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gclsports Junior Member

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  • Re: Honors College Question

    S used the USC application, and it told him at the time of the application that he could apply for Honors College. He listed the email addresses of his recommenders at that time. Then USC sent the recommenders emails and they submitted the LOR directly to USC. I'll bet there is some way for your daughter to do the same thing through the portal for the Honors College application.

    Hopefully your daughter got an extension of the deadline for applying to Honors College. Those essays were a bear, and I can't imagine anyone doing them in one day. Good luck with the Honors College application!
  • Re: Parents of the HS Class of 2018

    Thanks @labegg. They sent it by mail and apparently don't post it in the portal. S is very excited.
  • Re: Belk Scholarship and other merit aid

    @homerdog My son spoke with his GC back in late August or early September and asked her to nominate him. She did, and he quickly (within a matter of days) received a confirmation from Davidson that he had been nominated. I don't know if there was any deadline for being nominated or not, but the deadline to apply for admission to Davidson if you want to be considered for Belk is 12/1. There isn't a separate Belk app, so once you're nominated for the scholarship, you just apply for admission.
  • Re: Parents of the HS Class of 2018

    @momma2018 and @mpt3d When S submitted the EAs that had no supplemental essays, he also submitted the RDs that had no supplemental essays. Part of the thinking was that submitting so early would show interest. But, part of it was to get access to the topics for the merit-based scholarships, which we hadn't been able to find up to that point. Naturally, we found a way to get those topics without applying, but only after S submitted the RD apps. The downside for S of submitting so early is that his CA essay was about a struggle he was in the middle of experiencing and how he was working to overcome it. The struggle is now over and he has a different perspective on it, and he thinks the new perspective would make for a better CA essay. (He changed it for the 3 he just submitted the other day, and I did think the new essay was better.) Plus, there are new awards to report and now he has to balance whether the awards are a big enough deal to bother the admissions counselors in the middle of app season by emailing to report them.
  • Re: Parents of the HS Class of 2018

    @newenglandjane It's more of an art than a science, and different people might have somewhat different ideas about what constitutes a reach, match or safety.

    Our family figures a reach is any school where S's stats are in lower part of the middle 50%, or school has low admit rate (no matter where S's stats fall compared to others).

    We figure match is a school where S is in upper part of the school's middle 50% in terms of stats and the school has a 30 to 50% admit rate.

    We figure a safety is a school we can afford without aid that has an admit rate higher than 50% and S's stats put him in top 25% of students.

    We use the school's Common Data Set for source of gauging stats. We also look at Common Data Set to see what other criteria the school may use in admissions decisions to get a better feel for S's likely chances. With some schools, you also have to be aware of peculiarities that Common Data Set might not reflect, such as UNC Chapel Hill has limit on number of OOS students it can accept and is therefore much more selective when it comes to such students than it does for NC residents, which makes it a reach (at least in my estimation) for anyone who isn't a NC resident.

    But there's no way to be precise. To some extent, the whole thing is pretty much a crapshoot.