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Boarding School acceptance rates for incoming 10th grader?

tiffy1010tiffy1010 5 replies1 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 6 New Member
I'm planning on applying to a few boarding schools like Andover, Exeter, Choate, Loomis, etc as an incoming 10th grader. Does this and needing financial aid lower my chances significantly?
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  • gardenstategalgardenstategal 5393 replies10 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 5,403 Senior Member
    Many schools accept quite a few new 10th graders, and most students apply to BS starting in 9th. The acceptance rates will depend on the school and the applicant pool. Needing FA can indeed make it harder, but most schools also want some SES diversity, so it really depends on what the pool youare in looks like.. This is all to say that it's impossible to know how hard it's going to be to get accepted. If you are open to repeating 9th, you can tell them you're flexible. But no, you aren't putting yourself into an impossible position by applying for 10th and needing FA.
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  • YoungThriverYoungThriver 464 replies45 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 509 Member
    Incoming new 10th grader at Andover here!

    From my experience, requiring significant fin-aid did not award me any disadvantages when it came to applying to Exeter and Andover. As a matter of fact, I gain acceptances to both schools with full grants.

    You will not be at a disadvantage for requiring aid when applying to those schools. Andover’s need-blind and Exeter’s practically the same. The true disadvantage when requiring fin-aid here is filling out all of those forms...

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  • tiffy1010tiffy1010 5 replies1 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 6 New Member
    I'm chinese lol. That probably makes it quite a bit harder right?
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  • tiffy1010tiffy1010 5 replies1 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 6 New Member
    Hey YoungThriver, if you don't mind, can you give a bit of a background about yourself?
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  • confusedaboutFAconfusedaboutFA 19 replies8 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 27 Junior Member
    At Lawrenceville it was 22.48% for 2017-2018 and 28% for 2018-2019. The 2019-2020 numbers aren’t out yet, so I can’t comment on them, but both years they’ve been above the average rate.
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  • ParentMom4ParentMom4 13 replies3 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 16 Junior Member
    Good luck! Sounds like a lot of great options.
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  • sparkatzzsparkatzz 193 replies2 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 195 Junior Member
    Are you applying as an international student? That can make it harder for the financial aid part (plus ORM, unless you are recruited?), so you might want to cast a wide net.
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  • tiffy1010tiffy1010 5 replies1 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 6 New Member
    I'm actually applying as a domestic student but I don't have citizenship, just permanent resident.
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  • Happytimes2001Happytimes2001 1260 replies10 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,270 Senior Member
    Yes, being a 10 Th grader and needing aid will make it much harder. Adding in OM makes it that much more difficult. That doesn't mean you should not apply. But think about broadening your school list. There are more than 2 BS in America :wink: Also if you are coming from a less common geographic area, that can help too.
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  • YoungThriverYoungThriver 464 replies45 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 509 Member
    @tiffy1010 You can read a bit more about me on the 2k19 Decision thread. It’ll probably have everything you want to know.

    Also, as a green card-holder (I’m one too, btw), you’re considered a domestic applicant so, you shouldn’t be worried about being disadvantaged for requiring aid (at Andover & Exeter).

    You can research both school’s need-blind history online.

    Just for clarification purposes, you’re going into the 9th grade and will be applying for 10th, right?
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  • tiffy1010tiffy1010 5 replies1 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 6 New Member
    @YoungThriver Can you link the decision thread?
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  • tiffy1010tiffy1010 5 replies1 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 6 New Member
    I come from California 😥.
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