Welcome to College Confidential!

The leading college-bound community on the web

Sign Up For Free

Join for FREE, and start talking with other members, weighing in on community discussions, and more.

Also, by registering and logging in you'll see fewer ads and pesky welcome messages (like this one!)

As a CC member, you can:

  • Reply to threads, and start your own.
  • Post reviews of your campus visits.
  • Find hundreds of pages of informative articles.
  • Search from over 3 million scholarships.
We want your feedback! Complete our survey and enter to win one of four $25 gift cards.
We are excited to announce a new role on College Confidential: The Forum Champion! Read all about it and apply now.

National Merit Scholarship Strategy???

MeatheadmomMeatheadmom Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
Does it really matter what major and career choice my kid selects on the NMS forms?
Is there strategy to this process? Does it look better to the colleges she chose if she selects Biomedical Engineer over Journalism?

New to the process.
Post edited by Meatheadmom on

Replies to: National Merit Scholarship Strategy???

  • Wolverine86Wolverine86 Registered User Posts: 2,196 Senior Member
    ^Assuming your child is a current junior and the forms you're referring to are the "interest notification" forms for the top 50,000 (i.e. at least Commended) students, the general opinion is that there's usually no real "gain" in which schools you name. Generally, there might be an increase in mail from the particular school, but it probably won't affect any potential scholarship offer down the line.

    There is some strategy involved in which school your child names as a first-choice school should she become a NMSF/NMF next school year. There are several threads in this forum that you can read through regarding listing a school/listing undecided/when to change, etc. but a lot of it depends on what types of schools your D is interested in and whether or not they offer "official" and "unofficial" NM scholarships. In any case, there are a lot of folks her on CC that will be very helpful in getting you through the process. Good Luck to your D!!
  • MeatheadmomMeatheadmom Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    Great info! Thank so much. This helps a lot.
  • entomomentomom Registered User Posts: 23,662 Senior Member
This discussion has been closed.