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Time for another thread for B and C students

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  • labegglabegg 2521 replies48 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    @mstomper I think the key is to find the school that is right for you! And that is not always an easy task. Some kids need the pressure to keep moving, others, feel it is oppressive. It sure helps the information that we gleen on CC even though sometimes it is not directly related to our own experience!
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  • sbgal2011sbgal2011 273 replies21 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    DS has applied to flagships and directional schools. We are waiting for October SAT exam results to be sent to some, while we sent existing scores to schools where his score met or exceeded minimum standards. As we start hearing, I will definitely keep posting to this thread. I hope it will be helpful to other B/C students. .
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  • techmom99techmom99 3438 replies6 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    My D09 was a very indifferent HS student. Her UW GPA was 2.8 and she didn't have a weighted GPA because she outright refused to take any honors or AP classes. She was in gifted and talented until 6th grade when a horrible teacher broke her spirit, which I didn't learn until years later. She had a 1260 SAT achieved without opening any of the books I bought her or doing the work assigned at the expensive prep course I signed her up for. She wound up at SUNY Plattsburgh (a school mentioned upthread), where she thrived. She did so well she was invited to join the honors program her second semester and ultimately graduated magna cum laude. Her private cello lessons, for which she earned B+'s, brought her GPA down below summa level. She received scholarships while at school and became an RA, which brought the cost down even more. People told me to send her to CC. We had actually compromised and she was going to attend a CUNY school and dorm there (15 minutes from home) but she received a large scholarship based on her community volunteer work which allowed us to send her upstate.
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  • bjkmombjkmom 7942 replies158 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    YAY!! Congrats to your son @sbgal2011
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  • persimmonypersimmony 45 replies3 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Another Fairfax Co VA resident here with a 3.4 GPA kid but a decent test score. It is kind of shocking and depressing how difficult it is to get into so many of VA public schools. My kid is only interested in William & Mary, JMU and VCU. I'd be shocked if he got into W&M, JMU is almost a reach and VCU is so big-but he could probably get in. He said no to Mary Washington and Christopher Newport, which seem like a better size and I think he'd have a good chance of getting in. I haven't heard anything good about Radford or Longwood and they're also in the sticks, which he doesn't want. Maybe he should apply to ODU as a safety??

    Also looking for small-medium urban or suburban private schools in Mid-Atlantic/Northeast that he could get into. They are all so expensive though. I don't see any point in looking at large OOS publics.
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  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 41768 replies450 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited September 2017
    ^ what's your budget and what major (or general academic area/field) is your child thinking of?
    What's the exact SAT/act (above average as in 23 or 27?...)
    edited September 2017
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  • sbgal2011sbgal2011 273 replies21 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    We are not in Fairfax, we are in ROVA (Rest of Virginia). There are dozens of college reps that come to our school in the fall, and the students were told that if you don't have at least a 3.5 GPA, don't even bother going to the presentations for JMU and CNU. ODU is an easy school to get into, many kids with a 2.5 can go there.
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  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 41768 replies450 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    3.0 is okay for CNU, but requires more for Leadership Academy.
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  • persimmonypersimmony 45 replies3 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @MYOS1634 Er, budget, not entirely clear. Won't get need-based aid. ACT is 30. Based on scattergrams for his school, he's on the cusp with JMU and better for CNU.
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  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 41768 replies450 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    establish a budget range now. Run NPC's on all, just in case, as there can be surprises.
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  • epiphanyepiphany 8405 replies170 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    A barely B student is a different animal than a barely C student. I agree that there are many, many attractive options for the former, fewer for the latter, especially with no or low test scores. I understand what the OP is saying about the unmotivated CC student. Agree with that. Often hard to become independently motivated in that environment, depending upon peers, quality of the CC, engagement of the faculty, etc. A student who struggled in h.s. may struggle just as much or more in a CC.

    However, I am still amazed at how much ignorance there is among overall-educated parents, about the college process. What were they thinking? They approach me now, when the student has just started senior year, clueless that senior year grades cannot be included in apps due Nov. 30 because those classes are not yet complete. Hello. Their time frame for understanding seems to be 30 years ago.

    Their argument is, 'But he's [finally] performing better.' My point exactly. Apply next year, when his senior grades can be included, and he has truly become a 3.0 student. But they don't want that, either.
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  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 41768 replies450 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    ^THat's awesome, congratulations!!! Did he get into the Honors college at Southern Miss or Eastern Kentucky? (Depending on course rigor, he might have a shot, especially if he writes to explain his motivation).
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  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 41768 replies450 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited January 2018
    I am so sorry. What school is that? We might know of others that are similar and which may be a bit more holistc.
    edited January 2018
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  • sbgal2011sbgal2011 273 replies21 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @bjkmom So sorry that she didn't get into her favorite school. That's such a heartbreaking moment and I'm sorry she is going through that. I hope she gets a few more acceptances soon so she can bounce back fast. Meanwhile, it may be time for a Ben & Jerry's run :)
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  • bjkmombjkmom 7942 replies158 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    SUNY Oneonta for Hospitality/ Event Planning.

    As much as she hates winter, she's OK with the idea of maybe applying to Buffalo State.

    She's in at Morrisville, and Delhi looks promising-- and we loved the program- but right now she hates it all.

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  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 41768 replies450 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    She would probably get into UNLV (Las Vegas') school of hospitality but it's awfully far away.
    https://www.unlv.edu/hospitality
    But it's true Oneonta was probably the best deal for her. :(
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