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Midwestmomofboys Senior Member

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  • Re: Denison Regular Decision 2022

    Current Denison parent, happy to help with questions!
  • Re: Ohio LAC Wooster, Denison Are expectations too high?

    Just adding, admissions at Denison has changed in the last 5 years -- over 8000 applications this year. Last year's acceptance rate was 37%; middle 50% of ACT scores for HS class of '16 was 28-32, and for HS class of '17, it was 27-32.

    That being said, it is test optional and gives merit awards to test optional applicants. It does not have EA, only ED1 and 2 and RD.

    An EA acceptance from Wooster, Earlham, Beloit or Lawrence etc. can go a long way to reduce the nervousness of the spring of senior year. Wooster's online merit award predictor actually gets reviewed by people, with a letter going out several weeks later -- I had assumed it was just an online form with an instant answer. My kid's EA merit at Wooster was higher than predicted.
  • Re: How do you "package" a kid?

    Packaging, to me, is about finding the common links across a student's high school record/activities, to tell a coherent story about who they are and what do they bring to a campus. For my LAC kid, we knew that many schools he was interested in valued diversity. Well, as another upper middle class white male, he was not adding a lot there. BUT -- he could tell a story, in his essay and in the way he framed his experiences for his recommenders - about how he could contribute in a positive way to a campus which valued diversity. So, we reverse engineered his essay -- what did he want to convey about himself, and what he would contribute to campus -- and then brainstormed how he could tell that story in a funny, engaging way. Similarly, he emphasized to his teachers and guidance counselors, in his "brag sheets" what he could contribute. We didn't impose a false narrative -- we looked at what his actual strengths were, and talked about how to communicate that, consistently.

    I suggest being thoughtful about what the schools' identified themes/priorities -- what do they emphasize in their mailings, website etc? And think about how your student could contribute to that community.
  • Re: What's the silliest thing that made you miss your college kid?

    @massmom -- yes, we had to updgrade our snowblower after last kid went to college, no way we could do it as 50-60 somethings with that small machine they used for years!
  • Re: Ohio LAC Wooster, Denison Are expectations too high?

    First -- welcome! Second -- breathe. Denison is test optional, and gives merit awards to test optional kids. Wooster requires scores, but my kid who turned out to be a miserable standardized test taker submitted his scores to Wooster and still got substantial merit award. The beauty of holistic admissions is that it really is holistic -- the whole kid. I think the fact that my kid's portfolio told a story -- from his essay to his recs -- about what kind of kid he was (not at the front of the pack, but a kind, thoughtful person who got along well with all kinds of people) helped with merit. So, for a student who is genuine, and makes the effort to connect, and understand the culture of a school, there are wonderful options. You might also take a look at Earlham, test optional, and just across the Ohio/Indiana border.