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    Quote Originally Posted by LKnomad View Post
    My son is taking it hard. These two schools were the ones he wanted most. They were also closer to home and had everything he wanted.

    He has a visit scheduled in 2 weeks with another college that had already offered admission and merit, would be totally affordable, and I think would be a great fit. It is just not as close to home. This also puts Reed at the top of his list now and as an athiest, and highly cerebral kid, would just be such a great place for him. They will announce acceptances last!!! This is making me nuts.

    There must be a better way.
    I'm sorry he's taking it hard. That's rough. I'm sure it will all work out and he'll be happy where he ends up, but that's too bad that the two schools he wanted most didn't work out.

    Erica

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    We've heard from all, and decisions have been made. DS was accepted to 3 out of 5, but one of those did not admit him to the program he wanted (as a freshman, anyway), and it's downright too expensive anyway to hope he gets into the program as a sophomore when their acceptance rate to the specific program is only 30-40%!!

    Anyway, he'll be going in-state to a still highly ranked CS program. On the plus side, if he interns with tech companies as he hopes (and which they promote), he will likely graduate with no college debt. He's just bummed because, to him, it feels like the decision was made for him. I've been trying to let him know that he's lucky--lots of kids don't get the chance to go or will owe big $$$ when they are done.
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Nice to know we aren't the only ones dealing with this. We have three acceptances and one wait list (which is the same as a rejection but maybe doesn't smart quite as much). Also three rejections, but we hear on the one she wants most on the 31st. I think the rejections bother me more than dd lol. But the bottom line is that she will have a school to head off to this Fall.
    Julie,
    Former Homeschooler to two daughters, age 20 and in college and age 12 back in ps.

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    We have heard from 10 of the 12. There are 7 admits, 3 rejections, and then we are waiting for Ivy day for the deferral (knowing it is a rejection). The last one said that they will be sending out results via snail mail postmarked April 1. REALLY????? That means he won't get the results until next Monday or Tuesday. Of course, right now that is his new top choice. Sigh.

    So far the financial aid offers have been pretty close with merit aid and generous need based aid.

    This is our upcoming schedule for admitted students days for the colleges he is interested in.

    March 30th - Local University of California visit for honors program
    April 1 - Out of state visit for small private liberal arts school
    April 8 - visit for small private liberal arts school about 1 hour away.
    April 10 - reception and info session for a different University of CA.
    ?? If he gets into this last school who knows how we will visit.

    He managed to get into UCLA and UC Berkeley so we were pretty proud, but I think he will prefer the small liberal arts schools instead. He likes the smaller class size and more attention. We shall see.

    I am tired just writing this.
    Mom to two boys
    14 year old/9th grade homeschooler
    Non homeschooled son heading to Reed College this fall, and proudly wearing his Reed/Atheist t-shirt.

    I spend a lot of time sitting in an ice skating rink - still

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    LKnomad, I am tired of thinking about it. Dd doesn't want to talk about the schools she got into until the first, when we have all the responses. She applied to fourteen schools, I think lol. I am starting to lose track. I have been quietly doing comparative research about the schools she got into and that is what is keeping me calm. I have my first choice but she will be the one to decide. The aid packages are pretty equal between the three, two in Boston and one in DC. She wants to live on the East Coast and wants an Urban school. April will be our travel month. We will most likely be heading to Boston, or dh and dd will. It is nice you can drive to visit. Our visits will involve flights.

    Two of the schools she got into have honors programs that accepted her. I am puzzled by the whole honors program thing. If you are acceptable as a student at a particular school shouldn't you have access to everything the school has to offer? Why have a separate track with preferential treatment in terms of things like class size? Anyway, it just bugs me even though it is good for dd I guess.
    Julie,
    Former Homeschooler to two daughters, age 20 and in college and age 12 back in ps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Accidental Homeschooler

    Two of the schools she got into have honors programs that accepted her. I am puzzled by the whole honors program thing. If you are acceptable as a student at a particular school shouldn't you have access to everything the school has to offer? Why have a separate track with preferential treatment in terms of things like class size? Anyway, it just bugs me even though it is good for dd I guess.
    We just returned from the College Honors Program info session this AM for UC Irvine and let me tell you, the acceptance into the honors program moved this school above UCLA and UC Berkeley. From what I understand there is no honors programs at the top state schools here in CA because everyone is at an honors level, but for UCI, they take the top 2% or so and admit them into the honors program. There will be around 250 students or so. All schools will do things differently but the honors program here creates a separate core program that the honors students take together, that it is taught at a higher level, and satisfies all core requirements. The classes are smaller and they are all taught by professors not TAs. They also get priority registration (before seniors and athletes), honors housing, separate honors classes in their majors which as smaller, etc. It is a way of creating a smaller schools inside a larger one for top students and it is a good way to keep the brightest students who might otherwise go to higher level schools. Like I said, this put UCI, a second tier UC school above both UCLA and UCB for my son. At least for now. We have a Berkeley event next weekend so who knows.

    While it seems like a great program, my son says it is not enough to make him choose it over a smaller school.
    Mom to two boys
    14 year old/9th grade homeschooler
    Non homeschooled son heading to Reed College this fall, and proudly wearing his Reed/Atheist t-shirt.

    I spend a lot of time sitting in an ice skating rink - still

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    I guess what I am saying is that honors programs allow schools to recruit better students by giving them the same opportunities they would get at better schools.
    Mom to two boys
    14 year old/9th grade homeschooler
    Non homeschooled son heading to Reed College this fall, and proudly wearing his Reed/Atheist t-shirt.

    I spend a lot of time sitting in an ice skating rink - still

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    I just want to point out that not all honors programs are treated equal, so you will want to check it out depending on the school.

    One school I taught at the honors program was an afterthought. I am not sure of all of the benefits, but I would have a student show up in my class and say that they are in the honors program. Then I had to come up with a plan for that one student to complete over the course of the semester in order for it to count as honors. Definitely not a cohesive plan and I wasn't even sure how it was benefiting the student.
    A mama who teaches college writing, as well as help her 11-year-old in
    choosing his own life adventure. Using Global Village School to support our desire to develop a sense of social justice and global awareness.

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    I get why schools would want to do it, to attract higher performing students and improve their stats and all. It just offends my egalitarian nature. One of the honors programs dd got into has its own dorm. So if you are a student good enough to get in to a school and are paying the same tuition, it just seems wrong to me to be offered the lesser experience, that's all. I am happy for dd though.
    Julie,
    Former Homeschooler to two daughters, age 20 and in college and age 12 back in ps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Accidental Homeschooler View Post
    I get why schools would want to do it, to attract higher performing students and improve their stats and all. It just offends my egalitarian nature. One of the honors programs dd got into has its own dorm. So if you are a student good enough to get in to a school and are paying the same tuition, it just seems wrong to me to be offered the lesser experience, that's all. I am happy for dd though.
    The seperate dorm situation is a plus for my son because he does a lot of studying. I remember from my old college days, the amount of partying and "other activities" that went on in my dorms. While honors dorms are not immune to college fun, if you have a kid whose piority is school work, and main social base of friend are those who are academic, then a seperate dorm makes sense. It also adds to the small school within a school feeling that many programs are trying to cultivate. The honors program at UCI also offers special study rooms in the library. For a proper honors program. These perks allow those students who have already shown exceptional promise, the ability to avoid derailing into college party life. It also allows them to bond with other honors students. In a school of over 30,000 that really helps.

    This assumes that you are not dealing with a situation like Mariam describes.

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