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Does SUNY Albany send scholarship & Honors College acceptance in a separate letter from acceptance

blueskies3537blueskies3537 12 replies1 threads New Member
My daughter just got her acceptance through the portal at 4:35 this afternoon. There is no mention of if she received a scholarship, merit aid or if she was accepted into the Honors College. She certainly has the grades for a scholarship so I am concerned that nothing was mentioned in her acceptance letter. This is kind of a safety school, so if she wasn't offered a scholarship here I am going to start getting nervous about scholarships or acceptances to other schools like SUNY Stonybrook or Binghamton. Maybe this information comes later?
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  • colparent88colparent88 7 replies0 threads New Member
    We received an email today letting us know that merit scholarships and honors college awards would start being made late December/January. Son accepted EA last week. Same boat as you!
    94 gpa
    1430 SAT
    A few honors/AP courses
    Good ECs
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  • AJSHuntingtonAJSHuntington 1 replies0 threads New Member
    same story wondering why because our daughter has great quals and accepted today with no mention of scholarships or honors programs.
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  • JanbsilJanbsil 20 replies4 threads Junior Member
    edited December 2019
    Will they say even if you don't get one? Does anyone know how we will be informed? By email? Portal? Letter?
    edited December 2019
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  • UNYMomUNYMom 123 replies4 threads Junior Member
    My son received a letter in the mail about a scholarship this week. I didn't see anything in the portal, though.
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  • brinuge16brinuge16 28 replies21 threads Junior Member
    edited January 20
    Hi everyone, SUNY Albany freshman honors student here!

    This year (Class of 2024) is only the second year they have done the Presidential Scholarship for honors students. If your children get it, good job! It is prestigious and shows that they worked hard in high school. My award letter automatically told me that I got it (I got my award letter through the portal), but like I said, it is only the 2nd year they have done such a thing so they may be ironing out the kinks a bit. Just so you know, it does NOT go towards tuition. It goes towards room and board, books, etc. If your children are excelsior scholarship recipients, this is a good thing, as it saves you 4,500 (at least mine does) a year for their room and board, which is where the university makes you pay the most money. I have a friend currently in high school who is coming here in the fall who told me that her scholarship letter came days after her acceptance. I don't know what they are doing for others.

    As for the acceptance into the honors college, your children, if they want to get in, will be given an essay prompt. I am not sure exactly when this will be for you, but mine came around March. They can also apply if they don't automatically get in. I do want to stress to you that the honors college isn't always a great fit for everyone. The first 2 years you take 18 credits (6 classes) of "honors classes". Yes, these are smaller, but in my experience (I took 3 last semester), they are not "more challenging" or "harder" than other courses throughout the university. You can find small classes in the university, you just have to know where to find them. All of my classes last semester were under 50 people, including non honors classes. They also offer the same exact classes through the university for the most part, at different times, which will probably be exactly the same and with the same professor. The only classes that are not offered are the "seminars", which are actually very interesting topics. I am taking one on serial killers in Spring 2020. But these are 1 credit, so ultimately do not affect your child's credit count or GPA very much. After you get 18 credits of honors classes (some are gen ed, some are not), you have to start preparing for an honors thesis. This is the point where a LOT of people drop out of the honors college. (Look at their Facebook page, you'll see how many graduate in a semester versus the 150 that come in as freshmen). It's a lot of work, and if your child is doing a major such as business (as I am), it may seem fruitless to pursue research. It also may interact with your child's schedule, based on what program they are in. Personally, I am forced to leave the honors college this fall, as I am pursuing 2 majors and a minor, something which requires planning and specific classes to take. If they were to do what I am doing (Double majoring and a minor. I am majoring in Business and Medieval studies, with a minor in history. Weird combo, I know), or even something generally where they do not have time for something like that, then there is no point in joining. Also, I have been told this by EVERYONE: employers care more about your GPA then an "honors notation" on your transcript (is what you ultimately get from the honors college). If your child does not have a passion for researching in their field, I would suggest they seriously consider the commitment it takes. There also is a lot of cliqueyness in the honors college, as I have seen. And, they tell you this, but its not true: the dorms are NOT better. Actually, they are pretty bad. Your child is better off on Indian Quad, the dorms there are much nicer. A lot of people view themselves as "superior", especially the freshmen. It is something I personally do not like or agree with. If your child does not feel this way, or does not like "drama" or conflict, then maybe think of something else.

    Ultimately, the choice is you and your child's. I am just here to give you what I know and have seen. I hope this helps!
    edited January 20
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  • UNYMomUNYMom 123 replies4 threads Junior Member
    Thank you, this is helpful.

    Son recently received an email about the Honors College essays, and this year they are due Feb 1, so not much time!

    My husband taught at UA for some time, and said he didn't notice any difference between Honors and regular, which you seem to have confirmed. Unfortunately, husband feels the classes at UA in general are too easy compared to other colleges, so if the Honors classes are not different, not sure if this will sway his opinion about son attending the school. I know you haven't been elsewhere, but do you have a sense of the depth of your classwork compared to peers at, say, Binghamton or Stony Brook?

    Also, thanks for the info about the scholarship. Son was thinking of living at home, so will have to look at what the scholarship covers and if it will be reduced if he chooses to live at home.

    Sounds like Honors College is a good experience if you are thinking of grad school or have a more academic major. If in a more professional major, like Business, it is likely not worth the work for the thesis.

    Having hired many people, in all honesty, I would say that your GPA doesn't make much difference either, except in civil service. Having the skills needed, being flexible, reliable, and able to communicate are most important.
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