Hi everyone, I’m sorry this is long. But I’m really hoping for feedback as I’m honestly starting to freak out. I didn’t attend college in the States the traditional way (international student, third-party scholarship, long story) so my experience with college admissions for my 2022 HS SR daughter was well-intentioned but perhaps not informed?
She’s now been deferred at the two reach EA schools where we thought she had the best choice for admission, and I’m wondering if I screwed everything up.
Does she have any chance of getting into even one of her remaining schools? Should I ask her to take ACT/retake SAT/write letters of continued interest, etc. to avoid striking out? Ahhhhh…….
Demographics : Texas girl who desperately wants to leave the South for college, non-minority but a first-generation American (child of immigrants who came here with nothing and succeeded). Attends a very competitive public school that places a lot of kids into prestigious colleges.
Major : Psych/Early Childhood Development, she has 5+ years of experience working with young kids and a strong explanation of what she wants to study/do.
- 1470 SAT composite (740 verbal/ 730 math)
- 4.0 UW GPA, 4.075/4.3 weighed
- 10 APs, including AP Physics, AP English, several years of AP French, AP Enviro, etc. All 4s and one or two 5s on exams
ECs/Leadership: Varsity Track all 4 years (possible D3 walk-on, but not sure, season starting soon); Track Senior Captain; President of Psych Club, NHS, French Club, Performance Choir for 6 years/Choir Exec Board. Works 20 hrs/wk coaching a sport to young kids – got hired at barely 15 and since promoted from assistant to running her own classes and training others. Lots of Girl Scout service hours, including mentoring.
Essays (Good, I think – I liked them and I’m pretty picky, but I just don’t know if they are as “exciting” as they are supposed to be, or what colleges expect to see).
LORs – I’ve seen both of my daughter’s optional rec letters (after applications were done, of course) and they were great – one from a state political figure who’s known her since birth and thinks highly of her, and one from her boss who’s an athlete/child prodigy and talked about how well she’s worked with kids/developed curriculum/etc. Teacher letters should also be strong, but I don’t have any way to know for sure.
Cost Constraints / Budget – self-pay, can afford to pay as we go for any of the schools on her list, but would be more willing to pay full sticker for certain schools on her list and not others.
Her Schools – all were chosen after A LOT of deliberation based on location, programs she wants to study, track programs/club sport, and (for safeties) likelihood of merit aid.
- UHawaii (accepted, almost no merit money, but just submitted for the big scholarships);
- TCU (accepted, offered second biggest scholarship they have);
- Missouri (accepted, offered decent merit aid);
- UNC-Wilmington (accepted, no merit info yet).
- Trinity University (accepted, offered a very large scholarship and invited to interview for full tuition honors);
- Michigan (EA) – (well, we thought this was a target based on their published stats, but she just got “postponed/deferred” today, so I guess not);
- Chicago (EA) (deferred to RD);
- UVA (EA);
- Middlebury College;
Problem with the list (and I mentioned it to the kid before) is that she has a lot of reaches, not a lot of targets, and most of her safeties are schools she doesn’t actually want to end up attending. I had such high hopes for Michigan – the psych/child ed program there is EXACTLY what she wants to do, she wrote her heart out about it for her “why U Mich” essay, and her scores are well in their range. Now what?