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Colleges for the Jewish "B" student

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  • swittersswitters 402 replies5 threadsRegistered User Member
    Hi Rockville mom- i am a montgomery county parent also. A couple of observations:

    I get the feeling towson is not a safety school these days, especially for maryland residents who dont have to pay that much.

    Your child is coming out of 10th grade with a fairly high gpa for a boy. I agree with whoever posted about a good sat prep class working wonders. PM me and I can give you the one we used, it was remarkable. My 3.5 kid got in everywhere he applied (with an art portfolio that was outstanding) We are Jewish, this wasnt an issue, but anyway....
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  • levirmlevirm 1150 replies28 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    If he is interested in business, I would urge you to consider Babson in Boston. It has a very targeted business curriculum, places students beautifully in internships and jobs, and from what I understand has a very nice Jewish population. Believe me, you will appreciate the job placement rate when he graduates (or, if he is going into a family business, he would get outstanding training).
    On the other hand, he does not have to major in business to go into business! There are any number of majors that would apply!
    Someone mentioned Quaker schools, and Earlham might fit this bill. I don't know much about Jewish life, but the one person I know who went there a few years ago is now a cantor and married a rabbi!
    Also, have you considered Kenyon?
    Disagree with Duquesne - even though I know a rabbi's son and another rabbi's daughter who go there - students have to go across town to get to the Hillel Jewish University Center that is located right next to Pitt and CMU, and the school is really Catholic.
    Thanks for this thread, and for all of the great suggestions!
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  • Queen's MomQueen's Mom 2161 replies37 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    switters, I think Towson is definitely a safety given the stats in rockvillemom's OP. Her son has an unweighted 3.5. That's pretty good for Towson.
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  • CountingDownCountingDown 13431 replies110 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Switters -- from a post I made upthread ---
    Towson's 75th %tile SAT is a 1750 and a 21-24 ACT. It would be a fairly likely admit for rockvillemom's S, quite possibly with merit if he has a few APs. We know students in our neighborhood who have been admitted with scores in the 1500s and a lower GPA.

    31% of admits had a GPA between 3.24 and 3.49. (All of these stats are from College Board.)
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  • JHSJHS 18401 replies72 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Re Ursinus in particular and this whole topic in general: [url] http://www.rrc.edu/site/apps/nlnet/content.aspx?c=iqLPIWOEKrF&b=2144877&ct=3042231[/url]
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  • BrooklynborndadBrooklynborndad 2209 replies54 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Its always nice to get a Reconstructionist approach :)
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  • roshkeroshke 3089 replies36 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    ****** Please disregard my comment about Elon and Charleston in my Post 111. That's what happens when you are multitasking with more than one screen up at a time. I misread the scattergram - those were early action acceptances, not deferrals. SORRY!
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  • crestercrester 178 replies19 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @ roshke: Its Shabbat. Forgiven and understood!
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  • Sop14's MomSop14's Mom 776 replies16 threadsRegistered User Member
    Viz the under 10% question (or, another explanation of "the code"): OP probably wants a school that doesn't serve bagels on Pesach because the calendar said it was a Jewish holiday and bagels are a "Jewish" food.
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  • BrooklynborndadBrooklynborndad 2209 replies54 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    that happened to me "bagels on pesach" at a school that would REALLY surprise you. PM me if you are curious.
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  • mythmommythmom 8292 replies13 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I suggest Skidmore which is looking for schools and does have a business major. Maybe upstate NY is too far away.
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  • rockvillemomrockvillemom 6941 replies183 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Thank you to those who have suggested test prep. I'm actually not a big believer in that - I know it works for some - but I also think it doesn't work for just as many and just wastes money. S1 did not do any paid test prep - just did a practice test from the $20 book and did extremely well. So, plan is to have S2 do some practice tests and studying test taking tips over the summer and take the September ACT. If scores are decent - maybe he'll try a second time in the spring and see how it goes. Of course, if scores are horrendous I may have to rethink it - but that's why he's going to take it so early - gives us plenty of time to adjust the plan if need be.

    I know I have mentioned a business major a few times - but S2 is not completely sold on that idea - so I really don't want to look at schools like Babson that focus so heavily on business. Truth is he is 15 and has no idea what he wants to do. He knows he doesn't want to major in math, science, English, history or foreign language - get the idea - it's finding what he wants to do that is the challenge. So far the only idea that elicits a maybe from him is business, so I always check to make sure any colleges we consider have business or management, etc. DH and I were both business majors and S1 is heading that way as well, so I guess it is something we are comfortable with - but who knows - S2 could completely surprise us.
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  • mythmommythmom 8292 replies13 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Well, Skidmore is basically a liberal arts college even though it offers business. It's one of the few that does.
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  • BrooklynborndadBrooklynborndad 2209 replies54 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Lehigh too. Though it might be reachy.
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  • SDonCCSDonCC 2324 replies49 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I'll bet the schools that have bagels on Pesach also serve breakfast in bed on Yom Kippur!
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  • lamerelamere 40 replies8 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    This is a great thread, even if one is not looking for Jewish life per se, which was so wonderfully described by SlitheyTove in reply to the poster who thought it was "code." The fact that these schools have "Jewish life" will mean that my Asian son who goes to a very diverse school would be more likely to feel more comfortable on these campuses than on campuses that are mostly conservative Christian.

    We live in Chicago, and two students I know who were active in the synagogues, youth groups, etc. on Chicago's north shore (northern suburbs) attend the University of Puget Sound. I don't know anything other than this except that I see the mom of one of the kids fairly often and she says he "loves it."

    Furthermore, I wouldn't worry about your pronouns too much. We all parent differently, and all kids are different. Your approach sounds perfectly reasonable, but even if you were taking a more active role than other parents on this board, you have every right to do so. Not all kids have the same capacity to do this kind of research, and with what colleges cost these days, being a very involved parent is often a necessity.
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  • 2boysima2boysima 1737 replies57 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Serving bagels as "Jewish" food on Pesah = all the stores that advertise Matzoh for Rosh Hashana, Hanukah, Purim etc!

    Sorry to sidetrack this very interesting thread!
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  • crestercrester 178 replies19 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    *snort*

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  • jym626jym626 55532 replies2895 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Thats funny, crestor!
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  • CountingDownCountingDown 13431 replies110 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    The big (formerly locally-owned) grocery chain in our area had a sale one autumn for "All Your Favorite Yom Kippur Foods!" The owner, who had donated much of his fortune to Jewish charities, must have been spinning in his grave.

    When I was in HS, Augusta, Georgia was considered Catholic mission territory -- less than 2% Catholic. The Diocese of Savannah had immigrant Irish priests driving all over central and south Georgia saying Mass on weekends (and they came to substitute at my parents' church. I converted to Judaism as a young adult.) Wanting to know what colleges in the deep south had Neumann Centers was just as relevant a question as wanting to know about Hillel.
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