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Tuition Exchange - Fall 2019 Apps for Fall 2020 Frosh

wallyworldjbwallyworldjb 11 replies1 postsRegistered User New Member
After digging through the forums, it looks like no one else has started a thread for those looking at Tuition Exchange schools for the fall of 2020 -- so here goes!

If you haven't already, read some previous TE threads in the Parents Forum:
https://talk.collegeconfidential.com/parents-forum/1975510-tuition-exchange-2017-p1.html
https://talk.collegeconfidential.com/parents-forum/2075165-tuition-exchange-2018-p1.html

I found these folks' posts to be particularly insightful:
@SLUProf -- Put together a chart of TE schools' data at https://github.com/speegled/tuition_exchange/blob/master/data/final_data.csv
@CollegeOdyssey2001 -- Posted final results from twin kiddos here with great timeline info:
https://talk.collegeconfidential.com/parents-forum/2075165-tuition-exchange-2018-p6.html
@MAandMEmom -- was my fav because her son's profile and interests overlapped significantly with mine!

Next up for me is S20 (son graduating from high school in 2020). He's a super strong math student at a suburban public school currently leaning toward mechanical engineering. Solid ECs (extracurriculars) with leadership in marching band and in multiple varsity sports sports each year.

We're currently sorting out the cross section of TE and ABET-accredited engineering programs, with a focus on mid-Atlantic and northeastern schools; looking at other TE and/or out-of-state public schools a little further afield, such as Case Western, James Madison, and NC State that also offer ABET programs.

Please add to the thread!
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  • MAandMEmomMAandMEmom 1607 replies9 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    I also have a D20 so I will be in the grind again next year! I’m not certain if DD will end up at a TE school as athletics plays a part in her search. She does have a couple of TE schools on her target list though. Then I have a D22 following shortly thereafter.

    It seems S19 is being pulled from from the Bucknell wait list so I need to call tomorrow and see the details. He’s likely staying put but I’ll post the info on whether TE is offered.
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  • wallyworldjbwallyworldjb 11 replies1 postsRegistered User New Member
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    Look forward to hearing back -- my S20 enjoyed his tour of the Bucknell campus last month. Good luck!



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  • thingamajigthingamajig 342 replies3 postsRegistered User Member
    following this thread. i have student 20 who will be sending in a list of 5 TE schools to our home institution in early September. or maybe even August. one of them is Syracuse. we'll see how that goes...
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  • MAandMEmomMAandMEmom 1607 replies9 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    @wallyworldjb just as a recap, S19 was offered a spot from the wait list for civil engineering as well as the TE.
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  • carlson2carlson2 373 replies2 postsRegistered User Member
    Following. I have a TE/CIC kid, but the other factor is that he is also seriously thinking about collegiate sports. The twist in all this is that he is being a recruited by a TE school.
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  • DolemiteDolemite 2107 replies34 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    UDel, Drexel, BU, Bucknell ( a little further west).
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  • MAandMEmomMAandMEmom 1607 replies9 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    @carlson2 my D20 is also a recruited athlete and I'm not certain how the TE will play out. Most TE schools do not offer awards until April, which of course would be too late in terms of committing to play a sport.
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  • wallyworldjbwallyworldjb 11 replies1 postsRegistered User New Member
    @Dolemite Have you heard anything about UDel TE offers? I've heard that getting the TE from BU (and Villanova) is incredibly difficult...
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  • MAandMEmomMAandMEmom 1607 replies9 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    I’ve been told BU offers 10 total each year - that’s a lot of NOs. Villanova offered none this year as they are giving them to sophomores who didn’t get it last year. I know of a family whose son did not get it at Conn College and he would have been an impact athlete. Competition is fierce at UPitt and USC I think. Casting a wide net is key!!
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  • DolemiteDolemite 2107 replies34 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    I have a couple of colleagues whose kids got TE from UDel but I couldn't tell you the percentage. You could try emailing the FA office of interested schools. Pitt readily gives you the stats.
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  • realmmomrealmmom 6 replies0 postsRegistered User New Member
    I am also the parent of a D20 chasing merit. Her 3 favorite schools we have visited so far are Butler, Wooster, and Pitt. We will visit some DC area schools this summer. We are trying to cast a wide net beyond just TE, but she doesn't want to do more than 10 applications, and I don't blame her. She is a likely National Merit kid, but she hasn't loved any of the NMF full ride schools.

    The comments on school choice have already started. She asked a teacher for a letter of recommendation last week, and the response to her top 3 so far was, "Those are great schools, but I expected you to be looking at places with more name recognition."

    Her response was that the "meets needs" schools are too expensive. (She will be our only one on college, and we have only recently had two decent incomes.)

    She also said, "We toured xxx (a very well known school whose net price is just a little beyond our budget and seemed worth visiting when we were nearby), and my mom said if I really liked it, I can go there for graduate school."

    The teacher said, "I can see your mom saying that."

    She comes by her super practical approach to life naturally.

    :-)
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  • DolemiteDolemite 2107 replies34 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    @realmmom If you haven't looked a USC (Southern Cal) in case you didn't know they stack TE with the 1/2 Tuition Presidential for NMF to the point of full tuition + 8K a year for room and board. They then give you another 2K a year for the NMF and possibly smaller departmental awards so you could get full tuition + 11Kish a year for room and board.

    Of course it's hard to get accepted and there is some debate on whether they offer TE to everyone. When my D applied the opinion was that everyone accepted got TE as they had more going out than coming in but since that time they have a new TE Liaison and their policies may have changed.
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  • mageecrewmageecrew 105 replies3 postsRegistered User Junior Member
    @wallyworldjb My D17 received a TE offer from UDel and I have a colleague whose daughter is there on TE now. The colleague's daughter also was in the running for another large merit scholarship there in addition (I asked and she said they told her it would be in addition to the TE), but I don't remember how that turned out.

    The TE Liaison had said that they typically have 18 TE spaces to award each year and they receive around 200 applications.

    We liked our tour of UDel a lot - great programs, a pretty campus, and cool little town. And people seemed down-to-earth.
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  • wallyworldjbwallyworldjb 11 replies1 postsRegistered User New Member
    @mageecrew We did a quick drive-through in February and UDel did not seem to throw a big-school vibe, even with 15K+ undergrads. It is definitely on D20's list for further exploration, maybe a full visit this summer.
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  • RiaMcQRiaMcQ 1 replies0 postsRegistered User New Member
    TE is stressing me out! We are in the process of compiling a school list for our D20 and touring this summer. She has a 3.75 GPA, 8 APs and a 1280 on the SAT. She is certified bi-lingual in Spanish with good ECs. From what I am reading on the forums, she will have a tough time getting TE with her scores at her first choice schools. Does anyone have a kid with similar creds who was awarded TE? Any advice to share? Thanks!
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  • MAandMEmomMAandMEmom 1607 replies9 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    A good rule of thumb @RiaMcQ is to target schools where your daughter’s stats place her at or above the 75%. Additional elements, such as athletics or say a girl in stem, might tip the scales. My S19’s stats were beyond the 75% and he received it at all but two schools.
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  • realmmomrealmmom 6 replies0 postsRegistered User New Member
    I just saw that the TE webpage has a downloadable spreadsheet of schools that still have TE seats available for 2019. That information may or may not be useful for next year, but it is interesting and may help some students craft their list.
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  • wallyworldjbwallyworldjb 11 replies1 postsRegistered User New Member
    That's really helpful @realmmom - logic suggests that if they're still open now, then they *should* be receptive to apps for fall 2020 as well!
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  • MAandMEmomMAandMEmom 1607 replies9 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    They also update that list frequently so there may have been more about a month ago.
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  • harveyjaneharveyjane 1 replies1 postsRegistered User New Member
    I have been following the Tuition Exchange forums for two years as my daughter progressed through high school. She is now a rising senior and my Tuition Exchange quest begins. The last couple of years, the forums have been dominated by parents who have kids with 34+ ACT scores and they were only applying to the top tier of colleges. My situation is a little different and I am hoping that others in the middle pack will join in. Here are her stats - ACT 31, gpa 3.8 UW. Honors classes, and involved in nearly everything on campus, including four years of SGA.
    We have visited eight colleges on Tuition Exchange. We picked colleges that put my daughter in the top 25%, but sometimes she is just barely over that point. They include
    Elon
    High Point
    Baylor
    Samford
    Belmont
    Furman
    TCU
    GWU

    From those visits, she will probably only apply to 6 of them, and of those, all but one offer full tuition.
    Now, we wait. This is the hardest part. Most of her friends will know where they are going to college by the end of April. But TE can sometimes keep you waiting, even into the summer
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