Excellent! Will do, thanks!
Even with in-state discount + $2K/yr, UofSC COA is still 10K-15K higher than our in-state UMD. Our daughter will commit to UMD and withdraw UofSC admission along with the other 5 schools she got accepted to.
Thank you everyone who provided help and suggestion during the admission process and good luck to to those who ae still waiting for admission.
Congrats - UMD is wonderful. We got in, no $$, so it’s far higher than U of SC. and we never visited. Ultimately, my daughter is headed to Charleston, which costs more than U of SC with Honors and Superlative - but for her, taking pedigree aside, she just felt most comfortable there. UMD would be $53K or so, U of SC $28K or so, and Charleston about $34K or so.
It’s winding down. I’d have loved to visit UMD but with no aid it made it tough. She wants to work in govt and American was her top choice (costs more than UMD, even with merit) so UMD with the subway into DC would have been a nice alternative.
Wonderful school - congrats on being a Terp.
Thank you and congrats of your daughter acceptance to several good colleges and I think C of C is good choice as long as she is comfortable there.
When my daughter applied to colleges, she applied to mostly nearby public schools with the hope of finding a school that is cheaper than UMD and we failed miserably.
Did your daughter apply to GWU ? it’s private but they do give out some merits to bring cost down a bit.
We did a weekend trip and did tours of the three main schools. We should have researched in advance but Gtown offers no merit - and I knew I’d get no aid. So that was out. $80K a year - not worth it for me. We did Gtown in the AM. Walked to GW. My daughter HATED it. I was surprised because initially NYU was on her list and there is similarity. But it was not for her. What really threw her is they have no dining halls - you only eat at restaurants. That’s nuts!!
Then we had a day off and hung in DC. Had I had to do it again, I’d have made her go see UMD that day. So that was a mistake missing it. Then Monday we did an all day AU event - and it became her top choice. She loved it - I thought it was sort of a dump. They offered $15K. I was disappointed - had they offered $25K I might have stepped up. I really didn’t feel personally it was a great school.
We will save about $95K over AU - so while it might be better for govt, my daughter will find her way. And at Charleston, everything is there. Like GW. At AU, it’s a walk to Tenleytown - young girl, walking maybe alone - not comfortable. Their dorms are gross, they have rats, and serve raw chicken - so comments say. Just justifying to myself for breaking my daughter’s dream But honestly she’s ecstatic with her choice and while it’s lesser pedigree, she’s in Honors and a small cohort within Honors (intl scholar) so hopefully it works out OK.
I’ve read Maryland is really large size wise (not people wise). My daughter is in at UGA Honors which academically would be best. They are strong in her intended major (International Relations) - but the school is enormous and she did not like that. So likely UMD probably would have been out anywhere.
As it turns out, she really chose her best school taking pedigree aside. I suppose more kids should…
I have one twin daughter who has selected UofSC Honors, and the other twin daughter is planning to go to UGA Honors. I sure wish we’d get more money from UGA though, but our requests for more have not been fruitful. We are OOS for both and ironically UofSC was the least expensive for both of my twins even including in-state schools, but unfortunately, they don’t want to go to the same school. They are still on a couple of waitlists including Vanderibilt, and Wash U St Louis, but I don’t anticipate any/enough merit even if one/both would get in.
Which state? We got Classic (1/2 OOS at UGA) - while U of SC is #1, we got rejected at FSU Honors and WL at Pitt Honors. UGA stats for Honors are off the charts - so it’s impressive the kids who get in.
Her issue with UGA is - while it’s really nice - it’s enormous- the Honors dorm is well located though. But for those in most the dorms it’s bus rides.
I don’t think public schools negotiate - and I don’t think Honors and Admissions Scholarships co-mingle. They are decided separately. UGA is hard to get into period - so congrats to your daughter.
We are on Emory WL (turned down W&M Wait List). We are also an alternate for a full tuition scholarship at Washington & Lee (admitted). Outcome wise, they are phenomenal for placing in DC - better than the DC schools - so the main professor there told me. On a per capita basis, he said they only trail…of all schools - Sewanee for placing in DC, etc.
It’s four years - so our kids need to make the right choices for the right reasons as it sounds like yours did. Congrats!!
U of SC is really nice - and more compact. Maybe she can get an RA second year at UGA or be a tour guide (think those pay) - find something to cut the cost.
Sending one kid to college is expensive - two at the same time - yikes!! We have one at Alabama - he’s cheap - about $18-20K a year. Hmmmm…but it’s still $18-$20K a year We talk about this like it’s pennies!!!
My D got waitlist at Georgetown and never applied to GW. Now, I’m struggling to understand why we let daughter applied to Georgetown, Harvard, or JHU, even though the chance of admitting is very low and if even if acceptance, we can’t afford to send her there. My only answer is, we were caught up in the Ivie hype .
If your daughter prefer Charleston over UGA then she probably will not like UMD since it’s big school with lots of students.
It’s just learning - I didn’t know schools did no merit - and then after Gtown, I started looking. So we did a top LAC - but only because it offered merit (W&L). It’s not the right fit - but it’s too cheap “if you win”. Same reason we applied to Rice and Emory. Even if we got in, while we likely wouldn’t go, there was a chance at merit. Rejected Rice, WL at Emory.
My daughter loved UVA - but it’s impossible and a lot of work to get their scholarship.
I could afford whatever school btw (I think) - especially with stocks way up although we didn’t know that then.
It’s more a question of - I don’t want to afford.
I think education is important - but only few will be elite in society and my daughter can get there through hard work and sheer luck. To me, to spend another $40 or $50K a year when most, even elite students, will end up either struggling or middle class…makes no sense. Plus, then there’s grad school potentially.
I look at it like buying a home. We figured out what we missed in our first home and made sure our second home had it.
So if you have another one going, you get another chance to search more strategically
Also, if you got into Harvard or JHU or even Gtown, if nothing else, it’s lifetime bragging rights and a big confidence boost.
Yeah, her hesitation at Charleston is simply the low ACT scores and rank (it’s regional #8) although I find a lot of kids apply to the same cohort of schools.
She loved the GW area - Foggy Bottom - just not GW. She really sparked at C of C. She liked Columbia a lot and will miss football, etc. But it’s funny - she was torn.
But when she told us she decided Charleston, we were like - we know. When she posted on FB, her friends were like - yeah, we know.
Everyone knew but her
The international scholars program she’s in is cool. It also helped the head professor reached out to her multiple times.
But all these programs are fantastic and many successful people will come out of all these schools. Go to know about UMD - that’s my sense - but you never know.
She did like UGA - which is why she applied - but didn’t have a spark. To her, she likes to find the cute college area - and that’s where Urban Outfitters is - she didn’t think it was that nice. Same with FSU which was her 3rd choice. She did like 5 points at Columbia a lot - and the Honors dorm and food are apparently strong… and then Charleston - which to me isn’t all that nice - but the downtown where the school is - is tourist heaven.
I’m going to cut up her credit card now
We are from Ohio… they wanted to get far away from the snow and cold! We got Classic as UGA as well. It’s interesting that only one twin went with us to visit UofSC and only the other twin to UGA… I don’t think they wanted to allow for the possibility that they would both fall in love with the same school since they have said from the beginning that they won’t go to the same school! Unfortunately for us, the one NOT going to UofSC also got a departmental scholarship there so that doesn’t do us any good.
It sounds like you have some great options! And yeah, we do talk about $18-20K like that’s pennies in these scenarios!!!
My daughter thought Miami would be a good fit. OSU is great but too big. Turns out Miami too isolated. Our very first college we visited was Dennison - way too small. You just learn along the way.
If you go by rank and location (close to ATL which has jobs), UGA is better. But U of SC has more geographic diversity. They can visit one another. Dang - sounds like they should swap so you can use the deptl scholarship at U of SC
The mistake you made - not applying to Alabama - they give merit away like Santa Claus standing on a street corner. FSU is generous too.
It will all work out.
I’ll hang out with you in the shelter - where we’ll all be living after spending obscene amounts of money.
I wonder if all this money would be better spent at a Ritz Carlton - where “we” get to enjoy it instead of on our kids who will complain about bad food, bad roomies, profs they can’t understand, and hard classes!! ha
I hear ya! I can totally relate to everything you’re saying! Yes, I tried to pitch Alabama to them, but they weren’t interested.
They both loved Miami U by the way, so much so that initially one was seriously considering it despite the Ohio weather, but just couldn’t get past that. They both kept saying, “If only Miami was in warmer weather!” Miami was their next financial package after UofSC.
Yes, they will all be complaining to us, won’t they. Ugh! See you in the shelter!
Oh well - it’s only money. And who needs a roof over our heads. U of SC is really really nice - and compact - I sort of wish my daughter chose it. C of C a better fit for her but it’s dorms are yucky, etc. We are in TN - could have gone to UTK. Nope - gotta let the kids go to where they want!! Yep, come to the shelter in Nashville - it’s warmer
Just got back from our admitted student tour. Mine committed and absolutely made the right choice for her. Absolutely love the school.
Congratulations! Mine is between UofSC and Penn State, and will hopefully, finally make a decision this week.
Has anyone heard any waitlist updates? Anything said by your reps?
We have not heard anything but would love to hear if anyone else has!
Nope, not yet.
Has all financial aid been released?