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NMF rejection letters go out very soon...heads up!

mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Forum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama 84326 replies1049 threads Forum Champion
edited February 2013 in National Merit Scholarships
It's very likely that the rejection letters were mailed out yesterday. Typically, those who don't make finalist get a letter between Jan 9 - 17th (depending on your mail).

So, if you don't receive a rejection letter by about the 3rd week of Jan, you can rather safely assume that you'll be notified that you made NMF in February. When my son made NMF, his school notified him first...I think that's still how it's done.


However, if your grades were good, your SAT was fine, you did the paperwork, you sent in your SAT scores, and you're not a discipline problem at school, you'll very likely make NMF. :)


If you get a rejection letter which you believe to be a mistake, then do contact NMCorp and appeal.
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  • wizkhalifa1wizkhalifa1 263 replies44 threads Member
    Ouch. Guess 'Bama's out of the running for me.
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  • akrondad2012akrondad2012 2 replies0 threads New Member
    my son got a rejection letter. would you happen to have any insight into the appeal process? thanks.
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  • perazzimanperazziman 2357 replies63 threads Senior Member
    @akrondad2012

    As someone who is hoping that son makes Finalist next year, it is really scary to hear what happened.

    Was it related to GPA, such as, S not taking honor/ AP classes? Did he have Cs or Ds in junior year? Was his class rank below 25 percentile? Or do you think it was something completely different?
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  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Forum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama 84326 replies1049 threads Forum Champion
    Wizk.....did you get a rejection letter? Did you apply to Bama before Dec 1st? If so, then you still get the full tuition scholarship.

    Did the letter indicate why you were rejected? Was it valid?


    Edited to add:

    GPA--3.02 unweighted, 3.88 weighted


    Looks like your grades hurt you. How many Cs? any D's?



    my son got a rejection letter. would you happen to have any insight into the appeal process? thanks.

    What reason was given for the rejection?



    Perazziman....no, it's not related to "not taking APs or honors classes" or "rank"....those aren't a consideration for making NMF. It's typically.....C/Ds for semester grades (usually a C or 2 is ok, but not more than that), discipline problem at school, SAT below about 1970, or not filling out the paperwork.
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  • wizkhalifa1wizkhalifa1 263 replies44 threads Member
    It was definitely the five C's, but I'd hoped my counselor's multiple references to my ADHD might help... guess not. I still met up tonight with a group of guys I was planning on rooming with to watch the game, and the full tuition is still as good of an offer as I've received (surprisingly, I have gotten a fair amount of money from the six schools I've been accepted to thus far).
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  • Yankee BelleYankee Belle 731 replies15 threads Member
    Have the counselor call to appeal. The worst thing that can happen is they say no, but there is a slight chance you will get a yes.
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  • vryproudmomvryproudmom 189 replies30 threads Junior Member
    wizkhalifa1 I'm sorry for your bad news. The brighter side is all of the offers you did receive. Would you mind telling us which other schools you applied to? My son is a Junior this year and I'm looking for more ideas of which schools are generous. Thanks and good luck.
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  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Forum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama 84326 replies1049 threads Forum Champion
    I think the student (not GC) needs to initiate the appeal.
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  • tommykirkpatricktommykirkpatrick 498 replies45 threads Member
    My unweighted is a 3.52, weighted somewhere around a 3.9, and I think I've had one or two C grades.. should I be fine?
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  • wizkhalifa1wizkhalifa1 263 replies44 threads Member
    How exactly do I file an appeal? I can't find it on the NM web site, so I'm thinking I should just call them right after school.
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  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Forum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama 84326 replies1049 threads Forum Champion
    You would call NMCorp.

    There isn't a formal process, so there isn't a form. Call and find out who you need to talk to.
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  • akrondad2012akrondad2012 2 replies0 threads New Member
    reason for rejection was course work. though he's only taken honors and AP when that was an option, he pulled a few C's which hit his gpa. (our school only weights AP, but not honors, which affected class rank.) if the C's are the problem, then we'll have to accept the outcome.
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  • SybelleSybelle 41 replies2 threads Junior Member
    Just got my rejection letter... not sure what I'm going to do now; I was really counting on NMF scholarships to be able to afford the schools I've been considering...

    I know exactly why I didn't make finalist: my ninth grade year had some serious blemishes as a result of family issues to the tune of a divorce, change in school, and custody battle followed by another change in school. My experience that year and how I have changed as a result were the subject of my essay, and my GC told me she'd mention the conditions in her rec, but I suppose NMC doesn't really care about circumstances, just the numbers. My school calculates GPA strangely and only gives weighted--mine is ~3.5 according to them, but upon actual calculation, unweighted my GPA is 3.47 and weighted it is 3.73. So grades were definitely the reason for me.

    Nonetheless, I will be calling in hopes of appealing; the worst they can say at this point is no, I suppose.
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  • vpolineni7vpolineni7 11 replies5 threads New Member
    Didn't make it...3.5 unweighted gpa and a 4.6 weighted. 2100 SAT, no discipline problems. I was shocked to be honest. I'll definitely be appealing this.
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  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Forum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama 84326 replies1049 threads Forum Champion
    Didn't make it...3.5 unweighted gpa


    Any C's? If so, how many were semester grades?

    Any D's?


    If anyone has a low grade for a quarter grade, but not as a semester grade (and your school reports quarter grades), then I would definitely make the point that most schools do not report quarter grades so your transcript should be viewed in that light and only semester grades be considered.

    What was the reason given in the rejection letter???
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  • vpolineni7vpolineni7 11 replies5 threads New Member
    @m2ck: maybe 3-4 C's, no D's. But my courseload was very rigorous, I was hoping that would offset it some. The reason was my academic record or something like that.

    @perazziman: yes it does. top 26%
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  • perazzimanperazziman 2357 replies63 threads Senior Member
    @vipolineni7

    Does your school score AP courses on a 6 point scale? What is your class rank?
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  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Forum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama 84326 replies1049 threads Forum Champion
    maybe 3-4 C's, no D's

    I think last year or so, people were reporting that 1 or 2 C's were ok, but not more than that.

    NMCorp doesn't seem to care about course rigor....that would require each student's transcript to be compared with what a school offers, and I don't think NMCorp does that....at least no one has ever indicated that they didn't make it because they didn't take APs or whatever....but still had a high GPA.

    Furthermore, when my son made NMF, one of the other NMFs hadn't taken ANY APs nor had he taken Calculus, so in that case rigor didn't matter.

    I also don't think class rank matters and I would point to the schools that have 100+ NMFs each year. It's very doubtful that all of those kids would have high rankings.
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  • Mom24boysMom24boys 927 replies47 threads Member
    Do semester grades have to be reported to NMCorp? I asking info for my current junior. Son's standard HS transcript only includes year end grades, would NMCorp see that or all quarterly grades? No C's by year end, but C's for some quarters (don't know how many - trying to forget Freshman year.)
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  • perazzimanperazziman 2357 replies63 threads Senior Member
    I also don't think class rank matters and I would point to the schools that have 100+ NMFs each year

    m2ck, That is a great point, I never thought about it that way.

    By the way, i was speaking to a school counselor tonight at son's high school, who was not certain, but thought that NM also factors in academic rigor of a school. So, for example, a school with 100 commendeds in a class of 200 (50%) might be considered more academically rigorous by NMC than a school in which less than 4 percent. Or they could be using the average SAT score of a school etc. If this is true, then there may not be some universal number of acceptable Cs or GPA or rank, but a scale that is different for different schools.
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