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Sebastian (a lady)

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  1. That reply definitely looks like it's mixing up AP and SAT.
  2. I only listed names for a few instances where the instructor credentials were significant, like Lukeion Project courses.
  3. Well done to everyone who is making progress on their applications. Such a big milestone, no matter if you homeschooled K-12 or just a few years, if it's your oldest headed off or your youngest. When my son was doing applications last year, I made him replay the Common App confetti screen for me with each application submitted. It was silly, but I loved that confetti.
  4. No, a highly selective school like Northwestern turns down many well qualified students. ED is attractive to a college because they are assured those students will yield if accepted. Yes, a student can back out of the financial aid offer doesn't work. But that is walking away from admission to a school that is their top choice. Most want the students to deposit in a few weeks. They don't let the student come back around after other offers come in and say they do really want to attend. ED can be useful if you know you have high EFC and can afford to pay with little aid or if you have a low EFC and the school commits to meeting demonstrated need. It's not a great option if you want to compare offers from multiple colleges.
  5. The main consequence would be that the ED college could withdraw their offer of admission.
  6. Stanford has Restrictive Early Action, which is not compatible with simultaneously applying ED to another college. https://admission.stanford.edu/apply/decision_process/index.html
  7. It is definitely repeated by many admissions officials. ED deadlines are typically Nov 1 - Dec 1. The student not only needs to have strong test scores and grades in hand, but they have to be motivated and organized enough to have decided where to apply, complete the application (with required essays) and have coordinated their letters of recommendation. That does often correlate to students who have strong records.
  8. Hugs to everyone. This new season of life definitely takes time to settle into. My youngest started college so now the house can be very quiet. We weren't doing classwork together much senior year, but I miss lunches together, watching what visited the bird feeder, and his invitations to go work out. At the same time, I'm loving hearing that he's excited about his new classes and has already gotten involved with a couple groups. Hang in there.
  9. When I'm working with students on essays, we talk about what they want the college to know about them that doesn't come through in the more quantitative parts of the application. Who are they apart from grades, courses, and test scores? What traits and characteristics will they add to the campus community? The essay can add a lot of detail to the application and give admissions an idea of who the student is as an individual. That doesn't mean they have to write about something no one else has ever written about. But it does mean that the essay should be very much about who they are as a person, rather than general statements that might apply to most students.
  10. I would put it in the Science section. It's fine to have more than 4 science credits. I would use an Electives section for courses that did not fall into a core subject area.
  11. I went through a bunch of college requirements several years back (post would have been around the end of February 2014). At that time, the only college I could find that said Latin didn't fulfill their language requirement for ADMISSIONS was the US Air Force Academy. (And even then, another poster mentioned her child had been offered an appointment despite only having Latin, so evidently they had leeway.) As @Farrar mentioned, Latin doesn't always meet the college graduation requirements for foreign language proficiency. That requirement is going to depend on the specific college and what major the student does. ETA: I just checked and these days, the Air Force Academy WILL accept Latin for their foreign language admissions requirement (but does not accept ASL). So I would put the oft repeated caution about Latin into the no longer true category. Having said that, I think a wise student is able to point to a pretty rigorous study of Latin if that is what they are pursuing. A roots study isn't developing fluency in the language. I'm personally also skeptical of programs like Rosetta Stone and Duolingo, unless there is someone with language fluency who is supervising the studies. My experience is that online programs promote passive understanding (listening and reading) as measured in a multiple choice environment, but aren't so great with active requirements (speaking and writing) or understanding/translating larger blocks of text.
  12. Some other tests might give her more experience with the general flow of testing in a room with others. My kids did AMC math tests, National Mythology Exam, and National Latin Exam. Some were in small groups with homeschoolers. Some were at testing centers. In some cases, I had to be the driving force. I got my homeschool group to offer the AMC by coordinating the test and finding a proctor.
  13. Yes, he would be independent on the FAFSA. That is likely to result in a lower EFC. But EFC is the minimum a college expects a student (or family) to pay. There may still be a gap between demonstrated need and cost of attendance.
  14. I went back to school for a graduate certificate and work as an Educational Consultant now that my active homeschool days are over. When I talk about fit to students, I don't mean one school that is the one and only that will make them happy. I am thinking more along the lines of being a place where most of their needs can be met academically, socially, and financially. If a student wants to major in engineering, they need a school that has ABET engineering programs they can be admitted to. If they want to study a specific foreign language, there needs to be sufficient depth to support that. I think the social fit is one where most students could be ok in a range of settings. I think a student is going to have the best experience when they show lots of initiative to build networks with other students and with faculty.
  15. Rather than focus on ranking as a way of judging schools, I would work on identifying qualities that might make a school a good fit. You've already articulated a few factors. More will come in the next few years. Rankings tell you more about the popularity of the school and the type of students who are admitted than anything about the quality of education or social life on campus. Rankings rarely give info about specific programs or majors. There are some great recent books about colleges and college admissions. A few I would recommend. The Price You Pay for College by Ron Lieber Who Gets in and Why by Jeff Selingo Colleges that Change Lives (this one is now several years old, but it will still help you and your dd think about what she wants to find on campus) Also, this paper does a good job of explaining why rankings are a pretty hollow measure of quality. https://ed.stanford.edu/sites/default/files/challenge_success_white_paper_on_college_admissions_10.1.2018-reduced.pdf
  16. This can also be true, though I wonder if it's more of an issue for science majors than humanities majors.
  17. One reason liberal arts colleges tend to be separated out is that they often don't have extensive graduate programs and may have limited or no engineering programs. Liberal arts colleges may be smaller. The lack of graduate students can mean greater contact with professors, because there aren't grad student TAs. It's just a very different model than a large university.
  18. I would also ask if additional information would be considered if submitted. In other words, it might not be required, but might weigh in a student's favor for consideration of honors college, scholarships, etc. I found a discussion of the WCU Great Grades Guarantee. It said homeschoolers were considered for this on a case by case basis. It may be worth asking what material would support that review. https://www.wcu.edu/apply/undergraduate-admissions/first-year-students/great-grades-guarantee.aspx
  19. This is the Admissions info from College Navigator, which pulls from the data submitted to the US Department of Education. You can see the middle 50% test scores on the bottom half. This is for the freshman class starting Fall 2020.
  20. I've heard many admissions reps comment on low attendance at virtual events. I think there is a reasonable chance that a student can get one on one feedback. Also, don't overlook the possibility that specific programs and majors may have virtual events or the option to schedule a meeting with a student or professor.
  21. These dates are 2-4 weeks later than in past years. Late enough that I wonder how much scrambling college freshmen will have to do to make late changes to their fall schedules.
  22. Just a quick reminder to send a final transcript to the college your new high school graduate will be attending. If they were dual enrolled as part of 12th grade, you may also want to send an official spring transcript so their college has that on hand when it's time for them to register for fall classes. Congratulations to all the new graduates.
  23. You could also split some of the info about homeschooling into a school profile document. Then use the counselor recommendation to dwell on her personal characteristics. I think of the profile as the what and how document. What did the school setting look like. The recommendation is pulling back the curtain to show more of the student within the setting. That said, reading a homeschool application is different than an app from a public or private school student. The reader won't be comparing multiple students from the same school or evaluating if the homeschool student took all the AP courses the school offered. So if it feels right to combine into one document, that is ok.
  24. No laundry list of activities in the essay. That already exists in the activities section and would be a missed opportunity to offer information that doesn't appear elsewhere. The counselor letter should not summarize what is in the student section, but might amplify it. It's also a place to provide info the student didn't have a place for or know how to express.
  25. It sounds like she's on the right track. The essay should sound like the student wrote it and should focus on revealing insights about the student that are not readily apparent from the data in the application (like grades, scores, and lists of activities). It can be very helpful to read an essay out loud. Many errors and awkward phrases will pop out when read.
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