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National Dean's List?

CardinalFocusedCardinalFocused 1995 replies101 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 2,096 Senior Member
edited September 2010 in Transfer Students
I got a letter in the mail saying I've been nominated to the National Dean's List. It says the honor is reserved for only 1/2 of 1% of our nation's college students but I'm quite skeptical this is just the "Who's who" version for colleges. Does anyone know about this so called distinction? Is it a scam like "Who's who?"
edited September 2010
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  • gabew42gabew42 1293 replies31 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,324 Senior Member
    There is a fine line involved. Some might say every kind of national honor roll is a scam.
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  • CardinalFocusedCardinalFocused 1995 replies101 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 2,096 Senior Member
    For me, I mean scam as in the prime aim of the organization is to make money and the honor isn't really prestigious at all...

    Does anyone else have any more thoughts?
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  • gabew42gabew42 1293 replies31 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,324 Senior Member
    If that is your definition (and it is similar to mine) then YES it is a scam. I'm sure they advertise scholarships, etc. but the truth is it is not a major honor, and the company is certainly out to make a buck.
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  • CardinalFocusedCardinalFocused 1995 replies101 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 2,096 Senior Member
    Damn...and for a second, I thought I was special....ha

    *Big Sad Face =[
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  • gabew42gabew42 1293 replies31 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,324 Senior Member
    Well, there will be someone in here praising it soon I imagine...

    It seems to pop up on countless award lists of self-assured applicants.
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  • CardinalFocusedCardinalFocused 1995 replies101 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 2,096 Senior Member
    haha I guess I can use it as application fluff then?
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  • futebolistafutebolista 327 replies5 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 332 Member
    Is this based on GPA or something substantive?
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  • CardinalFocusedCardinalFocused 1995 replies101 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 2,096 Senior Member
    I'm not sure...it says someone has to nominate you?
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  • SandkicksSandkicks 823 replies82 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 905 Member
    i have gotten the same letter. it is nothing. you should not put it on a application. all it is that they put your name in a book and offer you one for 40 dollars.
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  • CardinalFocusedCardinalFocused 1995 replies101 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 2,096 Senior Member
    hahah, so I guess it is a "Who's Who" university style...

    Are they even lying that someone nominated us?
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  • hobofromdowntownhobofromdowntown 2212 replies20 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 2,232 Senior Member
    probably. One of their employees probably picked you out from some resource and "nominated" you. I got something like that as well, its called the National Society of Collegiate Scholars - they even had the UC styled paper and everything.
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  • CardinalFocusedCardinalFocused 1995 replies101 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 2,096 Senior Member
    damn scam artists, trying to take advantage of my eagerness to feel special..ha
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  • boowoojboowooj 32 replies6 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 38 Junior Member
    I felt special for few seconds before noticing the spelling of my name on their letter. They did not even get my name right.
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  • gabew42gabew42 1293 replies31 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,324 Senior Member
    Haven't a lot of people put "National Dean's List" in their stats list on here?
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  • futebolistafutebolista 327 replies5 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 332 Member
    hobo, NSCS is based on GPA...at least 3.4 ur freshman year and top 20% of the freshmen class...but it still is nothing! The membership is like 80 bucks...

    in the end, it is ur GPA that counts
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  • CardinalFocusedCardinalFocused 1995 replies101 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 2,096 Senior Member
    hmmm....I wonder if its even worth listing in your stats....
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  • hobofromdowntownhobofromdowntown 2212 replies20 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 2,232 Senior Member
    futebolista, yeah it kind of sounded legit but i'm not paying 80 bux for a line on my resume!
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  • CardinalFocusedCardinalFocused 1995 replies101 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 2,096 Senior Member
    haha I payed seventy-five dollars to get into Phi-Thetta Kappa...so I guess in a way they really are all scams.
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  • gabew42gabew42 1293 replies31 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,324 Senior Member
    Possibly a pertinent analogy is a typical fundraiser based around an award. Some kind of organization will give some kind of award to lets say, a politician. Then they will send out invites to the event where the politician is being honored, utilizing the politician's donor list. The organization is really only giving out the award to raise money and/or raise their profile with the politician.

    The politician will often end up listing the award in their "stats," if you will. You've seen em: "Legislator of the Year award," "Defender of Women's Rights," etc.

    These academic things are similar, except the cost to you seems to outweigh the benefits--UNLESS you use it to get a scholarship or something (recouping your cost). I don't think membership in an honors club is as useful as membership in what I would call a substantive club--political, cultural, hobby, sports, whatever.
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