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    Today is the big day here. After five we start getting more options, or not. The time is dragging. Yesterday I went and read the bio's of all the faculty of the physics department at one school where she got in.

    I get what you are saying LKnomad, really. It just doesn't sit right with me somehow even though there will be benefits for Dd. And reading about the honors program where she could go, it is really a separate program with a lot more academic freedom in addition to the dorms, which would be perfect for my dd.
    Julie,
    Former Homeschooler to two daughters, age 20 and in college and age 12 back in ps.

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    The honors dorm as you describe, LKnomad, is what we were hoping for our daughter. However, just as much partying took place in the Honors dorm as in others...at least on her campus. It all depends on how much the RAs are willing to police the activity. There were many, many nights my dd has had to open her door to extremely loud residents right outside her room at 2 am to ask them to shut the h*#L up.

    That being said, she's loved the other perks of her honors program--smaller classes, more discussion than lecture, taught by profs and not TAs. She also bumps up in priority when registering for classes.

    My son, however, is declining the honors program at Purdue. It has some of the same approaches but has a very strong cross-curricular base in which he's not interested, in addition to a "grooming to be leaders" focus. He's a quiet, focused-on-tech kind of kid and it's just not his thing. He wants to concentrate on learning more about programming and garnering further internships instead.

    Each student needs to find what works individually.
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    Carol

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


    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son (21), a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Quote Originally Posted by Accidental Homeschooler View Post
    Today is the big day here. After five we start getting more options, or not. The time is dragging. Yesterday I went and read the bio's of all the faculty of the physics department at one school where she got in.
    Having a BS in physics, I say kudos to your daughter for majoring in it. It's an exciting, challenging field. Best of luck to her in her college choices!
    Carol

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


    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son (21), a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Quote Originally Posted by inmom View Post
    Having a BS in physics, I say kudos to your daughter for majoring in it. It's an exciting, challenging field. Best of luck to her in her college choices!
    Thanks Carol! I am glad to hear your daughter is enjoying Iowa City!
    Julie,
    Former Homeschooler to two daughters, age 20 and in college and age 12 back in ps.

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    OMG we are down to two choices!!!! That is from 8 to 2. Please help me make it another week without losing my mind.....
    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, my cousin went to Reed, loved it...we're Chicagoans originally if that makes a difference/shows that that school has a draw beyond its west coast/PNW location, which I think is pretty important!
    Eclectically homeschooling 8th grade dd, who likes science as much as art...

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    I'm coming at this from a totally different perspective but I interviewed 25 seniors as an alumni interviewer for Stanford and not one got in. There were some absolutely amazing kids and I was totally baffled. I get that Stanford now has less than a 4% acceptance rate but I have no idea what they are looking for if a couple of these kids weren't it. Remind your children that college admissions is a crap shoot, if you were accepted at one comparable college you are qualified for the other, you just didn't hit their diversity buttons this time. I hope they all land at colleges that they love and that they can thrive at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alisondux View Post
    I'm coming at this from a totally different perspective but I interviewed 25 seniors as an alumni interviewer for Stanford and not one got in. There were some absolutely amazing kids and I was totally baffled. I get that Stanford now has less than a 4% acceptance rate but I have no idea what they are looking for if a couple of these kids weren't it. Remind your children that college admissions is a crap shoot, if you were accepted at one comparable college you are qualified for the other, you just didn't hit their diversity buttons this time. I hope they all land at colleges that they love and that they can thrive at.
    What we did was choose the dream college and then looked at dream like colleges that would offer the same type of feel. My son was rejected from his two dream colleges but is finding that the ones we chose as dream like, really will work out, and might even be a better fit (I am looking at you Reed).

    Stanford was on his list as a crapshoot, just to see. He had all the stats but, everyone now has all the stats!!!! When I asked if he was accepted, when he checked at the designated time, he laughed and said "of course not!"

    Just for fun, take a look at these statistics. These guys are collecting them as they are officially announced. There are separate numbers for EA/ED/REA and RD.

    College Admissions Statistics Class of 2020: Early Decision & Early Action Acceptance Rates - College Confidential

    Stanford RD was 3.6%
    Stanford REA was 9.5% (But that will include athletes and other recruits.)
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by fastweedpuller View Post
    LKNomad, my cousin went to Reed, loved it...we're Chicagoans originally if that makes a difference/shows that that school has a draw beyond its west coast/PNW location, which I think is pretty important!

    We will visit Reed on Friday and then he chooses between Reed and Whitman. Pretty sure Reed will win but I will wait to see what he says.

    Both are part of the whole Colleges that Change Lives movement and that really was the right way to go for him.
    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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    Well I am happy to say I might be spending more time on the secular homeschool forums now. The college search is done and visits are over. No more plane rides or airports until Aug. We have a winner.

    Kid is going to Reed.

    When the decision was made we headed to the bookstore where he bought several T-shirts. One said Reed and was surrounded by the words - Atheism, Communism, and Free love. LOL. Don't know how that one will go over with the neighbors but, whatever.

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