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BS Class of 2017 Thread

cameo43cameo43 Registered User Posts: 1,494 Senior Member
OK, 2017 parents... here we go! The 2016 kids are getting their ED results and that means that our kids are beginning the process of researching, visiting and crafting their lists. Let's share useful intel, cheer one another on and console one another here! I don't know about the rest of you, but I already have knots in my stomach about the college process and I can't believe our BS journey is moving along so quickly...

Replies to: BS Class of 2017 Thread

  • MA2012MA2012 Registered User Posts: 1,211 Senior Member
    I'm not sure if I'm ready for this. Didn't we just drop them off for 9th grade :).
  • MA2012MA2012 Registered User Posts: 1,211 Senior Member
    We were initially told we'd get Naviance access in December but now it will be January. Probably when PSAT scores come out.
  • london203london203 Registered User Posts: 1,376 Senior Member
    Overwhelming to think about! Am glad the school and the kids handle most of it.... not that my kid would let me help...
  • ChoatieMomChoatieMom Registered User Posts: 4,924 Senior Member
    Me and @gusmom2000 are here with the bourbon if you need us.
  • gusmom2000gusmom2000 Registered User Posts: 256 Junior Member
  • fullmetalanorakfullmetalanorak Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    I'm so glad this process is over for my family. My son has been offered a place at Eton for the fall of 2018. He can now focus on being a kid --keeping up with his studies, of course-- while preparing for the CE exam in the spring of 2018.
  • i70sbandi70sband Registered User Posts: 155 Junior Member
    Yes, good luck to all Class of 2017 students/parents. It's inconceivable that this journey is entering the final mile. After Christmas break, DS will begin regular meetings with his EHS college counselor. The CC office has done a fine job in advertising their upcoming 2016 CC schedule and gave us access to Naviance.

    DS has already taken the SAT and will take one more time in January 2016 (the last time the old SAT is offered) and then the ACT in April. Since his first choice school is one of the service academies (USNA, USMA, USAFA) and congressional nomination applications are due by October 2016, completion of standardized testing is accelerated. Further since service academy applications are accepted on a rolling basis, it is preferred to submit as early as possible. Summer will be spent completing six applications; one to each senator, one to his district representative, and one to each academy. Once these applications are complete, he will then focus on non-academy applications. It will be interesting to see how he handles the EA/ED decision for the other schools.

    Although EHS CC will help guide DS in the process, he will need to self-manage some of the service academy application items; Blue/Gold officer interviews, candidate fitness test and medical exam, as well as the all important congressional nomination. DW and I plan to sit back and let EHS and DS manage this process.

    Question - while we have visited some schools, how do you find the time to visit all of the other schools on the list, which incidentally are scattered throughout the US? It appears about 1/2 of his upcoming summer will be committed to various school trips, vacation, work, etc. and thus time will be scarce to travel the XYZ schools.
  • london203london203 Registered User Posts: 1,376 Senior Member
    We have also been trying to figure out how to see a bunch of schools this summer without spending weeks driving! Of course none of them are near each other......
  • ChoatieMomChoatieMom Registered User Posts: 4,924 Senior Member
    ...thus time will be scarce to travel the XYZ schools.

    They're "XYZ" schools, @i70sband, -- you don't have to visit them. ;) I suspect your son has already visited the academies and those are where his heart is. If he's anything like my son, the XYZ schools were just a place to cool his heels until he could re-apply if he didn't get an appointment last year. His only criteria for those schools was "strong engineering plus on-campus (N)ROTC." No visits; websites were more than adequate for him. YMMV of course.
  • MA2012MA2012 Registered User Posts: 1,211 Senior Member
    We are not going to visit all schools that might be on DS list. We will visit a few in March. And try to hit a variety of urban/suburban/rural to get a feel for type of school. He is considering some schools in CA (other coast) but we don't have plans to travel there at this time.
  • Charger78Charger78 Registered User Posts: 711 Member
    edited December 2015
    A data point (yes, "a", of the very limited kind) that we will keep in mind when the Class of '17 search kicks into a higher gear and we do any planning for the summer. Our college counselor estimated as follows on the nine chosen by son for his final '16 list: two far reaches, two reaches, two possibles, and three likelies. He saw all of them except the one on the left/other coast. I myself figured that, in April, son would have been looking at, hopefully, four to seven choices. There could have been great variation in the combination of names that those choices might have become; and the results could have yielded only two or three on a truly bad day. Son resisted parental suggestions he might round it up to ten as the sheer amount of work to apply became evident. BS friends were staying up far later than son, who tries to be asleep before midnight.

    A positive ED result came from one of the reaches, to which son had made two visits, the second in October for a class observation and lunch with a student. He came away with a clear sense of "fit"; which might not have worked for me if I were in his place, but I'm not. People can differ reasonably on the value of an overnight stay in dorm. As well, I'd say, disagree on the relative merits of a physical tour versus an online examination of the website. It's the lucky kid who can find a terrific fit for them and have the school agree back with an ED or EA admit. ~O)
  • i70sbandi70sband Registered User Posts: 155 Junior Member
    Thanks @ChoatieMom. Perfect, you assessed DS's objective exactly. If he is not accepted, XYZ school will be a placeholder and he will likely re-apply. I say likely since there are a couple of "strong engineering plus on-campus (N)ROTC" schools that if he were accepted would give him pause (MIT and GTech). With that said, as of today he seems built more for academy vs. normal college life. I'll suggest utilizing the school sites to narrow his list and visit if seriously warranted.

    @Charger78 thanks for the data point. How does a far reach differ from a regular reach?
  • patronyorkpatronyork Registered User Posts: 439 Member
    Another parent of the class of '17 here.

    Can't believe DS is becoming a senior next year. Hope the process goes smoothly...
  • Charger78Charger78 Registered User Posts: 711 Member
    The two far reach schools have either a single-digit RD admit rate, or one in the lower teens but with about 40k applicants. Our successful reach school has an admit rate in the higher teens with almost 20k applications, though the ED admit rate is more forgiving, at 29% last year. (ED is trickier at smaller LAC-type schools because of how many athletic recruits get funneled through at that time; often, athletes are about 20-25% of the entire freshman class at these schools.)
  • skieuropeskieurope Super Moderator Posts: 39,579 Super Moderator
    Good advice from @ChoatieMom as always. :)
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