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  • Re: NMS cutoff predictions for class of 2018

    Being on the bubble would be particularly hard, but the entire path from test to scholarship notification is ridiculously long at about 18 months, with several dramatic stops along the way. Just glad it's all over for one kid though just in time for another to gear up for The PSAT/NMSQT this fall :D
  • Re: Three or four courses?

    HUM is required first year. She will also be taking the calculus sequence. So basically it comes down to SOSC of CIV as her third course (can't remember if they are two or three quarters for the sequence).

    Would love her to do FL as well during first year. We'll see about that. She'll need to get FL, Phys. science and bio. science out of the way at some point. The advantage of FL early on is that she gives herself room to take more advanced courses later on. She's pretty sure she's not going to be taking any science beyond the Core.
  • Re: Three or four courses?

    @Shrmpngrtz - does Summer Language Institute not count for credit? I had found this website and current UChicago students are eligible to register, but haven't looked into it in more detail:


    Edit/Update: Actually, it DOES sound like current students can use this option to gain their FL credits (?): https://summerlanguages.uchicago.edu/page/sli-students
  • Re: National Merit Scholarships

    @azure342 - that is correct. You are only allowed to receive one NMSC scholarship. Not sure about this but guessing timing is so close on these that if you decline one you may well not be offered another. You most likely did the right thing to accept the one-time $2500. Congrats!
  • Re: National Merit Scholarships

    @azure342 - just to clarify, my daughter did not receive a notice for the one-time $2500. Her first and only notice was concerning the $2000 / yr. college-sponsored. Not sure how they determine who gets what but one method might be that those kids whose first-choice college does NOT sponsor a renewable scholarship through NMSC are the first to be considered for the one-time scholarship. Because my daughter's first-choice college DOES, indeed, sponsor the renewable amount, we weren't surprised that she wasn't offered anything else (though we were by no means thinking the renewable one was a guarantee). Approximately 50% of NMF's don't receive anything at all, but they don't publish the criteria they follow for administering scholarships so it's a bit of a mystery.