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IndiansLax21IndiansLax21 Registered User Posts: 31 Junior Member
edited December 2006 in Northeastern University
Hello, I'm from a suburban town in CT. NEU is currently my top choice. I like the co-op, location, and honors program...Any feedback on honors program and merit scholarship possibilities for me b/c of the high price? Also, b/c my school uses deciles, how will admissions know which side of that range u fall in?

GPA: 4.24 (4.5 is A+ in AP) including electives
Rank: School does deciles so Top 10% (i think near Top 5)
SAT Reasoning: 1390 : (690 V, 700 M) [650 on W but 12 Essay]
SAT IIs: 700 Math IC, 700 USH, 660 Bio M, 650 Chem : /

APs:
Chem - 3 (10th)
Bio - 5 (11th)
US History - 5 (11th)
Eng Lang - 4 (11th)
- Senior Year - Calc AB, Stat, Western Civ, Eng Lit, and Physics

ECs
-Student Council (4 yrs) - Treasurer
-Senior Class President
-Key Club (4 yrs) - President
-Neighbors Helping Neighbors - Senior Leader
-Science NHS - Treasurer
-NHS, French NHS
-Student Advisory Board
-Smaller clubs (Chem, Math League, French, History - all 4 years)
-Anti-Defamation League "Truth About Hate" Facilitator (2 yrs)
-2006 CT Boys State Delegate @ ECSU
-Varsity Lacrosse (Attackman)
-Multiple State Leadership Conferences

Awards
-AP Scholar w/ Distinction
-Dept. Awards in History and French
-High Honor Roll
-St. Michael's College Book Award for Scholarship and Service
-Nominated by faculty for Prudential Spirit of Community Award

Community Service/Work Experience
-VA Medical Center - Summer '05 & '06
-Key Club
-Neighbors Helping Neighbors
-Nat'l Honor Society
-Babysitting
-Relay for Life
-Math and Reading Center
-Restaurant (Cashier/Waiter) - Summer '05 & '06

Thanks!
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  • fpmid07fpmid07 Registered User Posts: 78 Junior Member
    why are u even asking your chances; thats a safety
  • LucaskhanLucaskhan Registered User Posts: 630 Member
    he wants to know about merit scholarships and honors programs.

    I think you will get some sort of merit scholarship and have a good chance at the honors program.

    Retake the SAT to increase your chances, you should be able to do better.
  • ebeeeeeebeeeee Registered User Posts: 5,199 Senior Member
    If you can bump your SAT scores a bit, you should be able to get into honors program, depending on what major you are interested in. Read the other threads on this board..one advantage if you do get in the honors program: a pretty nice new dorm, and fairly small classes even in your intro/101 classes..
  • QNYergrlQNYergrl Registered User Posts: 571 Member
    Your stats are better than mine and I got a $11k merit scholarship. I think you're defintiely an honors candidate.
  • CC AdminCC Admin Administrator Posts: 32,420 Senior Member
    Yeah, agreeing with QNYergrl, my brother had sucky grades and he got a merit scholarship around what she got. You should be fine.

    I'm curious about what qualifies someone for the honors college too... does NEU have stats on this, anyone?
  • QNYergrlQNYergrl Registered User Posts: 571 Member
    Supposedly the "secret" cutoff last year was an SAT of 1360 as in if you don't have that score, you won't even be considered. I read that figure somewhere and it held true b/c I know someone who didn't qualify b/c of a 1300 SAT but had good EC's and a very high average but other's who got 1360 and had lower avgerages and less EC's. Northeastern's applicant pool is getting more competitive each year, so chances are the 1360 cutoff may go up.
  • RatedPGRatedPG Registered User Posts: 1,079 Senior Member
    I can't believe a school like NEU would base honors program criteria solely on SAT score? Maybe I'm naive. What about class rank in that formula, any insight?
  • nellboy219nellboy219 Registered User Posts: 18 New Member
    Wow are you serious? I think the college will give you any scholarship you want.
  • ebeeeeeebeeeee Registered User Posts: 5,199 Senior Member
    nellboy219, I have no idea what you are talking about. For all posters above, the merit scholarships seem to depend on what your declared major is, what area of the country you are from, your SAT scores, your class rank etc. I really don't think there is a magic cut off or set formula.
  • QNYergrlQNYergrl Registered User Posts: 571 Member
    SAT is definitely not the sole factor. It is just that you won't be considered for honors unless your score is at or exceeds 1360 (at least it was that way last year). If you have stronger GPA, EC's & courseload w/ a 1360 than an applicant w/ a score a little bit higher, you'd probably stand a better chance of getting in.
  • QNYergrlQNYergrl Registered User Posts: 571 Member
    In terms of merit scholarship, Northeastern also does something tricky. Two of my friends from my high school go to Northeastern with me. One had a considerably higher GPA and lots of EC's but lower SAT. This person was such a strong applicant that they were waitlisted to an Ivy League school. The other one had a decent GPA, good SATs and some EC's. The one with the higher GPA (around 3.9, 1300 SAT) got LESS scholarship than the one with a lower GPA (3.3, 1360). However, the one w/ the higher GPA got more merit aid while the other got less, so in total they received similar amounts of money. My theory is that Northeastern believes the student receiving the heftier scholarship is more likely to fall below the 3.0 gpa required to maintain it so they can relinquish more tuition. I know it sounds sadistic. I know colleges supposedly make financial aid decisions separately from admissions. But this is just my theory...
  • RatedPGRatedPG Registered User Posts: 1,079 Senior Member
    QNYergirl, you are using the terms "merit aid" and "scholarship" as if they are two totally different things. I thought they were in fact the same. I'm sure someone will set me straight.
  • ebeeeeeebeeeee Registered User Posts: 5,199 Senior Member
    They are completely two different things. Merit aid is solely a "we want you to come to our school" and kids can get that who have zero financial need. Scholarship is based on financial need. Some students get one but not the other, some get a combination of the two.
  • QNYergrlQNYergrl Registered User Posts: 571 Member
    My apologies if I made it sound as if merit aid and scholarship were two different things.

    My point/theory was just that Northeastern gave more merit aid to a less qualified applicant and more financial aid to the more qualified one, but in total they'd be paying the same amount, and the reason for this is because they feel the less qualified applicant (although still a strong one) would be more likely to lose their scholarship.
  • RatedPGRatedPG Registered User Posts: 1,079 Senior Member
    ebeeee, thanks for the clarification. However, its the first time I've heard scholarship being defined as based on financial need. Scholarship is merit based, financial aid is need based.......... am I wrong?
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