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  • Re: Is applying early action better than applying regular decision?

    Applying Early Action can show interest in a college, and it will also be a huge relief to get good news in December. Yet, even so, it's not the right bet for everyone. If your second-semester junior grades weren't as good as you'd hoped, you might be wise to wait until you have some better senior grades under your belt before you apply. Also keep in mind that Early Decision can boost admission odds because you're willing to make a binding commitment to the college. However, with Early Action, colleges must save a spot for an admitted student who might not necessarily enroll (and who will have until May 1 to decide). Thus, they do not want to squander admission offers on borderline applicants. So, if you don't think you're an especially strong applicant, you may be better off waiting until Regular Decision and trying to make your first senior semester your best one ever, rather than applying EA. (As I said before, Early Decision is a different story.)
  • Re: TulaneMaddie22 [Tulane Senior Offers to Answer Questions]

    @dcgirl15 -Since Maddie is gone, I'll ask the admission folks if another student can pinch hit. In the meantime, I'll try to answer your questions.

    Re spirit: I would describe the student body as very spirited. Well, admittedly, when it comes to sports events, we're not talking Alabama or Ohio State here. For instance, Tulane students are more likely to attend the tailgates that precede all the home football games than they are to attend the games themselves (or they'll leave before the game has ended unless it's a nail-biter). But I have spent a lot of time on campus, and the campus always seems buzzing with activity and enthusiasm ... as much (or more so) than any other college I've seen (which is several hundred by now).

    In fact, when my son was taking his college tours a few years ago, he noticed this level of activity right away, pointing out that students at Tulane seemed to walk around in pairs or small groups talking animatedly to each other, while at Rice (which he saw a couple days later), they tended to walk alone wearing ear buds. I had noticed the same thing myself, though I was kind of surprised that he honed in on it, too, and without me saying anything.

    As for the weather, my son would tell you that it's great. Being from New England, he loves getting through the winter wearing no more than a hoodie. Sure, there are some crazy cloudbursts that make it wise for students to carry a sweatshirt ... and even a dry shirt, too ... in their backpacks to avoid freezing to death in the air conditioning should a quick storm come up on the way to class. And the heat in late August and September can be brutal for those not accustomed to it (but all the buildings are well cooled and there's even an outdoor "social" pool for those who want to take a dip.)

    But my son chose Tulane for many reasons, and weather was definitely on the list. He certainly wouldn't call it "unbearable' and I'm sure he'd take a thunderstorm over a blizzard any day! His freshman year, he came home to MA for October break and it snowed. He couldn't wait to get back to New Orleans!
  • Re: TulaneMaddie22 [Tulane Senior Offers to Answer Questions]

    @DavidPuddy -Looks like this thread has been abandoned for a while. Maddie must have graduated. (Congrats, Maddie!)

    But I can probably answer your question. I am a Tulane parent and for the past year I have been bombarded with emails (and at least a couple snail mails), urging me to buy a Tulane yearbook. Apparently the once-defunct (as you have noted) Jambalya, has made a comeback: http://tulane.edu/jambalaya-makes-comeback

    The amount of notification I've received as a result has become laughable. My son (about to be a junior) loves Tulane but isn't the least bit interested in a yearbook. I'm sure that, for some folks, a yearbook has a place in the universe, but with so much access to friends, campus organizations, etc. via Facebook and other social media, there are certainly many ways find similar information more rapidly and for free.

    But even in my own era many moons ago (I graduated from high school in 1969 and from college in 1973), the yearbook was a big deal in high school and, for me, not any kind of deal at all in college. I didn't even bother to submit a photo for it.
  • Re: Does Your Child Meet Your “Text-pectations”?

    Cat pictures get a response.
    For me, that worked only freshman year. Now I think I'd have to resort to putting the poor cats in cute costumes or posing them in amusing positions (like riding the neighbor's dog?) in order to elicit any response. ;-)
  • Re: How International Students Can Begin a U.S. College Search

    The strength of this article is that it encourages international students to consider a broad range of US colleges rather than just the "usual suspects" (Ivies and their ilk) which are always a huge draw for candidates from overseas.

    But finances should be mentioned up front here, and they're not. When I work with domestic applicants, I always say to leave money out of the very earliest stages of the college selection process, even if it must become a driving force later on. However, with international students who require aid, it's a whole different story. The bar is set very high for internationals seeking $$$. Thus international students who plan to apply for aid ... especially if they need A LOT of aid ... must hone in first of all on colleges that do have funds for non-citizens and then on the schools on that long list where their own grades, test scores, and other accomplishments put them at the top of the applicant pool.

    International students who expect financial assistance should not invest all the time and effort described in this article without first assessing how much they or their families can afford to spend each year and then targeting institutions where they will be among the strongest candidates.