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The little things that moved a school from the bottom to the top of your's or your child's list.

Newsie2015Newsie2015 496 replies25 threads Member
UM replaced UGA on my list because of weather.

(though it is debatable about weather being considered a little or a big decision factor)
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  • LBad96LBad96 3442 replies57 threads Senior Member
  • Newsie2015Newsie2015 496 replies25 threads Member
    @Ibad96 University of Miami
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  • GMTplus7GMTplus7 14268 replies297 threads Senior Member
    edited December 2014
    Scholarship money
    edited December 2014
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  • SweetbeetSweetbeet 565 replies30 threads Member
    Getting in + money.
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  • intparentintparent 36291 replies644 threads Senior Member
    My kid was swayed by the "homemade" (made by students) chemical light sabers demonstrated by current students at night during her accepted student visit to the school she ended up attending. :)
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  • preamble1776preamble1776 4398 replies332 threads Senior Member
    A full scholarship. I had initially believed that I wouldn't receive any aid whatsoever because of my EFC. I was unaware of their merit scholarships prior to being notified of the award.
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  • colorado_momcolorado_mom 9395 replies83 threads Senior Member
    Interesting question. It seems like most things that would sway decision would be a "big factor"... unless all other things equal.
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  • preamble1776preamble1776 4398 replies332 threads Senior Member
    Yeah. I take my answer back. A full scholarship (or any significant amount of grant money) isn't really a "little thing."

    I applied to a safety in North Carolina and I was admitted with significant merit aid (which I anticipated) - but they actually had a U.S. Representative from N.C. send me a letter urging me to attend - he was an alum himself (and I was a prospective Political Science major). I thought that was really cool. The letter and envelope had the fancy Congressional seal and everything. I still have it even though I decided not to attend.
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  • mommyrocksmommyrocks 1204 replies14 threads Senior Member
    Well, all offers are not in for my DD yet, but the university that has risen to the top right now has offered almost a full ride, with only a 2.0 GPA required to renew most of the scholarship $ and a 3.0 for the rest, plus the location and university offer the extracurricular activities and electives she dreams of having, that are hard to find at most universities. Plus transportation costs (by air) are cheaper and more direct than almost all the other universities she applied to. Everywhere she applied has the right major(s) of course, so it's these other things that are making this university the most appealing so far.
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  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone 24589 replies19 threads Senior Member
    Her list was one college, so there wasn't much movement. However, little things like a woman's club hockey team, swing dancing, a department merit scholarship, an invitation by the director (and department head) to watch a rehearsal during a campus visit, horseback riding, actually enjoying the football game on a visit all contributed to her loving the school even more and not looking for another. The people are just genuinely nice and have help solve any problem with paperwork, weather delays, roommate assignments, etc.
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  • Mom2aphysicsgeekMom2aphysicsgeek 4737 replies56 threads Senior Member
    If didn't move the school from the bottom to the top of the list BC we couldn't afford it he school,even after a hefty scholarship offer (well, compared to full-ride, financially it had to be eliminated$, but in one of his acceptance packages there was a very nice note from an admissions officer telling him how much he had enjoyed one of his essays and referenced part of the research Ds had completed. If all things had been equal financially at that point, that note might have tipped the scales for ds.
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  • MomzieMomzie 817 replies29 threads Member
    Financial aid can be used for study abroad. Paris here she comes!
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  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Forum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama 84332 replies1049 threads Forum Champion
    The campus, the merit, the atmosphere....


    BTW...there is no such word as "your's". The phrase should be: top of your or your child's list.
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  • redpoodlesredpoodles 2078 replies32 threads Senior Member
    It's like finding a prom dress for us. The best fit, financially, location wise, culture, and programming. I hope the school that fits her the best in location, culture, and programming will be affordable. Right now she has tried on a lot of dresses that need altering, lol.
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  • RussianMomRussianMom 65 replies3 threads Junior Member
    Campus visits impacted my son's list. CMU went up, Cornell went down. I guess it is a little early to decide for him - financial aid and scholarships will be a huge part of making decision. And he needs to be accepted first too...
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  • N's MomN's Mom 2206 replies6 threads Senior Member
    Grinnell leaped to the top of S's list after visiting. I don't know where it was on his list beforehand, but I hadn't even wanted to visit - too isolated, I thought, and we'd already visited 9 other small liberal arts colleges. How different could it be? But he was wowed by the facilities first and then by how incredibly nice everyone was (and yes, it's noteworthy, especially when coming from major metro area on the east coast). He loved the idea of walk-on sports teams, the merit aid, the small class size…it just kept getting more impressive. He called his dad as we drove away and said, "I've found it."
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  • BeeDAreBeeDAre 1156 replies12 threads Senior Member
    - ability to get merit aid
    - being in an urban area, while also having a proper campus and student housing.
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  • bookwormbookworm 9225 replies74 threads Senior Member
    I know someone else who had the special feeling at Grinnell, and enrolled there. She is now in last year of residency at a top medical school. I'd be happy your son found a place he really likes.
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