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  1. We did an admissions tour a couple weeks ago at West Virginia University with my rising 10th and 9th graders. I want to write up my impressions of the school, but I'm not really sure what would be of interest to other people. If you visit a school with younger students, not necessarily because it is a school they will apply to , but because the opportunity presents itself, what sorts of things do you look for?
  2. So next week begins Part I of Epic College Road Trip (and Part II: The Colleging is soon to follow). I'm in search of advice, suggestions, and good-grief-whatever-you-do-don't-do-THAT admonitions. The kid is a junior, so he won't be interviewing, unless he gets pulled into an impromptu conversation that sort of turns into an interview. So just tours and info sessions. How should we dress? Just how much should the husband and I shut up? What questions should we ask? Not ask (I know to avoid anything easily found on the website so we don't sound like gits, but other touchy subjects?)? How do I keep from rolling my eyes out of my head when the mom next to me asks something like, "So would registering a patent in the eighth grade be a helpful thing to include on the application?" What about a campus should we be sure to check out that might not be included on a tour? Thanks to all college trip veterans for any advice you have for this noob.
  3. I've been away so long that I had a hard time remembering my password for these boards :glare:, but wanted to stop by to say that ds is planning to transfer to NMT in the fall. He's completed all the state mandated core requirements at the local community college. Last week, he returned an acceptance form for a generous transfer merit scholarship offer which will "stack" onto the remaining semesters of his state lottery scholarship. Membership in Phi Theta Kappa is taken into account for the transfer scholarship. The duration of the transfer scholarship seems reasonable given the number of credits he will need to graduate. I've been impressed with the fast responses; the first e-mail ds sent was answered within hours. We receive snail mail paperwork within 48 hours, and so far nothing has been lost. Ds is still waiting to find out exactly how many of his credits will transfer. Core requirements set by the state should transfer, but there may be a few classes he's taken beyond the core which will not count toward his major. He will be notified of his residence hall assignment later this month, and will attend the special registration and orientation for transfer students next month. The school is small; there's a single dining hall. The director seems eager to help with food allergy and medical requirements. Our neighbor's daughter graduated from NMT a couple of years ago. She liked the fact that there is a lot of interaction between faculty and students. We were able to attend a symposium on the day of our visit where groups of undergraduates presented the results of their research; grad students were doing solo presentations. I wasn't all that impressed with our tour of the traditional men's residence halls; they are adequate but seemed shabby/institutional especially when compared to other buildings on campus, but considering how ds keeps his bedroom I don't think it would bother him. He's applied for a apartment with 2-4 bedrooms and a shared bath, kitchen and living area, but no guarantee that he'll get in. There were no women in our tour, so we didn't tour the women's dorms. I was pleased to see how many opportunities there are for fitness activities on campus, and ds found out that there are more opportunities to pursue music than he had been aware of before our visit. I fell in love with the campus within a couple of hours; ds takes his time about everything, so I've been biting my tongue waiting for him to make a decision.
  4. We took this cool, overcast day to head north into NJ to visit Rutgers. This school for some reason was not on my radar to suggest to DS and I don't know why. As a Ceramic Engineer I met many Rutgers grads over the years and they alway impressed me with their engineering knowledge. Anyway the school popped into my head yesterday, I checked their website, signed us up for a couple tours and off we went this morning. DS did a little checking of the school's website before we left so he was a little aware of the school. Our first tour was a bus tour of the four campuses in New Brunswick. My impression---oh my, what a HUGE campus. I didn't realize that Rutgers was so big or so spread out. I think it would take me four years to find my way around this place. Our last stop was to see a dorm room. I found it to be similar in size to the dorm room size at LeHigh or Drexel, larger than U of DE. Each room has 2 beds, 2 dressers, 2 desks, a microwave & a mini-frig. Now the last two items I had not found provided by the university in any of the other dorm rooms. The rooms do NOT have WIFI! Each dorm has a lounge with a ping pong table, pool table, large-screen TV and maybe a few other items. Each dorm has a Grad student who has a special name...ugh, can't remember it. They are there to oversee the dorm. Each floor has an RA and every-other floor has a grad student to assist with educational counseling. Their role is to help your student find tutoring sources and other educational questions. Students are separated into Freshman dorms or upper class dorms. Housing is only guaranteed for Freshmen but "everyone" who wants a room gets one. After the bus tour, which was very well conducted with a very informative & personable student, we headed inside for an information session. While the Admissions Officier gave the talk there were topics that are normally covered in other information sessions that were left out. These include such topics as: How many students on the campus? What are the admission requirements? What is the cost? Is there an Honors program? Rutgers does a rolling admission, disinterested in recommendation letters and does not accept the common application. Admission is based upon your class grades, SAT or ACT scores, activities & clubs, and your essay. Hmm, where does the homeschooler fit in? Scholarships are also based upon the above. When applying the student does apply to a particular College, and can apply to up to three colleges. For the next tour I had signed us up for the Busch campus walking tour which is the Engineering and Science campus. The tour was lead by a Political Science major, entering his senior year who admitted to having spent little time on this particular campus. UGH!!! Why do they do this?????? I could have just as easily lead the tour and read the building names. DS heard some things that sparked his interest in Rutgers :001_smile: The campus setting does suit him. Lots of possibilities to walk on treelined sidewalks, ride his bike from one campus to the next on designated bike lanes and seeing lots of green open space helped this semi-country boy feel like this place, close to NYC, could be home for 4 yrs. Any Rutgers Alum out there? How is the school? Engineering? Any students apply there with BTDT stories to share? Carole
  5. We are heading out next week on our first trip to visit colleges. My son is sure he wants to leave our state (FL), so we are taking some time to visit schools in neighboring states. He really is not sure what he wants (besides getting out of the house), city/town, big/small so we tried to find a mix. He also plans to swim in college, so that limits our choices a bit. We are visiting College of Charleston, UNC-Wilmington, Clemson, Univ. of SC and Emory. I have heard that Emory and UNC-Wilmington are not the most homeschool friendly, but they both seem like a possible match for my son, so I want him to see the campuses. So, I am feeling overwhelmed and we haven't left yet! He is our oldest so this is all new. Besides the regular tour, what else has been beneficial to you all in your search? I plan to take notes, photos, etc. but I know I will get home and smack myself on the forehead. Any BTDT advice for me? Thanks!
  6. A recent thread about choosing colleges got me thinking that it would be a great benefit to all of us if those of us who are visiting colleges would post a report on the school(s) visited. Just a few impressions would be really valuable at least to me. Longer reports, great also. How 'bout it? Danielle
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