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  • Re: EA vs ED

    ED had a notably higher rate of admission this past year but that doesn't mean the same will hold (or hold as much) this upcoming cycle. Last year many who were deferred from EA opted to switch their applications to EDII. If that opportunity is offered this year, then you might consider applying early non-binding (EA) and then see what happens. If UChicago is your #1 and you have a good idea of your net COA then you should consider ED. Regardless of which plan you choose, it's good to apply early if you are very keen on UChicago. And definitely focus on those essays! Good luck to you!
  • Re: When should I send my SAT score to NMSC?

    Do NOT rely on your school to send any scores. They need to be ordered from College Board. NMSC has it's own code for that. From "Requirements and Instructions for SemiFinalists":

    "Also, it is your responsibility to file a request with the College Board SAT Program to have an official report of your SAT scores sent to NMSC (code 0085)." (#7)


    http://nationalmerit.imodules.com/s/1758/images/gid2/editor_documents/merit_r_i_leaflet.pdf?no_cookie=1
  • Re: any way to 'estimate' PSAT SI based on practice SAT score?

    223 SI is the correct estimate for NMSQT. The differences in scales are simply a horizontal shift to the right for SAT to reflect having learned additional content by the time you take the longer test. The two tests are aligned vertically, meaning that your PSAT score is the best estimate for SAT (on the day you took the PSAT). Hope that makes sense!
  • Re: Several Questions Concerning Class Selection

    @ScrnNme - Sorry for being nosy LOL - science wasn't mentioned in your earlier post :). I see your quandary and it's a good question as to which year(s) should you take Science and SOSC. FWIW, here are my thoughts:

    You will need to wait till spring to take Econ 200 (because completion of Math 153 is required beforehand and you aren't taking that till winter). And while Econ 198 isn't strictly required, if you skip it you will then need to pass an economics placement exam before being admitted to Econ 200, per the college catalog page (linked below). AP doesn't suffice, apparently. So . . . .what that tells me is AP isn't quite the same as the intro courses. I've also heard that from an Econ prof or two :) If you are serious about economics, you should probably consider taking 198 and 199, even if you are familiar with some of the material. It is strongly recommended by the department, and at worst, it means an easier couple of quarters for you your first year (esp. if you are taking 4 courses all three quarters). If you take Econ 198 in the fall, Econ 199 in winter, and Econ 200 in spring, you probably can wait till 2nd year to take SOSC - and you will have a year of economics under your belt to help you in that core sequence! It follows that you complete the Science core sequence in year one.

    Does that help?

    Here is the link to the requirements for the economics major. Check the requirements for Econ 20000:

    http://collegecatalog.uchicago.edu/thecollege/economics/
  • Re: Smaller Colleges or Universities with Design majors

    Some MN options to consider:

    Check out Macalester College in St. Paul, MN which has a joint program in architecture with WUSTL (in case your daughter decides she likes arch.). St. Olaf (also in MN) offers a major in "new media" within the school of art but it looks more like animation or video. Worth checking out, however, because they are NASAD-accredited so will have a foundation program that is consistent with other art/design schools. Finally, MCAD in Minneapolis has a wonderful small-college feel to it - because it IS small! - but is a dedicated art/design school with several design majors. Has a good reputation for graphic design.

    Some things to consider: 1) depending on the curriculum, a lot of "art" majors will learn design concepts as well. You can major in art and still pursue a career as a designer. 2) most Liberal Arts colleges won't offer the BFA but rather the BA. That means a lower ratio of studio to overall course requirements. The advantage of pursuing a BFA is that you spend a LOT of time in the studio (about 2/3, as a matter of fact) and studio time is important to learning design. 3) even if you pursue a degree in "design" you should still take a lot of drawing, painting and sculpting. Traditional media - and "fine arts" - are important to being a good designer. The difference between the two is that the fine artist will continue to work from his/her own perspective, while a designer will work from the perspective of the client. But both rely on decent eduction in BOTH art and design to get to either point. So don't rule out art/design schools, even if the portfolio is weak. After all, if your daughter had a perfect portfolio, why would she need the art and design training in the first place? ;)