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Class of 2021 Results: Celebrate, Discuss, Support Here

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Replies to: Class of 2021 Results: Celebrate, Discuss, Support Here

  • Houston1021Houston1021 Registered User Posts: 305 Member
    @phokie My D also decided to go to Rice full pay because of the fit. She wanted the small size school, good academics, and the residential college system versus Greek life. it seems Rice is very stingy with merit especially for those that can swing full pay. We are not "thrilled" to pay the full freight, but we will do it. She also turned down money at other schools that were not as good a fit. My D is interested in pre med/psychology. Having the medical center steps from the campus for shadowing and internships is a plus. We are from Houston, so having my daughter's treating physicians nearby is also a comfort. Like your son, she has some medical issues that need the attention of a specialist. She may have to find some $ or take out loans for med school but that is a long way down the road. We should start a CC thread for Rice parents similar to the Yale parents thread.
  • JenJenJenJenJenJenJenJen Registered User Posts: 728 Member
    Thinking about physical vs mental disabilities, my question pertains to my sophomore rather than senior. Perhaps someone here knows, now that the process of college apps is done. My D19 has ADHD: should she disclose this on her apps, or not, since there is more of a stigma around mental health?
  • itsgettingreal17itsgettingreal17 Registered User Posts: 2,816 Senior Member
    @JenJenJenJen don't mention it.
  • STEM2017STEM2017 Registered User Posts: 3,075 Senior Member
    @JenJenJenJen There are colleges that pride themselves on catering (for lack of a better word) to students with different types of disabilities. If she is applying to one of them, I might highlight it in the app. Otherwise, I agree with @itsgettingreal17 and wouldn't mention it.

    http://www.collegemagazine.com/top-10-accommodating-schools-students-learning-disabilities/

    http://www.bestcollegesonline.com/blog/20-incredible-colleges-for-special-needs-students/

    http://www.collegechoice.net/50-best-disability-friendly-colleges-and-universities/
  • JenJenJenJenJenJenJenJen Registered User Posts: 728 Member
    Okay, @itsgettingreal17 and @STEM2017 -- good to know. Thanks.
  • LoveTheBardLoveTheBard Registered User Posts: 1,274 Senior Member
    @JenJenJenJen - I would only mention it in a few specific contexts, such as having to explain poor grades pre-diagnosis or the need for having a specialized schedule. I would put it in the additional information section.
  • illinoyzillinoyz Registered User Posts: 20 New Member
    OK, similar to @JenJenJenJen, my D20 is afflicted with something that may not be favorable on college apps. She's adopted from Asia. Should she disclose? She won't be applying to any elites, but the next tier down is a slight possibility for a reach.
  • IvyGrad09IvyGrad09 Registered User Posts: 39 Junior Member
    ACT 32C (He decided not to spend more time on this and took the test last in June.)

    Honors and APs all four years, including Calculus and Chemistry.

    Strong language skill in English and special interest in Latin. National Latin Exam Cum Laude and school's Departmental Distinction for World Languages, in addition to special Scholar's diploma. Near perfect English and Writing scores on standard testing throughout schooling.

    Strong essays.

    Very well-liked, easy, and witty kid. I assume strong recs from Chemistry and Latin teacher.

    College Counseling rec, don't know. Small private school. She has nothing against him, but we are not an "important" family (eg Trustees.) He thinks the school is fair in appraising him. As his parent, I can't be objective!

    School is a tough grader profile: Finishing at 3.5 UW, no weight given for Honors or APs.

    First horn in concert band (band all 4 years.) Other music instruction, including international.

    Volunteered in science programs with young children and National Park Service.

    Applied to biology/premed departments.

    URM Latino 3rd generation (and WASP mixed heritage.)

    No financial need required nor help requested.

    Accepted: UMass Amherst (+18,000;) Fordham (+18,000;) Fairfield (+18,000;) U of Connecticut (+14,000;) Connecticut College (+15,000)

    Guaranteed Transfer: Boston University

    Waitlisted: Boston College (didn't make the cut)

    Rejected: Columbia University, Vassar

    Going to: Connecticut College

    After puzzling out complaints online about Fordham's premed; deciding Fairfield's "too close;" and revisiting ConnColl with its warm reception of students, faculty, and spectacular weather on that gorgeous campus, he chose.

    We had no idea how to pitch this cycle. Too high? Too low? No idea. Seems we got it right by trying high and low and matches. Pretty much on target.

    His only restriction was being within a reasonable commute of homebase. (Not for every weekend but maybe monthly--we are a close family.) Plus, we are New Englanders and he saw no good reason to leave the schools here for PA or farther.
  • DolemiteDolemite Registered User Posts: 1,476 Senior Member
    @ProudMom17 She sounds like a focused, mature young lady. Congrats on the outcome and she has a very bright future.
  • aquaptaquapt Registered User Posts: 231 Junior Member
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    @IvyGrad09 Congrats on Conn College - seems like a good fit for your S's academic interests, and the music opportunities there are excellent too. I'm a little wistful now about taking it off my D's list - several supposedly-reliable sources told me that they didn't offer any merit, and it just wasn't on the curve for us as a full-pay choice... but since then I've heard of several kids getting merit money there and now I wonder what they might have given my D! She's even a legacy of sorts, as my grandmother graduated from Conn College many many years ago (circa 1930!). No regrets, as I'm happy to have her staying closer to home at Scripps, which offered her a very nice merit scholarship; but I might have lobbied harder for a visit to New London when we did our Northeast loop last summer if I'd known $ was possible! Hope your S has a great experience there!
  • IvyGrad09IvyGrad09 Registered User Posts: 39 Junior Member
    @aquapt Thank you for your well-wishes! Best to you too and your D too! We all did our best, didn't we? As parents we never have all the wisdom, and even if we did, we have very little influence over the wild-ride of college admissions!
  • IvyGrad09IvyGrad09 Registered User Posts: 39 Junior Member
    @ProudMom17 When listing merit and other aid, I thought we list it by yearly amount? Vanderbuilt at $185,000 is surely $46,250? Unless I'm reading this wrong.

    Congrats either way to you and your ambitious D!
  • IvyGrad09IvyGrad09 Registered User Posts: 39 Junior Member
    Grrr I meant Vanderbilt. Newbie here unfamiliar with "edit" feature.
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