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Not sure how to go about a college search for son

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  • momocarlymomocarly 1022 replies12 threads Senior Member
    We are from TX and my son wanted to go OOS despite great programs in TX. Look at some of the OOS large universities. Mine got great merit brining the costs below instate tuition for every one he applied to. If your son does well on the SAT or ACT he should get good merit. Many of those colleges have great engineering programs. We have been hiring a lot from Iowa State, Auburn, Alabama, Mississippi State, Florida colleges, Purdue, and Ohio State recently. (I'm in engineering).

    My son is pre-vet so just a tip for your younger child. Go the cheapest route you can undergrad where you can get good grades. Prestige of the school doesn't matter. Go to a college with a vet school if possible. Look at the few colleges with early admission programs ( knocks a year off my son's program and he has a place held for him in vet school if he keeps his grades up). It is EXPENSIVE no matter what. Get all the hours with animals he can. In junior or sr year shadow veterinarians. That will tell if he really wants to be a vet or not. VERY important. Hours with animals is a big thing.
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  • 3bound3bound 23 replies12 threads Junior Member
    @carachel2 - those are all excellent talking points and very realistic considerations...we were mainly concerned with launching the first kid but realizing that the second kid isn't far behind!

    He is looking toward working after graduation so a school that has good connections in the industry is important. He is open to private/public and is leaning toward a campus that's defined but has access to the city. He will be taking the SAT in May, subject tests and the ACT in June.

    I have an e-mail into the counselor to find out about the unweighted GPA and her recommendations.
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 83455 replies741 threads Senior Member
    3bound wrote:
    I have an e-mail into the counselor to find out about the unweighted GPA and her recommendations.

    You can calculate unweighted GPA yourself from the report cards and transcript.
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  • happymomof1happymomof1 30766 replies197 threads Senior Member
    Type EFC formula 2019 into your browser's search bar, and you will get link to the PDF of this years FAFSA formula. Print that out and work your numbers on paper to see which factors affect your family's FAFSA EFC. https://ifap.ed.gov/efcformulaguide/attachments/071017EFCFormulaGuide1819.pdf

    From your estimate above of how much you think you can pay each year, my guess is that the only federal money your kid will qualify for are unsubsidized student loans.
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  • 3bound3bound 23 replies12 threads Junior Member
    @ucbalumnus - Busy week for the counselors as we just selected courses for next year. In the mean time, how do I calculate the unweighted GPA? I have all of the exact number grades that he received for each quartile, semester and final grade. Thank you!
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  • Erin's DadErin's Dad 34118 replies4844 threads Super Moderator
    For Unweighted GPA - Use Final Grades - A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1. Multiply Grade Value x number of credits or weight. Add. Divide by total number of credits or weight.

    If you use a %age grade then the A cut off could be 90% or 93% (those are the most common).
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  • MA2012MA2012 1250 replies1 threads Senior Member
    edited February 2018
    How did he do on PSAT? If he did well that is an indication that he'll do well on SAT. If not, he can prep. With good SAT/ACT scores and grade there are some schools that have automatic merit scholarships. University of Alabama, Oklahoma and Kentucky come to mind, but there are others. Then there are other schools that have competitive merit $.

    Ask the counselor about access to Naviance. January of junior year is a typical time to start working with counselor on the college process.
    edited February 2018
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  • mikemacmikemac 10582 replies154 threads Senior Member
    I'm new to this board and not sure how to help my son search for a college.
    A book about college admissions will present a comprehensive and structured approach to college admissions. The forum is great for answers to specific questions but it is going to be hit or miss as to whether topics that matter get covered; if you don't know to ask about something then you're at the mercy of luck whether someone else brings it up or not.

    One book I recommend is "Admission Matters"; there are many other good ones out there.
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  • 3bound3bound 23 replies12 threads Junior Member
    @MA2012 - I don't recall the exact score but somewhere in the mid to high 1300's. For some reason, he didn't see the value of that particular test and ended up not answering a bunch of questions. He's preparing as much as he can now for the May test. Keeping my fingers crossed! Will also sit down and take a long hard look and figure out our EFC this weekend as it seems like that is how it all starts.

    I figured out his unweighted GPA and it's a 4.0. Perhaps it should be lower since some of the A's are not high A's.

    Really appreciate everyone taking the time to post your helpful comments!!
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 83455 replies741 threads Senior Member
    If every grade on his record is an A, then unweighted GPA is 4.0.
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  • MA2012MA2012 1250 replies1 threads Senior Member
    @3bound getting the finances in order early is a big help. Merit money might be hard to pin down until he gets SAT score back, but it will give you a good starting point. Being open that finances are a factor in the process is helpful to your son too. You will see a lot of posts here in March/April saying kid got in - how do we pay for it? Which is really too bad for everyone.
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 83455 replies741 threads Senior Member
    Agree with #31 that you should know the price limit and tell him what it is before he starts making his application list.
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