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  1. Yes, she has some schools she won't hear from till March. So we're still waiting! She ended up not applying to UT, but her brother might in a few years, so it's good to hear of an acceptance!
  2. That's fantastic! I remember discussing with you some time ago on another thread about UT and homeschoolers, so your report is encouraging!
  3. Bristayl

    TA experiences? (updated in OP)

    @easypeasy, I would recommend that your dd create an account on and ask questions there. They are a great resource.
  4. Dd has been named a Regeneron Scholar! She submitted the research she has been doing at a local university with a biology professor. Now we wait for Jan. 23, when they will name the finalists who will be invited to Washington, D.C. to present their research. The list of scholars lists our homeschool name and now I almost wish I had put the words "home school" in the name because the name I use makes it sound like a private school. So it's not obvious that a homeschooler is on the list!
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    Compass Prep's NMF discussion

    @mirabillis, there is some talk on the hs2coll Yahoo Group that Oct 24 test takers are contacting the National Merit people (not the College Board) to see if they can be allowed to use the "alternate entry" method, which is based on SAT scores taken between Oct and Jun of the junior year. The person said that the National Merit people are "waiting to get all the statistics from the College Board," but it may be worth a try to contact them.I would think that the more people they hear from, the better.
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    Compass Prep's NMF discussion

    Wow, looking at the "Understanding Scores 2018" document, missing just one question on each section (Reading, Writing/Language, Math) on that Oct. 24 test would give a National Merit Selection Index of 215, well below the cutoff in many states.
  7. DD's Texas A&M portal has updated to show that she has been awarded the President's Endowed Scholarship.
  8. We've received notice from one college that our FAFSA was selected for verification (not surprising since we didn't use the IRS DRT), and we will need to submit a tax return transcript, which we can get as an online download. Does this mean that we will need to submit this verification document to all the colleges that received our FAFSA? Just wondering.
  9. Thanks for the prompt, RootAnn! For my DD: Texas A&M Texas Tech (Presidential Scholarship) University of Texas-Dallas (Academic Excellence Scholarship) University of Texas-Arlington
  10. Well, DD hit submit on her early action app! She already has acceptances to four state schools, but her remaining apps are all uber-reaches and this early one was her favorite of that group, so it was the one that felt the most momentous! I don't know whether to feel relieved or anxious!
  11. Yes, she is going in next week to ask the prof for a letter of recommendation and whether the prof still has a record of her comments. I'll encourage her to contact the college as well. She can't be the only one whose papers were submitted online!
  12. Update: Princeton's webpage for homeschoolers now says the following about the graded paper requirement: "The graded written paper can be graded and commented upon by whomever your teacher is in your course (including your parent). Please refer to general requirements for the graded written paper." Which is great, although the general requirements say that the paper should have the grade and comments handwritten on it, and the paper she was planning to submit from her DE class does not have this because it was submitted online. The professor's comments were also online but unfortunately I don't think we saved a copy of them.
  13. Do you include courses planned for the spring in your course descriptions? Dd is planning to take Calculus I as dual enrollment in the spring, but if for some reason that doesn't work out, she would do calculus at home. I normally put the college's course descriptions for her DE classes, but am wondering if I should put a more general description for calculus in case she ends up doing it at home. But it is listed on her transcript as a planned DE course for the spring, so it might look odd if I don't put the college's description for that when I am doing so for all her other DE courses.
  14. Ah, I apparently had no memory of that post! Thanks for pointing me to it!
  15. I just thought I remembered someone saying their student had submitted their app but the endorser had not yet, but NMSC would still accept the app because the student had submitted it on time, even if the endorser was a few days late. But my instructions say that when dd and I finish our parts, we are to submit the app to the endorser, who is to submit it to NMSC by the due date. It just makes me a little nervous to put the submission of the whole app in someone else's hands, lol! Here's the exact wording in case anyone is curious: >>You will need to designate a person to complete a letter of recommendation, provide characterization information, and endorse your homeschooled student. This person must not be related to you or your homeschooled student and should know the student in an academic capacity. Once you and your homeschooled student have completed your portions of the application, you will submit the application to this Endorser and he or she will complete the remaining sections of the application and transmit it to NMSC. Before e-mailing the temporary credentials to the Endorser, please confirm that he or she is willing to complete the recommendation and endorsement and transmit it to NMSC by the deadline.<<
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