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Parents of the HS Class of 2019 - 3.0 to 3.4 GPA

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  • OrangeFishOrangeFish Registered User Posts: 362 Member
    Thank you again for your advice! I found the college essay organizer tool -- looks quite helpful.

    Most of the kids at D's school are either all in for the BFA or all in for a (not-related-to-theatre) BA, and not split down the middle. Also, hardly any are interested in the technology side (theatre tech, digital/interactive media, etc.).

    All of the BFA programs on her list have portfolio requirements that are the same (at least for this year). We won't have a sense of the quality of her portfolio until National Portfolio Day next month. She has updated her portfolio based on what faculty have suggested at the various colleges, but that's not a real "review." Also, there are two schools on her list that have prescreens this year.

    All of the schools on her list have passed the what's-the-cost review. We simply cannot afford going outside our budget, so anything extreme doesn't make the cut.
  • GatormamaGatormama Registered User Posts: 843 Member
    Posted a review of WVU & OU in the main 2019 thread but since they're apparently viewed as "lesser" schools, I probably should have posted it here.

    http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/discussion/comment/20893441/#Comment_20893441
  • OrangeFishOrangeFish Registered User Posts: 362 Member
    Very helpful, @Gatormama! Thank you for the great details. (And I would not call them "lesser" school, but I understand where you are going. :) )
  • eh1234eh1234 Registered User Posts: 590 Member
    Thanks @gatormama ! I'm not sure why D16 didn't look at WVU - she's been to the campus to visit some HS classmates and she liked certain things about it. She said that "S19 wouldn't like it" but couldn't seem to elaborate lol! S19 will probably end up at a large public U within a few states of home so I should probably look into a bit more.

    Maybe I'll add Ohio U to the growing list of Ohio schools that seem potentially interesting (along with Ohio State, Denison, Cincinnati and Case Western as the potential ultimate reach). I do seem to recall that either Ohio U or Miami U is considered pretty conservative, but I don't remember which one (or maybe both)? Did you get a sense of how conservative (or not) the school might be?


  • OrangeFishOrangeFish Registered User Posts: 362 Member
    @eh1234 -- I do not think Miami is a conservative school. (I am surrounded by Miami alumni at work, and they are by no means conservative.)
  • 4MyKidz4MyKidz Registered User Posts: 326 Member
    @Gatormama OU alumnus here (for grad school)...definitely a great school! Just like @OrangeFish said "I get what you are saying" though.
  • SwimmingDadSwimmingDad Registered User Posts: 330 Member
    Number of school to apply to is really kid and family dependent. With my oldest, he ended up applying to 8, three of which had supplemental essays. Three reaches, 3 on target, 2 safeties. In there were 2 inexpensive schools...I needed to make sure he had that. (Fortunately one of the reach/on targets was an inexpensive option for us.)

    With child number two, it will be a one or two schools less. Though just a junior, he has two schools he really likes (he was dragged on most of the original tours), one of which is most likely a safety (but a really good fit). Of course, we will see what this looks like in a year. A lot can change.
  • GatormamaGatormama Registered User Posts: 843 Member
    I didn't get the sense that OU was conservative; I thought I had read somewhere on here that Miami was more conservative. That said, in the Fine Arts dorm, one door was plastered with MAGA/Trump stickers. I think as in all big schools you will find your tribe.
  • OrangeFishOrangeFish Registered User Posts: 362 Member
    D19 setup a meeting with her high school's career center specialist for early December -- we'll have TWO HOURS (!!!) to settle out the colleges list on Naviance, make plans for finalizing portfolios, figure out how to best address the GPA/test scores disparity, start planning out interviews/portfolio reviews. (And she setup the meeting on her own!) D did share her September ACT score and that she'll be attending National Portfolio Day next month, so her only homework is to update the "colleges I am thinking about" list on Naviance.
  • VAOptimistVAOptimist Registered User Posts: 149 Junior Member
    edited October 2017
    @Cotton2017, in addition to Towson and Salisbury, try Christopher Newport in VA, and any of the NC schools besides UNC-Chapel Hill. UNC-Wilmington in particular, seems to attract well-rounded students from the DC area. We also know happy students at NC State. With merit aid, they may work in your budget. Florida State is another option, but it is a big school.
  • OrangeFishOrangeFish Registered User Posts: 362 Member
    @Cotton2017 -- is Coastal Carolina too far south?
  • Cotton2017Cotton2017 Registered User Posts: 23 New Member
    It's funny because Christopher Newport has been recommended a couple times to me now. We are even going to watch their field hockey team when they play St. Mary's next week. @OrangeFish - I think that Coastal Carolina might be a tad far but I have bookmarked it as a place to maybe visit. @VAOptimist - do you really think the UNC's are a possibility for a lower SAT person? I heard they take very few OOS and figured mostly high SAT/ACT people get in. I think she would really like NC State but I figured she couldn't get in (or I couldn't afford it). I don't think she would like Towson - she isn't a city person ( I don't think).
  • PugsleyAddamsPugsleyAddams Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    Hi! I'm scared and excited to join this thread. I have been lurking around for a couple of months when DS decided he will go for a BFA in MT( oh the horror ). He is determined, and there is no "Plan B", so here we go. Not only does he have to get into a college, he has to get into the MT program at said college, and ONLY wants to be in New York. Eek!
  • OrangeFishOrangeFish Registered User Posts: 362 Member
    Welcome @PugsleyAddams ! On a good note, at least your student knows exactly what he wants out of a college. :)

    I'll be following your posts as I have lots to learn about the pre-screen/portfolio process. (My D19 wants either a BA or BFA in theatre tech.)
  • ninakatarinaninakatarina Registered User Posts: 395 Member
    My kid is heavily involved in theater, but seems to have settled on getting an education in something else with a minor in theater so we're not on the BFA track. But I am also very interested in what you find out, for the kids in his class that are determined to chase the dream.
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