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School suggestions?

MamaBear2001MamaBear2001 97 replies4 threads Junior Member
Hi! I am a parent and would love some advice for my rising senior. My son knows about what major he would like to go into- computer engineering or electrical engineering. However, we are clueless on how to help him narrow down what colleges he would like to attend- he is completely open to all types of schools.

When he graduates high school next year he will have an associates in Science degree, but wont be considered a transfer student. His unweighted gpa is 4.0. Class rank- 5/72. AcT composite is 32, Math part 29 because he ran out of time and didnt finish. He will be taking SAT in august, and SAT Math and biology tests in june. We are NC based. Not first gen, he is a minority and I would like it if he went to a school that was minority friendly. We are low income, <50k for family of 5, but I dont want him to look at cost of school as a deterrant, if its a good fit for him, I will try my best to make it happen.

We have gotten so many postcards from all different types of schools, its overwhelming. Thanks in advance for suggestions!
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  • MastadonMastadon 1730 replies49 threads Senior Member
    What math and science courses has he taken to date, which did he like and what does he plan to take next year?
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  • MamaBear2001MamaBear2001 97 replies4 threads Junior Member
    edited May 7
    He just finished college calculus1. He will be taking calculus 2 next year. He will either take college physics or chemistry next spring.(he can only take 1) He has not taken a HS physics class because his school does not offer it, but he has taken HS earth science, chemistry and biology. He has taken two semesters of college biology.

    He liked all his science classes equally. He enjoyed calculus and wants to take it to the highest level he can before graduating.
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  • txstellatxstella 1117 replies6 threads Senior Member
    You and your son should identify a couple of safety schools that you know you can afford. I think you should run the Net Price Calculator for North Carolina State University as a test to find out if this school will be affordable for your family. Your son can take out a total of $27,000 in loans over 4 years.

    https://npc.collegeboard.org/app/ncsu


    Your son might receive very good financial aid from a private university that meets full need, but the issue is that these schools can be very hard to get into. Your son’s ACT is very good but he needs to boost the math score.

    Did your son take the PSAT? How did he do?
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  • MamaBear2001MamaBear2001 97 replies4 threads Junior Member
    edited May 7
    @txstella My son and I have talked about Nc state, i will do the net price calculator. Thank you for the suggestions. His PSAT was 1300 680 reading 620 math.
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  • MamaBear2001MamaBear2001 97 replies4 threads Junior Member
    @momofsenior1 i will run npc for schools, thank you. If he does not do well on the SAT, he will retake ACT.
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  • aquaptaquapt 2095 replies39 threads Senior Member
    The SAT math tends not to be quite as time-crunched as the ACT so hopefully that will go well for him. Is he using the Khan Academy app to prepare? A high math score will be important for competitive engineering schools.

    By minority, do you mean an under-represented minority (African American, Latino, Native American) that will give him an admissions advantage at competitive private U's, or an over-represented minority (Asian-American) that you're mentioning by way of caring about diversity but not a "hook" with a few rare exceptions? This will make a difference both in picking realistic reaches that meet full need, and in considering some schools that don't meet full need for *all* accepted students but might for a low-income URM.

    NC State is indeed a good in-state option. UMichigan meets need for low-income OOS students, so run their NPC and see if it looks potentially affordable. (But UMich might be stingy with transfer credit whereas NC State probably has an articulation agreement with his dual-enrollment college.)

    Union in NY is full-need-met and test-optional and has a solid engineering program; if NPC looks good there it could be one to include, especially if test scores don't improve as much as hoped. URochester, also full-need-met, is test-*flexible* so if he has other high test scores like SAT subject tests or AP's, he can submit those in lieu of the ACT/SAT. Depending on scores and "hooks" and extracurriculars, there are quite a few competitive U's with strong engineering that might come into range for him. But as mentioned above re: UMich, a NC public like NC State or App State may turn out to be much better about honoring his transfer credits.
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  • MamaBear2001MamaBear2001 97 replies4 threads Junior Member
    edited May 7
    @aquapt He was gifted an SAT Princeton Review book from family recently and is using that. I will look into the Khan Academy App. URM - he is hispanic and black. But I mentioned it because of diversity, my niece had a horrible experience at her college and although the end result turned out positive, would rather he not have extreme difficulties because of his ethnicity, considering college is already hard.
    Thank you for the school suggestions, we will look into them. App state does not have an engineering program though, we found that out on a recent trip up there when he was still undecided on major.
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  • aquaptaquapt 2095 replies39 threads Senior Member
    Oops, sorry - I should have verified before suggesting App State. Anyway he should hopefully be good for NCState if he stays on this path!

    He can put the free Khan Academy app on his phone - it's a great resource.

    Maybe check out U of Miami - it has some excellent diversity scholarships in addition to pretty good need based aid, and decent Hispanic and black representation, in a very diverse city.
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  • violettroseviolettrose 5 replies0 threads New Member
    a good mix of safetiess, targets, and reaches.
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  • MWolfMWolf 1797 replies11 threads Senior Member
    Check out UIC, it has a well respected engineering school, and it's a minority serving institution.
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  • OhiBroOhiBro 353 replies6 threads Member
    I echo the prior comments on in-state options first.

    A favorite of mine is Ohio State, an excellent school, and they are heavily encouraging more diversity. Specifically, the Morrill Scholarship. Some are full tuition, some are full cost of attendance. Very competitive, but worth looking at if he is willing to travel that far.
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  • cptofthehousecptofthehouse 29650 replies58 threads Senior Member
    That he wants to go into a math heavy field but literally is not up to speed in math would lead me to look into the smaller schools that offer the CS and engineering courses. I would want small classes and a ulot of attention. Engineering is a major that gets a lot of drops. You want to give him the best chance to succeed.

    Engineering can also go into the fifth year. So do look at the costs. It’s a long time to be in an austerity regiment and you do not want to borrow if you can at all help it. So you want some schools that will come up with some money. Have you run some FAFSA estimators and some NPCs for some schools? Is there a non Custodial parent, a small business, a home with a lot of equity in the picture? Those factors can affect fin aid.

    Look for a school that has all he wants, good likelihood of aid/meri money , good chance of success, likely to take him. I think Manhattan College is a good pick. Also some state schools. Bear in mind, these are likely schools, the safeties, the birds you can have in hand. These are the most important schools on your list and they will likely take the longest to find. They are the hidden gems.

    Once you have that very important base covered, you can go to town, with all sorts of possibilities. Aim for the top schools, the ones with great name recognition. Do keep in mind that the curriculum is a tough one, and support should weigh heavily in favor of schools that offer it. I like Swarthmore as a lick. Small LAC, with a small engineering dept , top grade school, good financial aid
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  • chb088chb088 969 replies32 threads Senior Member
    He sounds like an excellent candidate for NC State. My S18 is there. Once accepted they have many scholarships he could apply for! I’m not low income but do know another family who had a little over $50k income and less kids and she got a generous package. Definitely run the NPC. Meanwhile head over to the NC State page and ask all your burning computer and electrical engineering questions!
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  • chb088chb088 969 replies32 threads Senior Member
    edited May 7
    He would also get a lot of college credit for the classes he’s already taken! And Khan Academy has great practice ACT and SAT tests.

    University of TN Knoxville also has engineering and frequently offers very good aid to smart NC kids. Run their NPC as well.
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  • longwaytogolongwaytogo 1 replies0 threads New Member
    Some in-state options (in addition to NC State) include ECU, UNC Charlotte & NC A&T. ECU's engineering program is small and not as popular as NC State's but because it's smaller there may be a better chance for individualized attention. Also ECU is a pretty diverse campus. UNC Charlotte is also diverse and has an up and coming engineering dept. They don't offer alot of merit aid but do have engineering merit scholarships. Also if your son is open to an HBCU, NC A&T is a fantastic in-state option. It's one of the top producers of black engineers.
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  • MamaBear2001MamaBear2001 97 replies4 threads Junior Member
    I have run the NPC for some schools, and it amazes me the net price differences among similiar priced schools. I didnt think about home equity when we were thinking about how much we could afford, and should have been.

    Originally we had started looking at schools that would accept his AS and give him junior standing, sorta threw that out the window when he said he wanted to have an engineering major, and really hadnt thought of running NPC.(naivete at its best) So thank you everyone for that :). We will still look at all different kind of schools but definitely keeping NPC in mind.
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  • MamaBear2001MamaBear2001 97 replies4 threads Junior Member
    @longwaytogo we were going to schedule campus visits right before the shooting at UNC charlotte and shooter on campus at A&T. So still trying to run my mind around that, even though I know it could have happened many places.
    My niece just graduated from ECU, and based on her experiences and recommendations, its not a minority friendly campus so we wont be considering it.
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  • MamaBear2001MamaBear2001 97 replies4 threads Junior Member
    @aquapt "So many tightropes to walk." Yes!!!

    He made a khan account yesterday, thanks for the suggestion earlier. :) Between that and his princeton review book, I think he will be in good shape. I think the biggest thing that messed him up with the ACT is he didnt practice timing, so he is sure to do that now.
    He is ok with a less diverse school, as long as the faculty and student body are diverse friendly. There are going to be people everywhere that arent going to like him because of his ethnicity or race, but as long as the school doesnt have an environment that fosters that mentality, he is fine with it.

    I actually just stumbled into the questbridge website earlier today so was going to talk to him about it when he gets home from school. Everything I looked at points to him qualifying.
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