My son was deferred as well. 3.6 UW GPA primarily Honors and AP classes, ACT 31, Varsity Basketball, Environmental volunteering. He is in at Hope, University of Illinois, Marquette. Deferred at Michigan. I liked everything about Hillsdale but the location and size (really on the small side). I'm from Michigan and Hillsdale is in the middle of nowhere so you are going to need a passion for the College as there is nothing else around there. Beautiful campus apart from the dorms.
I'm uncertain as to whether he will pursue an interview.
I had a 2290 SAT and high 700s in 3 subject SAT tests.
4.0 HS GPA (another country) and about 60 credits from CC in US (3.5 GPA). Little to no volunteering.
I got in EA in 2010 but could not attend for personal reasons. I had to reapply again this year and was accepted ED with same application.
I had my interview on campus in 2009 during my visit and it lasted over an hour.
I received a half-tuition merit scholarship at first, but a few weeks later they gave me one of the named scholarships which made it full-tuition.
The common theme among deferrals seems to be the absence of interview
I have been accepted with a merit scholarship. I did not visit the campus or interview.
I am visiting the campus, attending classes, staying in the dorm, etc. this month before making my decision. Does anyone have suggestions of things I should request to do or see while I am at Hillsdale? Thanks
Mustang, ask to do/see a variety of things related to your interests. Bio/chem? Be sure to visit labs and hear about current research opportunities students are involved in. Education? Ask to see or hear about the Hillsdale elementary school where you would student teach. Also visit the new student center - it is beautiful. I also recommend asking your overnight host, "what's going on tonight on campus?" Whatever it is, even if out of your normal interest range (poetry reading, intramural soccer game, vocal recital), GO! You will learn a lot by observing (and eavesdropping on) current students - which will help you decide whether the "fit" seems right for you.
Just a quick comment on several recent posts that emphasized the length of their interviews.
Be aware that a longer interview is in no way the mark of a better interview. In fact, it's pretty well known in admissions circles that a longer interview can sometimes indicate that the Adcom senses one or more areas of concern and wants to explore them more deeply.
So an hour+ interview is in no way better, stronger, or more meaningful than a 30-minute one...and sometimes less so.
Mustang, D and H visited just today. One of the things that they did, and both really enjoyed, was having lunch with current students. H was especially impressed with how open, welcoming and informative the kids were. They answered questions and each told their own story about where they were from, what drew them to Hillsdale, etc... If you have the chance, don't choose to sit by yourself or just with your family, definately interact with the students.
Read a post about someone's merit scholarship being added to later with named scholarships bringing their award to a full ride. Did this happen without any inquiry from you or does it take direct contact with FAO? D has merit scholarship. Hoping for more, of course! So unsure of how this works! Advice?