Hi all, I’ve been lurking on CC for a while now and I’m very thankful for all the advice provided by everyone here. It certainly makes the college admission process much easier.
DS is a rising senior and plays a non-mainstream sport that he’s SUPER passionate about. He’s not at the top of his recruiting class, but I’d say he’s within top 15 in his class and has garnered some interest from coaches (both D1 and D3 programs). He wants to go to a program that has a strong academic reputation but he doesn’t want to go to a LAC or has written off some programs if he can’t see himself fitting in with their roster (due to culture or opportunity).
He has honed in on a highly ranked academic school (D3). The school has a strong STEM focus but he’s more interested in social science.
Anyway, the coach seems to be very supportive and we have a feeling we would be either his 1st or 2nd choice. However, we got the bad news last night as the preread put him in the bottom tier and the coach said he can’t support him. He wished him luck if he applied on his own and said a spot will be there if he got in on his own.
Here’s his brief stats. He has a mixture of Honors/AP classes with an 3.65 UW and 4.4 W GPA from one of the most competitive public schools in the state. His grades are trending up, however. He had all A’s with one A- this year but he slipped up a couple times in the past particularly with a C+ in honors Math last year. Long story, but it was a huge lesson learned for him.
He took his first ACT in February and scored a 31. He’s been studying hard except there’s no way to be tested right now.
He has other EC. For example, he will start working at a healthcare software startup as a summer intern next week. He also started a GFM campaign at the beginning of the lockdown to raise money and supplied PPE to local hospitals.
I have the following questions and I’m hoping I could tap into the collective wisdom here.
First, I think he will will still apply to this school for ED. I think we all know it’s a long shot based on grades alone, but I’m curious if there’s anyway to boost his chance especially if he could show his passion and grit.
- Can the preread change if we could provide additional stats (e.g. Senior term 1 GPA, improved ACT score)?
- We understand his academic is below the school average. However, given this school takes a holistic admission approach, will recommendations and essay make enough of a difference? We are certain he will get great recommendations from his teachers and guidance counselor as he's close to them and participated well in class. I didn't say this because he's my DS, but I truly admire his character and integrity. I often wonder what I did to deserve having a kid like this. I'm certain he would do well wherever but I truly want to help him to get to where he wants the most.
- When it comes to additional recommendations, is it a good idea to ask a parent (that knows him well) or his coach to write him one? He's a good teammate and a savant when it comes to the sport and has coached many of his teammates to achieve great results.
- We have responded to the coach's email and we're asking for a Zoom call to see if we could get any additional insight. This school's admission office also has a regional liaison for our state and we're considering reaching out to him and ask for a call to understand more on the holistic admission process. Is that a good idea?
His other option is a D1 program. It’s a top 30 ranked academic school. The coaching staff seem to love him. However, they told him they feel that he could get in on his own without their help and they’d rather save the finite number of spots on areas of need and for students with lessor academic achievements. They do EA, so he’ll apply anyway.
Anyway, this is all I can think of. Any insight is very much appreciated.