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Time for another thread for B and C students

bjkmombjkmom 7942 replies158 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
College Confidential does so many things so very well. But there's a real lack of information and inspiration for kids who aren't at the very top end of the bell curve-- for kids with B and even C averages who plan to attend college. I started a thread on the topic last year-- mods, I'm hoping it's OK to link a locked thread: http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/college-search-selection/1764140-can-we-talk-to-the-b-and-c-students-about-college-p1.html Locked or not, there's a lot of good info on that thread.

So often, a kid is advised (almost always by another kid) to run to the nearest Community College, as though it's the only possible option for a kid without a string of As on his transcript.

I went to Community College, and for me it was the right choice. But it wasn't for my son-- a barely B average kid who simply wasn't motivated to strive for A's. He absolutely would have fallen through the cracks at our local CC, with it's student body of 22,000. Instead, he just finished his freshman year at the perfect school for him: a small Catholic university near Philadelphia, 3 hours from home. My son, who spent 18 years watching others do things, played deck hockey, worked out every day, considered (briefly) playing rugby, and DJ'ed with his roommate one night per week. He grew up remarkably this year, mostly because we put in the time and effort to find the school that was right for him.

His sister is finishing her Junior year. Sophomore year was rough-- a combination of anxiety issues and my husband's medical crisis really did a job on her grades. So I find myself with yet another barely B student, looking at colleges.

And I'm here to tell you that there are lots and lots of them that will be the right fit for her. We've seen 2 at this point-- one she loved and one she hated. We'll see another bunch this summer.

She wants to major in Fashion Merchandising. Because of her anxiety issues, I don't want her at FIT or LIM-- Manhattan just doesn't seem to the right place for her to grow for the next 4 years.

But we have a list of about a dozen schools that should be good fits.

I'm here to tell you, as a high school teacher and a mom, that there ARE great options for you, even if you're not one of the Uber High Achievers that tend to populate this site. I've taught so many kids over the years who simply didn't blossom on the prescribed timeline, who hit their stride in college and went on to do great things.

The trick is finding that college. It may not be one of the ones your guidance counselor recommends-- my son's guidance counselor had never heard of some of the schools he applied to. If you're here, the odds are good that you're looking for hope and help in finding the right school. And I wanted to open up a discussion for you.
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  • bjkmombjkmom 7942 replies158 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Absolutely.

    So part of the process has to be taking a look at the prices, and the institutional aid, offered by the schools on your list.
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  • taverngirltaverngirl 892 replies20 threadsRegistered User Member
    Thank you for posting this. CC is definitely geared towards high stats kids and can make one feel helpless if you're ot at that level. My dd, who was advised by her gc to take the toughest classes possible, has just under a 3.0 UW. The AP classes have been tough and she got her first C this year. However, we've put a good list of colleges together. It came from us doing lots of research with books taken out of the library. Our gc hasn't heard of half the schools on our list but they're still in the top 300. These students have options besides community colleges (not that there's anything wrong with them but if it may not be a good option for your student).
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  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 41747 replies450 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I think that B students (B- included) have a good shot at many small private universities in the Midwest that will nurture them and will discount their prices if they think the applicant will likely come.
    It's harder for students in the 2.0-2.6 range, especially if test scores are commensurate with GPA.
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  • LindagafLindagaf 9146 replies492 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    There are actually quite a few long-running threads about this. Colleges for the Jewish B student, I got in without a 3.7 GPA club, where is your 3.0-3.4 kid going, and many others. People can do a search in the search bar. These threads are all very long with a lot of useful info.
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  • hannuhyluhannuhylu 323 replies2 threadsRegistered User Member
    Whatever you can afford.
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  • GrainraiserGrainraiser 469 replies3 threadsRegistered User Member
    I enjoy these threads because the address the concerns of average students. You have a few kids who want to know about ivy league or top notch schools. You have even more average kids who wants to know about the Western Kentucky, Eastern Michigan, Texas State etc.
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  • skyii558skyii558 35 replies2 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    University of Alabama is often mentioned here as a great bargain for high stats kids due to their focus on attracting NMF. However, their admissions standards are actually quite low-something like a 20 ACT? So Im wondering if that might be the case with other large flagships. While a school with +20K students isn't for everyone, they are an option.
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 77722 replies678 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 41747 replies450 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    ^and TC3 not only has nice residence halls, it also has an honors program that's relatively easy to get into even if you're not a top student, provided you are motivated, ready to do the work, and ask yourself questions (you need to email the head of the program, explaining why you'd like to apply, and submit a recommendation letter that can vouch to your motivation and curiosity. It's not about who has the highest test score at all.)
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  • bjkmombjkmom 7942 replies158 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Ohhh so good to know! Thanks!
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  • momocarlymomocarly 887 replies11 threadsRegistered User Member
    edited September 2017
    My S17 was a top student but my D15 was not. For her she found the perfect one in the Colleges that Change Lives but a boy got in the way and she has yet to do anything about going to school. Son could have gone to lots of colleges but chose Kansas State because it is top ranked in his major. He is thrilled with it. For many majors it is an option and does give scholarships to some B students from OOS and is a great deal for in-state students. They pride themselves on giving all students a chance. A lot of B/C students thrive there. It is 25,000 but my son says if feels much smaller. It is a very supportive school that could be perfect for the student that doesn't mind being in a small town in Kansas! (It is not flat there by the way and my uber preppy kid LOVES it). Oh and the Honors college is excellent and willing to accept students that don't have the credentials depending on circumstances. The school wants the kids to push themselves and succeed. If a student wants to be there they do well. They have a lover graduation rate because parent (particularly in-state) will push some of their kids, who do not want to go to college, to go and if a student refuses to go to class or accept help offered there isn't much a school can do to help them succeed.
    edited September 2017
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  • greatchoirgreatchoir 36 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    DC never wowed anybody with the GPA but attended a nationally known prep school and had national stature with an EC. Now thriving at a CTCL school known for that EC. As much as I used to hate this adage, it has some truth to it: It's all about fit. Figure out the school/s that value what your DC brings to the table.
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  • KardinalschnittKardinalschnitt 187 replies3 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @momocarly Thanks for the description of KSU. Unfortunately, it is not in our budget but my dd fell in love with it when she looked at it and would go there in a heartbeat if it were.
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