College Confidential’s “Dean,” Sally Rubenstone, put together 25 of her best tips. So far, the "25 Tips from the Dean" eBook has helped more than 10K students choose a college, get in, and pay for it. Get your free copy: http://goo.gl/9zDJTM
@Cue7 - Ted was the right choice for one time, Nondorf it seems for another. When Nondorf ceases to produce better outcomes he'll leave and be replaced. That's not a criticism of either one. Both are notable for doing some impressive things during their respective time.
@fbsdreams I can't remember how my daughter ranked having a single - her first choice was Snell-Hitchcock and she was hoping for a single there. Now I'm very worried she'll end up in I-House! (not that I-House is bad for those who specified that choice - she'd just rather have a double in Hitchcock or BJ rather than a single in I-House).
Really hoping she ends up in Snitch. Wants to be on the winning Scav team! LOL.
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!
@cheesenachos1 my daughter ended up attending SCAD and loves it. She is finishing up her first year. She definitely had SCAD as her first choice but was strongly considering UCF and also CSU-Fullerton. UCF had the advantage due to the OOS scholarship she received but SCAD was able to come through with sufficient scholarship money to allow her to attend.
When we looked into UCF, we realized that given the curriculum and pre-reqs, she would need to take longer than 4 years so that's something to consider. A private art school is more expensive per year but you would be out in 4 years as opposed to five.
Unlike most dedicated art/design schools, UCF doesn't have direct-admit to SVAD. They admit you to a "pre-major" status instead. You have to pass a portfolio review in sophomore year to continue in a major and start taking those courses. This is actually pretty typical for many uni's, although most of the ones mentioned on the CC art major threads tend to be direct-admit. When possible, direct-admit is best, although as you have discovered, sometimes it can be difficult to get into your first choice program right away (Ringling or CalArts, for instance). The best situation is to be admitted to a dedicated art/design school w/no restricted entry to the major; however, that option also tends to be the most expensive!