one at the school could tell me who had made the decision to change access or why there had been a change. I tried to address it with the district a couple times and got no where. Thank goodness for amazing private schools that didn't feel threatened.
  4. I think the way transfer applications are considered depend heavily on the specific situation. The relative selectivity of the two 4 year colleges will matter, as will the major he is trying to get (at some colleges, certain majors are restricted because of high demand and might not be available to transfers). I don't know how they will calculate GPA. Often transfer credit will come over as credit, but won't come with a grade. There could also be grade requirements for courses to transfer (example, a C might transfer but a C- or D might not, even though they were passing grades). Again this will depend on the course and the policy of the college transferred to. Many transfer applications have March 1 deadlines, so he might be able to get transfer applications in now and start elsewhere if the fall. That could let him coordinate with the new college to see if he should take or retake anything at a CC over the summer. Coordination would be important to get preapproval for credit transfer. Can you share his hoped for major? His current college has a minor in his interest so they offer some courses. Can he put together courses such that he has the effect of the degree experience he's seeking even if the labeling is different? For example, if a college didn't have a film production major, bur did have a film production minor, a student might major in an adjacent major (communications, English, digital media), minor in film production and where possible make course choices that supported his interests (ex for a world culture requirement he might use a course on French Cinema). Adding additional minors to a more general major might also help (ex our hypothetical film student might add a marketing or business or Spanish minor). Does his current college have clubs or activities through which he can gain the experience he's looking for outside the framework of a major? Does it have an interdisciplinary or design your own major option? Whatever route he goes, encourage him to get involved at his current school. He can engage with student clubs and go to office hours with professors in the area he is interested in. He should not be shy about seeking out academic help or a campus counselor. Students often feel like they are alone in feeling out of place or anxious or depressed. They usually aren't alone in having these feelings.
  5. I did all of AoPS Intro to Algebra and Geometry with my youngest over 3 years. It felt amazing to solve those problems. Right now I'm up to my eyeballs in courses related to launching a business as an Independent Educational Consultant, aka college admissions advisor. I'm in my last term for a graduate certificate in Independent Educational Consulting with a practicum class and a marketing class. I'm also doing a local program for military spouse business owners. It's a bit of a firehose. I have 50 pages on marketing to read this afternoon. Definitely a new area for me.
  6. How competitive are admissions to the college and/or the BFA program? While he may have met minimums for admission, would the bulk of enrolled students have a higher math coming in? Is there a university requirement for a quantitative course for college graduation? Many colleges require students to take courses in certain categories regardless of major. These have different names depending on the college (distribution credits, university credits, liberal arts requirements, etc). The idea is to ensure everyone engages on some level with using math, writing, world history or culture, etc. He might be able to take a DE math course that would transfer. I would check specifics of the courses before enrolling so he knew if it were likely to transfer. Colleges can have quirky math sequences and I've seen College Algebra mean contradictory things (from remedial algebra to a bridge course before pre-calc to the non-trig portion of a pre-calc sequence). Is there a quantitative course he could take that would keep him using math but wouldn't involve doing calculus? Folks have mentioned economics and statistics. Physics could be an option. Business finance might be an option (I'm thinking of a course that might serve him as a manager of a lighting crew or as a small business owner). Summary Would it make him more competitive for admissions? Would it keep skills fresh for a required college course? Can he take a course that would transfer and fill a requirement? Are there related quantitative courses that would give him good background or life skills?
  7. The nine point system looks like an 8 point system (one point for each percentile division) with an extra bump for Honors and AP. Many colleges don't put much weight on GPA (pun intended) except for relative position in the one school environment and an indication of whether the student took advantage of the rigorous coursework available. There isn't much attempt to numerically equate the gpa of a student with a 8.9745 with a student with a 4.39 with a student with a 103. Rather it is about grades in the context of course difficulty. The most sought after colleges have finite seats and will turn down capable, talented students who will go on to be successful, kind adults. Fortunately there are actually hundreds of great schools out there (not 7-12) and what happens at 18 years old doesn't determine the entire course of your life.
  8. I just moved from Hawaii and have been on campus at UH Manoa, UH West Oahu, and Hawaii Pacific University if you want feedback.
  9. I'm not following what her intended major is. Is it one where she would be accepted into a combined BA/MA program. It's common for students to go to a different college for graduate degrees, so I'm not sure if the issue of scholarships for bachelors only is that compelling. Does the masters program she is looking at take students automatically from the same college or is the grad school a competitive entry program?
  10. It's not just small schools. I think any school that is test option can choose not to report cohort scores.
  11. Based on my conversations with people who have kids at SB and also with am alumna who was there when it almost closed, there may well have been some self-serving decisions happening. The alumna was describing members of the administration who were not following normal practices (such as meeting notifications to students on governing bodies). My understanding is that those members of administration left a couple years ago, as the fight to keep the school opened occurred. In a different venue I was reading a duscussion of the Common Data Set that pointed out that there is an 18 - 24 month delay from admitting student to releasing the CDS. So the 2017 set reflects data on students who would have enrolled during the turmoil around the threatened closure. You may have a good point about test scores indicating a school not being a good match for a particular student. That's worth considering. The national average ACT is 20.8 and the college ready benchmark score is 18. A student with lower scores might feel they are better supported at a school like Sweet Briar that somewhere like a community college. (Mary Baldwin had a similar average score to Sweet Briar.) I found it interesting that I actually couldn't compare with a few other similar schools that came to mind, because those schools are now test optional and no longer report score ranges at all.
  12. Uni Alabama Huntsville Auburn University of Cincinnati
  13. Those are issues that should be considered, but don't necessarily relate to the near closure a few years ago. I would look closely at any small college, especially those that are tuition dependent for annual revenue. I think Sweet Briar isn't immune to closing, but may be in a better place than other similar schools if only because of the attention the brush with closing brought to their budget. I don't see more recent Common Data Set reports on the website, but they do have this fact sheet. It's worth keeping in mind how many colleges accept the majority of applicants and how wide the range of test scores can be. Old Dominion University has about 19% in the ACT 12-17 range. I think the small size of the school means that a few test scores could have a significant effect. I'm not arguing that SB is a match for your kid. Just presenting some other things to consider.
  14. I would add at least two that have a high chance of admission and a clear financial pathway that isn't dependent on recieving a competitive scholarship.
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