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BS Class of 2018 Thread

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Replies to: BS Class of 2018 Thread

  • GMC2918GMC2918 Registered User Posts: 912 Member
    That does sound promising @Momto4kids ! Fingers crossed for you... @NYCMomof3 those are great results!!! I'm happy for your daughter.

    My daughter didn't apply anywhere early because she wanted to focus on her far reach: an international dual-degree program that doesn't have an EA/ED option. It is offered through two schools, and she applied to both. There is an interview "round", and she finds out if she's invited to interview later this month. Not applying early requires casting a wide net, so she applied to 12 other schools and is almost finished, she has two more to submit today.

    The wildfires in December and now these horrible mudslides have made this winter all the more surreal for her. At first, I was angry that she didn't get at least a couple of EA or rolling apps in sooner in the Fall. But now, all of these essays have been a good distraction. I didn't think that I'd see anything worse than those wildfires, but this past week at Cate has been sobering.
  • sunnyschoolsunnyschool Registered User Posts: 892 Member
    @GMC2918 Did the mudslides affect Cate?
  • NYCMomof3NYCMomof3 Registered User Posts: 490 Member
    @GMC2918 thank you.

    I do hope you're daughter receives good news soon about the interviews.

    It's been so devastating to see what's been happening with the fires and now the mud slides. The people in California have my had to deal with so much. How much more can they take? I pray this ends soon.

    As for disasters, there are still a ton of people in PR (half the island) that don't have electricity. Thankfully, my family got their lights back on at day 60.

    I can only hope that this will be the last thing California has to deal with for a very long time.

    Fingers crossed for your daughter's results!!! I hope she gets in to her dream school.
  • vegas1vegas1 Registered User Posts: 382 Member
    Son is still waiting on 1 EA decision. He also submitted 4 RD applications. For the 2 schools that he was deferred from for EA - he is working on showing interest to one. We see now, that it was a big mistake not showing more interest early. The other he realized he is not especially interested in attending.

    The instate school he was accepted to is a solid choice, so it was hard to consider adding many more schools to the list. All options we considered seemed to be on the same level - but much more expensive. As we will have 3 in college next year ( and one still in PEA) this issue has moved up in importance!
  • twinsmamatwinsmama Registered User Posts: 1,441 Senior Member
    My daughter applied to 16 schools!!! Even she finally admitted it was a bit much. What was really a bit much was my credit card bill after all the application fees and test reporting fees and CSS Profile fees and artistic supplement submission fees. Ouch. Good luck to everyone's kids!
  • chemmchimneychemmchimney Registered User Posts: 660 Member
    Are BSs giving any indication if this is expected to be a tough year for college admissions or on par with previous years? Heading to Chimneykid 2.0s first college counseling event in early Feb and curious what parents have been told? I know from my college sophomore that her special program at her southern university (ranked in top 25 by US News) had applicants increase by over 40% for the 2nd year in a row, dropping its admit rate below the university proper’s for the first time. Applications across the board were up as well but not by a crazy amount.
  • hellomaisyhellomaisy Registered User Posts: 147 Junior Member
    DS was rejected at his ED school, deferred at 2 EA schools, and waitlisted at another EA school. Every single one stated that this was a record year for ED/EA applications. Not sure if that's true, but that's what they are all telling him...just thousands more applications early than ever before. He's dispirited, to say the least.
  • twinsmamatwinsmama Registered User Posts: 1,441 Senior Member
    edited January 16
    Kids were being told they had to do ED/EA/SCEA for the advantage. If everyone is being told to apply early, a big chunk of the advantage goes away. I would like to see the whole early round go away. I see how it benefits colleges, but it is way too hard on most applicants and adds unnecessary time and complexity to the process.
  • SevenDadSevenDad Registered User Posts: 4,135 Senior Member
    @GMC2918: That makes a lot of sense to me. While I know that ED admit rates are better than the RD round, ED is getting extremely competitive at the more selective schools.

    A non-sequitur but related point (that I may have already made) is how different the "to consider/to apply" pool is once you leave the BS side of the forum.

  • gardenstategalgardenstategal Registered User Posts: 3,961 Senior Member
    But @SevenDad , it's not really clear that ED rates are meaningfully better after you adjust for athletic recruits and legacies given that the rest of the ED pool tends, on the whole, to be somewhat stronger than the RD one because while some may reach, few want to just take a flyer. There is some advantage, probably, in part because if you are the first cello playing boy from Kansas applying who is qualified and they accept you ED, the second male cellist from Kansas may not be so lucky.

    So I think @GMC2918 's guidance is aligned with that. Of course, the downside is that when it works, there may be some "should I have shot higher?" second-guessing.

    I don't think ED at very selective schools is particularly fruitful for the "average excellent " kid without a hook, though.
  • twinsmamatwinsmama Registered User Posts: 1,441 Senior Member
    I think they are just cherry-picking in the early round. FWIW, my kids used their early option at the one school where they do have a hook. Sigh.
  • SevenDadSevenDad Registered User Posts: 4,135 Senior Member
    @gardenstategal: I recall reading about one selective school's ED/EA round and the non-hooked (athlete, etc.) admit rate was still a multiple of the RD round. I think for many of the most selective schools the actual RD rate (and not the average of the EA/ED and RD) is in the low single digits.
  • preppedparentpreppedparent Registered User Posts: 3,188 Senior Member
    It's so hard on students who see their peers get in ED to an ivy or other elite college, when they don't get into their top choice. They constantly wonder, "What's wrong with me?" When in truth, the answer is "nothing." Elite colleges just can't take all great students, not enough spaces. And yet those students submitted just as compelling apps--some might argue no, but I've seen it with two boarding school classes up close and personal-like. It's hard waiting those 3 extra months that seem like eternity, but in the end, great students are always presented with a few great options. Good Luck students and parents of BS Class of 2018. It will all be okay. Believe in your students and let them know how wonderful they really are. If they haven't gotten in to a school yet, they really need to hear that they are just as good as those who have!
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