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Parents of the HS Class of 2018 - 3.0 to 3.4 GPA

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  • persimmonypersimmony Registered User Posts: 23 New Member
    @rwmannesq My spouse hadn't heard of the program at TX A& M and doesn't know anyone who went there. She says there are a few animation studios in TX though.
  • rwmannesqrwmannesq Registered User Posts: 138 Junior Member
    @persimmony: If it wouldn't be too much trouble, could you ask her about Loyola Marymount in LA, UC Santa Cruz, and Chapman program reputations? Anything reachable (stats wise) on West Coast by any chance would be great.
  • persimmonypersimmony Registered User Posts: 23 New Member
    @1822mom Thanks for the suggestion. He doesn't seem to want to go that far away, although we've visited the NW and he liked it. True, applying doesn't mean you have to go there.

    We haven't even looked at the Common App yet. He's going to be stretching every little thing except cello, for which he has a number of activities. Not sure how "activity" is defined. :) He's a good kid too, just very laid-back and not interested in being involved in much. That's just the way he is. At least he has cello, better than nothing. He's not a super musician or anything, but he's decent. Has some honors related to it. I'd feel better if he had a higher GPA to counteract the lack of ECs. It is what it is.
  • stardustmomstardustmom Registered User Posts: 26 New Member
    @rwmannesq UC Santa Cruz is a campus your son will need to visit, if he is interested. I thought the big trees and trails were beautiful, but the campus is spread out and most students take shuttles to get around. They say you can skateboard straight down the hill to the beach. My son felt the environment was too laid back for him, but I know some kids who have gone there and loved it.

    Some strong animation programs you can consider in So. Cal are Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and California Institute of the Arts in Santa Clarita. If he is certain he wants a fine arts degree, those programs have strong reputations. I think Tim Burton graduated from CalArts.
  • labegglabegg Registered User Posts: 1,202 Senior Member
    Great teachers, bad schedule for DD.
  • rwmannesqrwmannesq Registered User Posts: 138 Junior Member
    @stardustmom: A daughter of some good family friends just graduated UCSC and we did get a brief look a couple years ago at part of the school and her particular dorm. I know what you mean about spread out and I'm not surprised they have to shuttle all over. S18 liked the laid back vibe of CSU Sonoma, so it's probably worth at least a look. He might take some comfort in knowing someone who actually graduated there, too. However, suspect that he'll balk at it once he sees the campus, but you never know.

    Thanks for the tips on the art schools. I'll definitely get in some research on them to see if they're possibles.
  • rwmannesqrwmannesq Registered User Posts: 138 Junior Member
    @labegg: That stinks. Saw your post on the other thread and thought the couple of ideas weren't bad. If the GC is actually doing one of the LOR then can easily be explained. Plus, the overall courses are challenging and she gets great teachers. Hope it works out!
  • chippedtoofchippedtoof Registered User Posts: 59 Junior Member
    @MACmiracle re:schools doing things differently, I do get nervous when schools try out "new things". (Been the guinea pig, or my DC have been, too many times while the kinks in curriculum or school policy are worked out). Will keep my fingers crossed for your D20! My S21 got zero summer work... watched him laying on the couch in his PJs this morning while everyone else was getting ready for the day. Gave him a copy of Jules Verne to read before I left :)
  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone Registered User Posts: 12,958 Senior Member
    @rwmannesq, have you looked at U of Utah? It has gaming and graphic design, offers 'coupons' (plus is a WUE school), is within a 2 hour flight to the Bay area.
  • rwmannesqrwmannesq Registered User Posts: 138 Junior Member
    Actually, no. That is a thought. I'll do some research, but is the school or area moderately to strongly religious? He's not a "believer" but goes to private Catholic HS without any issue. I know he'd take exception to strong religious overtones, though. And thanks!
  • jjkmomjjkmom Registered User Posts: 201 Junior Member
    @rwmannesq may I ask why CSU Chico and Sonoma? After UCSC, do you consider other UCs (USR & UCM) and the top CSUs (CalPoly SLO, CSU LB, Fullerton, SDSU). My DD'18 only interested in California schools, so she listed all UCs plus popular CSUs, but I try to get her consider other CSUs (such as SFSU, SJSU, CSUMB, etc. her SAT is higher than most CSUs 75% target, but her UC/CSU GPA is about 3.43.. we were told, or kindly reminded that UCs are so competitive, her GPA won't make to any UCs., so she has been pretty depressed about that entire summer. But we will still give a try. She is interested in Design (media, art, communication graphics) majors.
  • stardustmomstardustmom Registered User Posts: 26 New Member
    @jjkmom I don't think your daughter should despair regarding UCs. Her GPA should be within range for the lower UCs. If she has ECs related to her intended major and a good SAT score she should be fine. Average GPA for admits at UCM is 3.56 so I would expect her to get in there, probably UCR as well. Also, a strong essay can tip the balance in her favor.
  • rwmannesqrwmannesq Registered User Posts: 138 Junior Member
    edited August 12
    @jjkmom: I second what @stardustmom said and UC Merced and UC Riverside are good chance while UC Santa Cruz is still within reach for your D18 I'd think. The reason we're only looking at UC Merced and CSU Sonoma is due to the lower undergrad class size. We'd prefer well under 10,000 for our particular circumstances. UC Santa Cruz is so spread out it feels the same as smaller schools. CSU Chico is just because some family friends' kids went there and they loved it. Don't know if it will actually make the list yet.

    BTW, UCM is actually finishing building 2 brand new dorms and a lovely dining commons which will open for entering class of 2018. We saw the construction while doing a campus tour earlier this year and it significantly increases the footprint of the campus, in a good way. In 2020, they're finishing additional improvements including new buildings for labs and seminars. They have info on their website regarding this growth. I suspect their class sizes will start rising at that point so we might get in just before the wave, if we end up there. Plus our kids would enjoy the brand spanking new facilities while still getting a UC education (arguably a very good UC education since classes there are taught by the actual professors and not by TA's.)

    Keep positive! :-bd
  • bjkmombjkmom Registered User Posts: 3,829 Senior Member
    So, at lunch yesterday my daughter apparently changed her major. She's going with what was her #2 choice: Event planning. Time to look at the schools she was planning to apply to and juggle a little.
  • labegglabegg Registered User Posts: 1,202 Senior Member
    @bjkmom lots of great schools for hospitality management! Guessing marketing or a business degree or coomunications could work too?

    University of Houston, Michigan State, University of Nevada-LV, Florida International U, Virginia Tech, u of Central Florida, Cal State Poly,-Pomona.

    What schools are on her list now?
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