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Minnesota student considering being a duck

newfaithnewfaith Registered User Posts: 214 Junior Member
edited August 2013 in University of Oregon
My Daughter is considering attending the University of Oregon Fall 2014 but not sure if there will be merit aide available. We do not qualify for FA and don't think its reasonable to spend over $38,000 when our state school is only $24,000. Her stats are as follow:

gpa 3.36 UW/ 3.7 W at a small Christian school where As start at 94, so a lot of her grades are Bs in the 91-93 range ; no APs but all classes are considered college prep

ACT 28 (no studying), will retake in Sep after summer tutoring in math and study

Volunteer hours for the last 3yrs at least 4hrs or more a month

3 mission trips so far , #1 two week in Honduras, #2 two weeks in Japan during which students helped clean up from Tsunami of 2011, #3 two days at a Indian reservation last year before Christmas

4yrs volleyball
2yrs softball (school no longer has team as of last year)
1 yr basketball (just not good enough)

3yrs Young Life

3yrs piano

job senior year at pizza franchise


Both Minnesota and Oregon offer a lot of the same majors but she is considering Marine Biology and would like to explore some classes in this area but not offered at any schools in the Midwest

She also is looking at the University of Tampa but its rep is not as good as Oregon or Minnesota
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Replies to: Minnesota student considering being a duck

  • intparentintparent Registered User Posts: 30,055 Senior Member
    Scholarships | Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships

    Have you reviewed these pages on the website? As you would probably expect, a lot of the merit scholarships are reserved for in-state students. If they are available for OOS, the dollars are lower. Also some of the OOS ones require a much higher GPA than you D has. Also, some of the scholarships are only for one year and she would have to reapply each year. You should look this over carefully to see what the possibilities are, but most of the time an OOS public college is not going to give you sufficient aid to match your in state options.
  • newfaithnewfaith Registered User Posts: 214 Junior Member
    Yes I looked and it doesn't look good. She can apply and will wait and see, its too bad because this school looks great.
  • jaylynnjaylynn Registered User Posts: 1,634 Senior Member
    I live in Eugene and imo your state school is as good or better than UofO, except for the fact that she is interested in marine biology, which then she might want to consider Oregon State. Still the issues of not great aid for OOS, but OSU is a four grant school (land, sea, sun, space), one of only two in the nation. Sea grant schools usually have great programs in marine bio and in fields studying coastal and marine habitats. OSU has a lab facility on the Oregon coast. You might want to look into it.
  • newfaithnewfaith Registered User Posts: 214 Junior Member
    Thanks I will!
  • DrPepper9DrPepper9 Registered User Posts: 16 New Member
    If you haven't come across it already, the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB) is the hub of all marine biology studies at the University of Oregon. UO seems to be the top in-state choice for most marine biology students, as well as science students in general.
  • UOregonUOregon College Rep Posts: 91 Junior Member
    Hi, Newfaith. It's great your daughter is interested in studying marine biology! The UO offers the only bachelor's degree in marine biology in the Pacific Northwest. Here, marine biology majors have access to field-based learning through several study-abroad programs, internships, and the 130-acre Oregon Institute of Marine Biology located in Charleston on the central Oregon coast. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions you have. You can reach us at uoadmit@uoregon.edu or 541-346-3201.
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