"Health Sciences aren't too good either, unless you're admitted to a direct admit program (like PT or OT)"
I would think that a generic health sciences degree would accomplish relatively little. However, I didn't search the JMU website in enough detail to know whether they are giving generic degrees, or if they have their students specialize in some subset that does lead to a job. I would have hoped for the latter, but I suppose that this is a leap of faith that I shouldn't have taken. As a patient many of us have used a physical therapist, gotten services from a radiologist, had our teeth cleaned by a dental hygienist, and so on. I doubt that any of these pay as well as a Mechanical Engineer, but finding a career path that will work at all seems like a good plan at this point.
For a job one needs to specialize. However, this is true for engineering also. You don't get a job as a generic engineer.
All of which brings up two issues: One question is whether parents are going to run out of money before or at the time that the student gets a Bachelor's degree, or if a Master's degree is a possibility. Also, talking to the career people at JMU (as was recommended by someone above) is a very good idea. Hopefully they will know which majors at JMU can lead to a career path in which jobs are available.
"Every single engineering course is going to rely on a good understanding of math, especially calculus...starting with algebra,"
Agreed. Engineering is not going to work unless algebra is about as difficult as brushing your teeth or saying "good afternoon" to a friend. Calculus might be as difficult as starting a car and driving a few blocks down the street. If algebra is hard and calculus is incomprehensible, then no form of engineering that I am aware of will work.
I agree with other postings. Math is one of those things that for any one person either it is easy or it is almost impossible ("clicks" as someone else said is a good description). Some people are good at math and really bad at chemistry and biology (I was a math major, and fell into this category). Some people are good at biology and chemistry and bad at math. My recollection of freshman physics is that it was quite closely tied to calculus (I wouldn't want to try to study harmonic motion without using calculus), so these problems might be closely linked. I might also add as a math major, mathematics does not get any easier after calculus.
I am thinking that she very likely is not in her correct major. There are a lot of majors that lead to good careers that don't require calculus at all.
There are a few cases where someone is missing a small enough piece that a tutor can fix the problem. This might be worth trying. However, I am thinking that your friend should think about what she likes and what she is good at. Math / physics / engineering might not be it.
By the way, personally I like to hear from students.
UBC and Mount Allison are very different schools. However, they are both superb universities. Given your scores and SATs, I don't see you getting into Colby or Middlebury or Dartmouth unless they are trying to diversify their student base by adding Canadians. If you did get into one of these, figure on paying full price (at least $250,000 in US dollars for four years, well over $300,000 Canadian).
Have you visited Mount Allison? We visited a couple of times (my younger daughter is a senior in high school, and we live in New England). It is in a very small town, and is a small university, but it is very attractive university and a very attractive location. UBC is of course very large, but is also a very attractive university. To me UBC might have the most beautiful campus anywhere. Many of my relatives went there, all were strong students, all loved it.
Given the quality of the Canadian universities that you have already been accepted to, you should not take on any debt to go to a US university instead.
One issue as a Canadian going to university in the US: After graduation it will be more difficult to get a job in Canada than if you had gone to university in Canada (I ran into this many years ago, which is why I stayed in the US), and gaining a visa to work in the US can in some cases be very difficult.
And, congratulations on being accepted to two great schools!! A lot of people would be thrilled to go to either, and a lot of Americans would be very jealous if they knew how good an education you will be getting and how reasonable the price will be.
123o123: If I were your Dad, I would recommend that you do one of two things: Either (i) Take a gap year and apply earlier next time. or (ii) Apply to Dalhousie **today**, and use only your high school grades. Don't even send them your university grades. Dalhousie is a great school, is large enough to have a very wide assortment of majors, and is large enough that it would seem reasonable that there might be other good tennis players there. Also, their application deadline hasn't passed *yet*. Then spend the weekend looking through the full list of universities in the email above. A high school GPA of 3.9 will get you in, a college GPA of 2.0 will not, but apparently you were not a full year in university. At a minimum, call them **today** and ask about your situation (and note their time zone).
If you don't apply **really soon**, then you aren't going anywhere until next year (a year from September). However, I will admit that I know nothing about the application deadlines and admission policies of community colleges.
I am probably biased since I think that Nova Scotia is great, and my younger daughter and I toured Dalhousie about a year ago. It was larger than what she was looking for, but quite nice. If you want to play tennis seriously then large might be needed.
Also, if you get in, then let us know in this thread! Also, if you get in, they you obviously know that you need to study much more, always go to class, always do all homework right after it is assigned, and party much less.
Probably both very good choices for you. Very good universities but not the absolute toughest. Mildest weather in Canada (along with UBC), which might help a lot if anyone still plays tennis outside. With a 3.9 GPA I don't think that these are a reach, but I would have at least one backup. Victoria is probably a little bit less rainy than SFU.
Probably a reach (or worse) in each case. Most or all of these are also academically quite tough. Note that in Canada it might be possible to get accepted to a university that is too difficult.
> UBCO, ETS,
I don't know what these are.
> York, UofOntario Institute of Tech,
I am not sure whether these would be considered reaches.
Carleton, Concordia, Dalhousie, Memorial UofNewfoundland
All probably good for you. Newfoundland weather is something that you should think about (mild winters, but stormy and wet)
de Montreal, Laval, Sherbrooke,
Parlez-vous couramment français? If you don't speak French really well, forget it.
Acadia, Saint-Mary's, St Francis Xavier, Prince Edward Island,
Good choices. All relatively small. Just based on their size I would expect that you are likely to have few strong tennis players to practice against (possibly very few tennis players at all). Probably safe with your GPA but still academically very good schools. My understanding is that Acadia won't even look at your SAT scores, and the rest are SAT-optional.