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Homeschooled and unsure where I belong

glasscubeglasscube Posts: 166Registered User Junior Member
Really not sure what my choices would be, I'd enjoy academic merit-based aid (obviously) but I'd also be willing to sacrifice that and choke on some loans for a better university. I'm looking primarily to major in Economics because it also leaves me a solid chance at law/business school if I did so choose, yet is also a solid standalone degree to have in terms of career choices. Was thinking UT-A/SMU/other higher-tier state schools, but I really have no idea how I'd place or where.


Academic:

4.0 GPA UW (done via co-ops, etc)
~4.2 GPA W (19 comm. college hours by the time I graduate, hopefully/expected 4.0 GPA)
Only AP will be calc because I've taken a significant amount of dual credit instead
2000 SAT (650 CR, 640 M, 710 W, but will study and retake again in Oct. before applying, the 2000 was obtained with literally 3 hours of prep the night before)
Completed state required math + science by age 15 via private lessons with prof. who teaches at UT Dallas and community college. AP Calc will be yr. 5 of HS math.


~150 volunteer hours
1 yr. yearbook
1 yr. speech/debate (senior, getting into it pretty late, I know :\)
Treasurer at co-op's NHS chapter, intending to go for pres next year
TX Boys State 2013
Have had summer jobs and have multiple solid references (college profs, head manager of place I worked at, etc)
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Replies to: Homeschooled and unsure where I belong

  • stanatedjstanatedj Posts: 408Registered User Member
    SMU seems like a great place to start - TCU might also be of interest.
  • glasscubeglasscube Posts: 166Registered User Junior Member
    UT Austin?

    It's under half of the price and seems significantly more accredited, just hoping that automatic admissions wouldn't screw me over since I'm not from public schools.
  • Erin's DadErin's Dad Posts: 19,526Super Moderator Senior Member
    Yes, I don't think the auto admission will help you. You'll be in the general pool competing for a slot. Also look at A&M. UT Dallas has some good scholarships.

    http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/financial-aid-scholarships/1348012-automatic-full-tuition-full-ride-scholarships.html
  • glasscubeglasscube Posts: 166Registered User Junior Member
    i'm an auto-admit to UT-D, live 20 minutes from there, and I'm pretty sure I'd rather just not to go college than end up at UTD.

    am actually thinking about some OOS state colleges (Wis / Minn / Maryland, because family in MD) and Boston University.
  • elle232elle232 Posts: 104Registered User Junior Member
    Look at Goucher, great little school...on colleges that change lives website...
  • HoggirlHoggirl Posts: 673Registered User Member
    What is the issue with UT-Dallas? Just curious since they offer generous merit aid.
  • JAMCAFEJAMCAFE Posts: 346Registered User Member
    I think you'll get into UT. Your SAT is above the average for 2012 Non auto admits and for economics majors. Texas Homeschoolers seem to do very well under holistic admit. Of course you must work hard on alll aspects of your application, including ECs, Recs, and Essays. An improved SAT score will help too. ;) They'll consider SAT subject tests too!
  • glasscubeglasscube Posts: 166Registered User Junior Member
    @hoggirl-

    UTD has been a hugely commuter school for a long, long time, and even though they're trying to change, the 'college experience' just isn't there. Not to mention it's significantly less accredited than what I'm capable of attending. I'd rather take A&M as a safety.

    What do you guys think about Boston U / Emory / UMinnTC / UWisMad as mid/high matches?
  • HoggirlHoggirl Posts: 673Registered User Member
    Thanks for replying glasscube. I have specifically heard great things about their McDermott Scholars program. I appreciate your insights.
  • Erin's DadErin's Dad Posts: 19,526Super Moderator Senior Member
    OP, have you run the Net Price Calculators on the sites of the schools you listed? Many are OOS publics which will cost from $30-60K/year.
  • CreeklandCreekland Posts: 3,031Registered User Senior Member
    Any of the schools you listed could be worth an application if you feel you'd fit in at them. Academically, you're a fine applicant for any of them. The vast majority of schools are very homeschool friendly in today's age (unlike a decade ago or so).

    That said, some do still have "other" requirements of homeschoolers. Emory is one of those (or was two years ago when my top stat middle son was considering them). Even though he had AP and DE credits (all 5s or As) they still were inflexible in wanting to see two SAT II tests merely because he was a homeschooler. It is not a requirement of regular applicants. Therefore, he opted to cut them from his list and didn't even want to swing by to take a look when we were in Atlanta. They may have changed since then (you can check - many schools ARE becoming more homeschool friendly) or they may not have. It's also possible you already have SAT II tests and you just didn't list them.

    None of the other schools he was interested in required them. Those that highly recommended them had no problem not caring in his situation. So, in general, apply where you like, but do ask what is required of homeschoolers. That is specific to the school.
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