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Parents of the HS Class of 2018 - 3.0 to 3.4 GPA

MotherOfDragonsMotherOfDragons Registered User Posts: 3,956 Senior Member
With thanks to @eandesmom (who started the 2017 version of this thread), here it is for the 2018 kids.

I've copied over some of the initial guidelines from previous threads.

As a guideline, this is not a chance thread for students. It is for parents of kids roughly in the B to B+ range with any range of test scores. Of course, all parents are welcome, but it is not meant for the top of the line, applying to Ivies sorts of dilemmas. Advice from parents of other years is definitely appreciated!

Things to talk and think about now

1. Test Prep

2. School Visits & casting WIDE nets


4. Possible Financial/Merit aid

5. Books to assist our quest of the perfect school for our children.

6. Requesting LOR's before school gets out

And as we get close to and into senior year:

1. Applications (EA vs. ED vs. RD), essay prompts, etc.

2. Auditions (music, dance, theatre)

3. Senior year visits & overnights

4. The Waiting Game of acceptances

5. Reviewing award letters

6. Committing and sending in that check!

So, pour another cup of coffee (or tea), bookmark this thread, and start posting!

Replies to: Parents of the HS Class of 2018 - 3.0 to 3.4 GPA

  • mstompermstomper Registered User Posts: 855 Member
    Both our S16 and S18 fit into this category, but there are big differences. S16 was a NMSF who didn't advance due to grades. If he didn't want to do an assignment he just didn't do it. He almost failed AP English, but got a 4 on the exam. He's now at Temple, where he got a nice scholarship. S18 started out in a very competetive program. He did well the first semester, but then the anxiety got to him. He dropped out of the program after the first semester sophomore year and started getting help for the anxiety (it's amazing how many bright kids we know have the same kind of issues; I wonder what that says about the state of our schools). He immediately returned to being the 3.5 or so kid he'd always been. He got a 1280 on the PSAT wIthout any preparation; he doesn't think it's that good, but it's in the top 8 or 9 percent.

    He hasn't wanted to talk about colleges much so far. We think he might do better at a LAC, but he may have other ideas. He's a big sports fan, but he said that won't dictate his decision. So far he's said he doesn't want to go to the west coast (transportation issues; he doesn't dislike that area), any deep red state, or anywhere in Pennsylvania (is a big Nationals/Ravens fan who doesn't want to live with too many Phillies/Steelers fans). I think he'd find that there are many LACs in PA where that wouldn't happen. Like his brother (and me), he's never really liked school. It's kind of a necessary evil.
  • MotherOfDragonsMotherOfDragons Registered User Posts: 3,956 Senior Member
    Here are the test dates and deadlines for the ACT this year:

    Test date/deadline/late deadline:

    Feb 11, 2017**, Jan 13, 2017, Jan 20, 2017

    Apr 8, 2017, Mar 3, 2017, Mar 17, 2017

    June 10, 2017, May 5, 2017, May 19, 2017

    SAT :

    Test date/deadline/late deadline/online release
    January 21, 2017 December 21, 2016 January 10, 2017 February 23, 2017
    March 11, 2017 February 10, 2017 February 28, 2017 April 13, 2017
    May 6, 2017 April 7, 2017 April 25, 2017 June 8, 2017
    June 3, 2017 May 9, 2017 May 24, 2017 July 12, 2017

    Right now her plan is to take the Feb ACT (already registered), and the May SAT. Then if she's not happy with the numbers, she'll retake the ACT in June and the SAT in Sept.

    She's using Magoosh as a study aid.
  • mstompermstomper Registered User Posts: 855 Member
    Son just registered for the March SAT last night. His brother talked him into choosing Temple as one of the schools he has scores sent to; it almost sounds like he'd be happy having younger brother there.
  • VaNcBorderVaNcBorder Registered User Posts: 144 Junior Member
    Thank your @MotherOfDragons for starting this thread! I was beginning to hijack the 2017 thread a little too many times so it's nice to have one speficially for our year.

    S18 is signed up for the January SAT (which was recommended by his SAT math tutor) and will sign up for the Feb ACT. In looking at future dates his next chance for the SAT would be May as the March dates falls during his Spring Break and the June SAT falls during his final exams.

    I have been through this process once before with D15 but it was a huge learning process for us and I am excited to have cc along for the ride this time.
  • svcamomsvcamom Registered User Posts: 140 Junior Member
    @MotherOfDragons , thank you for starting this new thread. I too would read the previous classes thread and found it really helpful.
    I have a son who is in HS Class of 2018. In October he took the ACT for the first time and scored a 35 ! He will be taking the SAT on Jan 21, and I hope he does well. My son has ADHD( inattentive type) and struggles with turning homework in, but still manages to have a 3.0 g.p.a. He tells us that he wants to go to college, but has'nt shown a lot of interest. He has mentioned that he wants to go out of state( we are in the bay area), where it snows. We visited NJ and Ohio last summer.
  • DustyfeathersDustyfeathers Registered User Posts: 2,269 Senior Member
    @svamom One college that might suit him is Muhlenberg. They may give him merit with his high ACT. It's a supportive environment, well-rounded school. And I'm pretty sure that it still snows in PA!
  • svcamomsvcamom Registered User Posts: 140 Junior Member
    @Dustyfeathers , Thank you for that suggestion ! I hope that they have Electrical/Electronic Engineering, since that is the field that my son wants to get a degree in.
  • LonghaulLonghaul Registered User Posts: 2,509 Senior Member
    My son may fit this thread. We are hoping he gets a 3.0.

    He took redesigned SAT (1260) and ACT 29. He is retaking the ACT with writing in February.

    He wants Army ROTC and Environmental or Civil Engineering.

    He is his own worst enemy. Won't ask for help. Procrastinates. He has good variety of ECs and works. All in all, a good kid who just isn't focused on homework.

    I also have a 2019 daughter that fits the GPA and is expected to have lower standardized scores. My oldest is in college.
  • DustyfeathersDustyfeathers Registered User Posts: 2,269 Senior Member
    Hi @svcamom

    Sadly I don't think Muhlenberg has any kind of engineering, but there are a few schools that take that level of GPA that DO have that.

    South Dakota Mines and Tech has electrical engineering. It's a small, well-regarded school with excellent academics. My DS went there for a summer camp once and he liked it a lot--of course this was the summer. But I kept it in mind because it was a small school that seemed to be able to focus on the students. I didn't want my kids to be in really huge lecture classes for their difficult intro courses. SDMines also has really low OOS tuition as these things go (est. total for OOS including Room and Board is like $24K) and a high acceptance rate. It's ABET accredited and the the employment prospects are some of the highest in the country. The starting salary is like $64K on average, which in some years is above that of Harvard's. It definitely has snow!

    Wentworth Institute is another that is solid and seems in a snowy region and seems to be the target GPA.

    Clarkson University is definitely in snow territory and will have lots of winter sports. The GPA is slightly higher, but I think your son may be in the range.

    UMass Lowell is another, but you'd be paing OOS tuition. And it's a larger state school.

    Finally, you may want to seriously consider SUNY Maritime. This school has an excellent reputation. The employment prospects are stellar. The grads pull down some of the highest salaries of any school like measured ten years out. This school worked hand-in-hand with my DS's high school and I trust the leadership. That being said, anyone who decides that this is the school for them has to really be into ships! But they also get to travel the world. So there's that . . . If you're into this school, the kids I know really love it. But as with any school, you really need to be excited by the program.

  • DustyfeathersDustyfeathers Registered User Posts: 2,269 Senior Member
    edited January 5
    Sorry, I meant for SUNY Maritime, they get to travel the world at least in their careers. I don't think they are traveling the world as undergrads, although they might, but there is definitely time on decks of ships for undergrads! And they get snazzy uniforms.

    If this seems like a possible path for you, here is a list of other maritime academies--

  • DustyfeathersDustyfeathers Registered User Posts: 2,269 Senior Member
    BTW I commented on another thread about the U of Maine, Orono tuition offer to OOS students. It's worth mentioning here.


    They are apparently matching flagship tuition across the country for OOS students.

    They seem to have electrical engineering -- https://ece.umaine.edu/

    Orono is about 40 miles north of Acadia National Park -- a gorgeous area. Also there's a major airport there for getting to and from the school from other areas. And of course SNOW! There's great hiking, skiing, everything outdoorsy you could imagine. Orono is next door to Bangor, which is a fairly sizeable city for Maine.
  • VaNcBorderVaNcBorder Registered User Posts: 144 Junior Member
    We had Junior Night at school last night. While I have done this before with D15, it was funny to see the wide eyes in most parents as the speakers gave us information overload. We had admissions directors from 2 colleges and because they came from 2 very different schools, it was a great mix of advice and information.

    When I asked my son if he learned anything, he said 'Yes, the admissions people are on my side. And I have to learn how to do my own laundry.'

  • MACmiracleMACmiracle Registered User Posts: 968 Member
    edited January 28
    I just felt like bumping this thread to let people know it's here. I don't know how we fit in but I'm very, very grateful for @MotherOfDragons for starting. I anticipate this thread sharing invaluable information for many of us.

    My DD is currently at 4.0 UW but will not have super high SATs or the kind of rigor I usually see on CC. So I think I might fit this group well, if you don't mind my company.

    Right now we are waiting for the scores of DD's first SAT and considering the ACT.

    We are obviously after merit. We are low income but have savings and own our house, which has affected our FAFSA EFC but will have worse effects at CSS Profile schools. I really want to avoid Profile schools because filling out financial forms is stressful to the point of being traumatic for me. We have almost nothing in specially designated retirement accounts and two more kids after my 2018 D who have mild special needs and will probably need more support, so limiting our college expenses is really important.

    Since D is very unsure about what and where she wants to study (except nothing too big and nothing urban), I have been making lists of less selective schools with science offerings (no engineering but ideally with neuroscience) and merit and student health insurance plans.

    Air Force ROTC is on the table but there's the possibility of a medical disqualification, so we don't want to put all her eggs in that basket.

    I look forward to learning much and sharing your experiences over the next few years.
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