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Sebastian (a lady)

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  1. I thought Akil Bello did a good job outlining a decision tree for if/when a student should take the SAT or ACT. https://akilbello.com/2021/10/02/should-you-take-the-sat-act-or-not/
  2. This post only cites data from two colleges, one of which is Georgetown, a college that is infamous for it's use of scores in admissions. (Georgetown only stopped requiring Subject Tests when College Board stopped offering it.) Do strong test scores as a positive signal in college admissions? Yes (for schools that are not test blind). Do amazing test scores by themselves result in admission to highly rejective colleges? No (and this isn't new). Do some students get admitted without test scores? Yes The info I've seen colleges share runs between an even split (ex. 50% submitted scores and 50% of those admitted submitted scores) to a slight advantage to those with scores (ex 50% submitted and 60% of those admitted had scores). But few colleges are sharing data that is full enough to be useful. Did students have test scores from tests taken in 7-10th grade, corresponding to an early attention to testing and college admissions? Did their grades and activities also indicate high level achievements? Were they full pay? Reporting from sources like IvyCoach also tends to focus on a handful of highly rejective colleges. It's fine to have that discussion, but wrong to generalize it explaining what all colleges require. I have other issues with Ivy Coach based on incidents like this. https://www.insidehighered.com/admissions/article/2018/02/12/suit-reveals-elite-college-consultants-charged-family-15-million
  3. That's interesting, because the way I've imagined the documentation you might submit for some of your kids isn't that far from this list. How did you describe language study for your dd who did languages. Didn't she have significant projects to describe? I do think it's more effective for a college to say these are the types of information we must have and this is what may also be helpful. Rather than a blanket statement that we want all of this for every course across all subjects. I also think colleges that turn down 90% of applicants are trying to discern who did deep academic work like a foreign language fairy tale project and who did Duolingo on alternate Thursdays. And who is somewhere in between.
  4. Don't assume an online teacher can only write a meh recommendation. My kids had some outstanding recs from online teachers and pretty meh letters from in person CC profs (who I expected to be more effective letter writers). Within Common App, you have to designate a recommender by category. If the college requires teacher recommendations, you can't use a recommendation from someone with a different category in that spot. Also, lots of students have minimal relationships with teachers from last year. It's ok to go back to sophomore year, use a non-core subject teacher, or max out other recommenders.
  5. I don't see this as expecting the student needed to go to other countries, but asking for it to be noted if they did. Before you expend a lot more work on your documents, call the admissions office and ask if the additional content is required and useful.
  6. There are many colleges that are also test optional for homeschoolers. In the conversations I have with college admissions reps, it seems to run about 75% test optional for everyone and 25% would like to see scores from homeschoolers. That said, test optional isn't test blind and homeschoolers can often benefit from providing test scores. All of the University of California and California State University campuses are currently test blind for all. Worcester PI is also test blind.
  7. The problem with books is that they take a long time to get to press and have to cover everything from community college to highly rejective colleges. There is so much good info here available for free. And there are consultants who specialize in homeschooling with lots of real time knowledge of college admissions.
  8. I can't find these requirements anywhere on the Cornell University website.
  9. I agree that this website looks scammy. I'm pretty sure it is scrapping info about Cornell to create a look alike site. However, I'll also say that the requirements mentioned aren't that far from what is often included in course descriptions. So while I don't think this is what Cornell is asking for, it would not be that high of a bar. One of our young homeschool friends is a senior at Cornell.
  10. You should definitely contact the college financial aid office and ask for professional judgement based on higher than normal medical costs. Use the professional judgement tip sheets here to prepare for the type of information that will support your request. https://professionals.collegeboard.org/higher-ed/financial-aid/im/tips
  11. Do you mind sharing the name of the university that does this? I'm writing a guide to course descriptions and would love to include this as an example of specific asks from colleges.
  12. That reply definitely looks like it's mixing up AP and SAT.
  13. I only listed names for a few instances where the instructor credentials were significant, like Lukeion Project courses.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. The main consequence would be that the ED college could withdraw their offer of admission.
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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