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  1. College Board (and probably also ACT) sell student info to colleges, which then hire enrollment management and marketing companies. That's why you may get a postcard encouraging you to apply to a school you already applied to. Sometimes they are hoping to get applicants and future students enrolled. Sometimes it seems mainly intended to raise name recognition. With so many students not having access to testing over the pas year, colleges have not been able to utilize the Student Search services, because the information isn't available. I usually suggest opting out of Student Search, but actively requesting information from any college that does catch their eye. Controlling the email inbox is a hard task. Having a separate email can help. Students should also unsubscribe from any college they don't care about.
  2. As my youngest is finishing high school, I've been transitioning to work as an Independent Educational Consultant. I would recommend contacting one of my peers, Rebecca Stuart Orlowski. She is a Professional Member of IECA, an experienced consultant, and a longtime homeschooler. She also has personal experience as the mom of students with special needs.
  3. I finished my graduate certificate in Independent Educational Consulting a year ago and opened my college admissions consulting business just as students were being sent home from their high schools. It has been an exciting time to be working in this arena. I've been doing continuing education in conferences for a couple of my professional organizations and even got to present on homeschooling at one big conference last fall.
  4. Here is how I might ask about homeschool students being included. The model described in the Forbes article requires the high school adopt Concourse and the school counselors verify student information. In the absence of test scores, many colleges are falling back on established relationships with well-resourced high schools. This disadvantages students who come from schools with fewer resources, like fewer AP courses or higher counselor case loads. How does Concourse intend to provide equitable access to students whose high schools do not choose to use the platform? How will Concourse ensure access for homeschool students, who are often valued by colleges but lack a school counseling office? For what it's worth, both a Fall 2020 Gallup survey and a Census community survey showed 10% of students were homeschooled this school year, a 100% jump from the previous year's data. Big areas of growth include racial and ethnic minorities. Homeschooling isn't as niche or monolithic as they might perceive.
  5. The College Board eliminated the SAT Subject Tests. They are no longer available (outside the US, they kept two remaining dates, then they are eliminated). The University of California will not use the SAT or ACT for admissions decisions.
  6. There are relatively few colleges that are need blind. Fewer that meet all demonstrated need. Most colleges depend on tuition as revenue in order to meet annual operating expenses. A part of shaping the class during admissions is considering how much need based aid some students would need in order to afford to enroll and how much non-need based aid other students would need to receive in order to choose to enroll. Most colleges are not for profit entities, but they still have balance sheets they cannot ignore. Jeff Selingo has a section about this in Who Gets In and Why. This is a LinkedIn article he wrote on the same topic. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-colleges-like-airlines-jeff-selingo He also did a Wall Street Journal essay on the same topic. https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-secrets-of-elite-college-admissions-11598626784
  7. It's also worth mentioning that he was turned down by similarly selective colleges (University of Chicago & Wash U St Louis).
  8. Level 5 is about where my kid at Stanford had achievements too. I think what helped him was having several things that all tied in together (multiple hard languages, starting a MUN club, along with very high test scores, AP, and Dual Enrollment).
  9. I agree with all of the above. I was thinking of low - zero EFC students who have totally different prospects meets needs colleges than even at generous colleges that still expect $10-15k per year for room and board. Running an EFC calculator and using the Net Price Calculators for individual colleges is essential.
  10. Two other thoughts about why a student might choose to apply mainly to Ivy League and similar colleges -- money. These schools tend to have large endowments from generations of involved alumni (and families of alumni). Where a small liberal arts college may depend on annual tuition to provide the majority of operating revenue, a college with a major endowment can afford to spend much, much more on each student. It's estimated, for example, that Stanford tuition covers about 20% of the cost associated with each undergrad. The rest is paid for out of earnings from the school's endowment. There are very few colleges in the US that meet full financial need (fewer than 100). A high performing student with high need may find they pay much less at a school like Stanford or Harvard than their state flagship or a public university where they would be an out of state student. Most colleges simply cannot afford to meet full financial need. At the same time, no student should put all their eggs in the basket marked "most selective colleges" because only a fraction of the very well qualified students who apply will be admitted.
  11. I don't think there is a question on the FAFSA that asks about medical expenses. You can contact financial aid offices and provide amplifying information about family expenses that can be taken into account when determining financial need. These tip sheets are written for financial aid officers at colleges that use the CSS/Profile financial aid application. However, they give a good idea of the type of information that even FAFSA only colleges would consider useful for making professional judgement about aid. https://professionals.collegeboard.org/higher-ed/financial-aid/im/tips
  12. I do think it's important for students and families to realize that a 4.0 and high scores does not automatically mean admission to the student's dream school. It does matter what students do with their time out of class. Availability of activities is influenced by family, school, and community resources. Some colleges will do more to try to perceive context than others. And to go back to the OP. The Ivy League is an athletic conference. It does not define the outer limits of quality education.
  13. Common Application is piloting something similar in three states this year.
  14. Off the top of my head, Colorado School of Mines (not sure about aid) University of Alabama in Huntsville University of Cincinnati (not a lot of aid, but students in engineering do several paid coops as part if the curriculum) Rose-Hulman (not sure on aid)
  15. I coached Science Olympiad for a small homeschool team. Our high school level team was very young, with a number of 6-8th grade members just to fill the team. Our efforts were supported by annual dues and energetic parents. When we went to coaches training at the private school campus of the usual state winner, that school's kids were working on builds in the STEM work area that also housed tens of thousands of dollars of robotics equipment and an ultralight aircraft a student club was building.
  16. The problems I have with lists like this... It mixes a ranking of involvement or recognition in one area with equating achievements across areas. It's one thing to say running a large club is better than being a less-involved member. It's a big step to then say one group or activity is superior to another. It strips context of the student's situation. AP Scholar status isn't possible at schools that don't offer lots of AP courses. A student won't medal in any Science Olympiad event if their school doesn't have a team. They won't have high level math competition results absent an early introduction to the existence of math competitions. The list doesn't include things like work, family responsibilities, or long duration volunteerism. It suggests that these activities will get you in to the most selective colleges. I think it suggests a weighting system that isn't actually used. Just as highly selective colleges don't simply stack students by test score and gpa, they don't take all the students with highest level achievements before going to the next level. What might be useful in looking at a list like this is realizing how many students are high achieving. A student at the top of their class of 500-1000 students may struggle to perceive that there are tens of thousands of students in the US with similar attributes to theirs.
  17. This is definitely a conversation I've had many times. I think some families are unaware of what the college landscape in the US looks like, with many private colleges of various sizes and endowments, public flagships that are highly regarded and selective, and other public colleges that include liberal arts, research, and non-selective commuter schools. Add community colleges (with vocational programs, remedial classes, and high quality transferable classes -- maybe on the same campus) and for profit private colleges. Across that wide spectrum, it's hard to make definitive statements about what colleges want or what is necessary. There are also families who start with a measure of contempt for college that affects their decision making.
  18. The latest paper revision was a few years ago. The ebook is older. It is outdated in the sense that it isn't adding new colleges each year, nor does the CTCL organization, which is a consortium of the schools themselves. For other majors, I look at how many graduates are in the major, what the sample course plan is, if there is news of graduates earning advanced degrees or working in the field. I see what professors are working on. When I read an interesting announcement about research, I look to see where the researchers are associated with and when possible, where they earned their undergraduate degree. I'd suggest a thread outlining what you're looking for. That might get more replies with suggestions.
  19. Two other results have come in for ds. Purdue admitted to his 2nd choice major of Mechanical Engineering Technology. Since he was admitted for Mechanical Engineering at other schools, this one is out of consideration. Virginia Tech (in state application) waitlisted for Engineering. He accepted the waitlist offer, but has moved on. I suspect the waitlist is quite long this year.
  20. So far as people feel comfortable, it would be helpful to include links to articles that name the names of colleges you know are cutting programs.
  21. Forbes and Hechinger Report also do good higher education reporting.
  22. FWIW, direct admission is quite common for high demand and academically challenging majors at selective colleges. I've frequently seen this with engineering, computer science, business, and nursing. It's based on a combination of a finite capacity for students and a goal of admitting students who are prepared to succeed. Students who want a degree in something like engineering, but need support to build academic foundations like calculus and physics should look for colleges that will support that process. For example, the vibe from engineering faculty at George Mason University was supportive and about offering potential pathways like CC transfers into engineering. That is not what you may find at a college that has far more engineering applications than it can admit.
  23. Tl;dr She should enroll at UT if she will be content doing the major she is admitted to. There is no guarantee of ability to switch. One of my colleagues phrases it this way: Do you really want to attend University of Texas or do you really want to do a particular major? I would add that it's OK to decline admission to a sought after college it it doesn't offer you what meets your needs. Info on internal transfer https://admissions.utexas.edu/enroll/internal-transfer Internal transfer to UT Engineering https://www.engr.utexas.edu/admissions/undergraduate/internal-transfer Chemical Engineering https://che.utexas.edu/prospective-students/undergraduate-students/apply-online-check-application-status-2/transfer-students/
  24. A couple thoughts. I have two with September birthdays. One graduated and went on to college at 17. It was great for him. The other will graduate and go on to college just before turning 19. He did two years as an 8th grader. It was great for him. When we decided to have him loiter a year before starting high school, it was with the understanding that we could readjust later if warranted. He was doing algebra in middle school, but needed to develop writing skills. The big advances were the time I had him enrolled with Lukeion Project writing classes and the semester in a NASA supported online class that required an academic paper every two weeks. It was fast paced, but content he was excited about. I don't think he will ever look forward to literary analysis classes.
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