plansrme Posted May 27, 2017 Share Posted May 27, 2017 I am sure this has been discussed elsewhere, but I would love to hear some thoughts on academic fit and what I am calling, in my house, the "three little pigs" dilemma. My athlete daughter has 3 or 4 top contenders for her talents right now. She likes all of the three or four, and they are all comparable from a swim standpoint. Academically, however, they run the gamut. My daughter is a good student, but not a great one; she has reading comprehension issues, but she does fine. Most likely major at this point is nursing. So, we have: 1. Little Pig No. 1, the small pig: a school were she would get a big chunk of academic money on top of swim money and would be at about the 75% percentile based on test scores. School has retention rate issues but is working on that pretty aggressively. School has the added benefit of being the most flexible for nursing majors. 2. Little Pig No. 2, the medium pig: She would be right smack in the middle based on test scores. Probably going to be our most expensive option but still within budget, although this coach has not actually given us numbers yet. (There are actually two contenders in this category.) 3. Little Pig No. 3: the big pig: She would be at the 25th percentile based on test scores. Has already been offered a full swim ride here, but there are things that make me doubt it would be a good fit for her, and the uncertainty over whether she could keep up academically is one. We have ruled out pursuing other schools that would be this big of a stretch academically (she's turned down feelers from CalTech and the USNA, for instance!), but this one came after her pretty aggressively. I would love to hear how your students navigated similar situations and how it's worked out. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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