Search2022, my son was accepted to UofM Ann Arbor’s Summer STEM program last summer, but it was cancelled due to COVID, and this Summer they are only doing virtual. We only learned about RHIT’s Catapult program a couple weeks before their application deadline, so I am glad my son was able to slide in. We are already planning a visit to Purdue on our way home from RHIT this Summer. This is a crazy Spring for our son with a heavy course-load, ACTs, SATs and three AP tests, so we are not visiting any colleges until after the school year is over.
CMU would be a reach for my son, but depending on his SAT/ACT scores he might have a shot. I am an alum, so that might help, but better that he be admitted on his merits. Our thoughts are that it would be better for our son to attend a school where he is in the top quartile of incoming freshman academically, than in the bottom quartile. I think fit is more important than ranking, and from what we have learned so far, our son would do better at RHIT than at a state school with class sizes in the hundreds or one where he is just a number.