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Finalist Letter

mpabonmpabon Registered User Posts: 342 Member
edited January 2010 in National Merit Scholarships
It says Finalists are notified in February. Any idea if it's begining of February or when?
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  • ipopovaipopova Registered User Posts: 82 Junior Member
    The National Merit packet we got, http://www.nationalmerit.org/Merit_R&I_Leaflet.pdf , says:

    February 2 NMSC mails notification to high school principals about the status of their Semifinalists; a Certificate of Merit is provided for each Semifinalist who qualifies as Finalist

    February 9 NMSC notifies Finalists of their status at their home addresses

    I'm not sure if the February 9th is a letter, and would therefore arrive later, but they'll at least mail by then.
  • R124687R124687 Registered User Posts: 1,513 Senior Member
    Also...on another thread...some people who didn't make it are getting rejection letters already (they seem to have started a day or two ago). Yeeikes! Scary.
  • Jackbug2001Jackbug2001 Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    So -- if we have not heard anything I take it that is a good thing? And we should hear by February through our high school?
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Registered User Posts: 82,686 Senior Member
    I think the last reported rejection letter on CC was early last week, so it looks like everyone else made it.

    The rejection letters seemed to have been sent out around Jan 6th.
  • mombearmombear Registered User Posts: 62 Junior Member
    Can someone tell me where the thread is regarding the rejection letters? We were wondering when we might here of rejection, or hopefully finalist notification.
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Registered User Posts: 82,686 Senior Member

    If you haven't gotten a rejection letter, then your child likely made NMF since rejection letters went out about 2 weeks ago. The finalist notifications go to the school first, I believe, in February.

    Schools are also told who were rejected.

    Thread.... http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/sat-act-tests-test-preparation/823469-2009-psat-scores-class-2011-a-17.html
  • universityquestuniversityquest Registered User Posts: 60 Junior Member
    The correct thread discussing National Merit Finalist "rejection" letters is actually titled:

    PSAT Scores for National Merit Semifinalists 2009 (H.S. Class of 2010)
  • R124687R124687 Registered User Posts: 1,513 Senior Member
    ...And here is the link:

    I think the posts about this year's letters re: not advancing from semis to finals starts on page 84, post 1256.
  • locknlockn Registered User Posts: 3,033 Senior Member
    Does anyone know when colleges are notified?
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Registered User Posts: 82,686 Senior Member
    Don't know the exact date, but did you name a First choice school? If so, that school would likely be notified soon, if they haven't been already.

    What is your concern?
  • locknlockn Registered User Posts: 3,033 Senior Member
    No first choice, because I don't know where I'll get in. I applied to Florida and USC, which both give huge scholarships. Also applied to reach schools where NM is relatively a token amount. I wonder if USC waits to see if you made finalist before deciding whether to admit.
  • BarflyBarfly Registered User Posts: 1,456 Senior Member
    lockn, as I understand it, the colleges are not notified until after March 1 because students are permitted to designate or change their first choice college up until that date. Does anyone know if that's correct? If not, then I wonder what happens if the college is notified before March 1 that it is a student's first choice, then the student changes his/her mind.

    Also, have any of you learned of surprising benefits of being a NMSF? My son visited a college on Friday, and asked about changing his major. He was told that NMFs could freely switch majors and that they were the only students who could do that without having to be "accepted" into the other major.
  • R124687R124687 Registered User Posts: 1,513 Senior Member
    Check the website. It gives several notification dates when schools will be notified. And check YOUR individual school. My D asked her top two choice schools, those where she might get some money based on NMF. BOTH of them seemed a little confused as to what we meant when we asked about THEIR deadline to name them as first choice school. With further prodding, they also both said that it's the LAST NMF deadline (May 31 or close to that). So my D does not have to list her first choice until she knows where she's been admitted, and wants to go. But all colleges aren't like that. I don't know how anyone could name a first choice school before knowing if they're even going to be accepted? I THINK this is MOSTLY not as big an issue as it FEELS like. It's VERY confusing. But we just have the yellow card taped to the desk in our office so she doesn't forget.

    Barfly - yes, one or two nice surprises. At NYU...National Merit kids get very little money, but TWO TRIPS! As a freshman and sophomore, one domestic and one international (I can't tell if Italy is EVERY year or was just last year's selection), at...oh..$300 or so! And, at our state uni, there is a large (and stackable) scholarship for in state kids only,that "gives preference to National Merit finalists". With the other scholarships a typical NMF would get at this school, it amounts to a full ride. That was a NICE surprise and will probably swing her to have to accept it to due finances. Awfully hard to say no to free. But it's not guaranteed, so we'll see.
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Registered User Posts: 82,686 Senior Member
    I wonder if USC waits to see if you made finalist before deciding whether to admit.

    I wouldn't be surprised if colleges already know. Schools know who the NMSFs are before the students do, so it wouldn't surprise me if they know who the NMFs are before the embargoed formal announcement day.

    Lockn - what is the big scholarship that Florida gives to NMF?.
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