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At least you know what the situation is at HMC and your son can make an informed decision. I thought the 5% attrition rate at HMC was quite good; most schools have much higher rates of drop-outs/transfers. I thought 5% was a reasonable number of students who found out they did not like technology or the school. It never dawned on me that the 5% could be bright, hard-working, former A students who were forced out or were overwhelmed. Sophmore year is also hard. I understand the good academic experience really starts in junior/senior year for just about everyone. Obviously, a good percentage do enjoy the school and I would think it helps to be at the high end of the standardized scale, have taken a lot of well taught advanced courses, previous experience away from home, etc. Good organization and friendly manner does not hurt either.
Last edited by BicoastalMamma; 05-13-2010 at 11:40 AM.