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Help finding match schools?


Replies to: Help finding match schools?

  • graduating2020graduating2020 Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    @Mwfan1921 Isn’t the August 31 deadline after high school graduation? So, August 2020 is the deadline to apply for FFAA?

    My FL prepaid only covers for 4 years of tuition. It does not cover books, room and board, etc.
  • Mwfan1921Mwfan1921 Registered User Posts: 1,554 Senior Member
    edited May 16
    ^^^Yes on deadline, edited my post to clarify
  • graduating2020graduating2020 Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    @MYOS1634 Thank you. I think I am more interested in private, liberal arts, and women’s colleges with strong pre-med or CS programs.
  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 41,225 Senior Member
    You could apply test optional to top LACs that allow it, especially women's colleges.
    However those would be reaches.
    For matches (mid&low matches) check out the colleges I listed - perhaps also Sewanee?
  • cptofthehousecptofthehouse Registered User Posts: 27,430 Senior Member
    For schools that have rolling admissions, which is likely with public universities, yes, get that app in ASAP. Rilling admissions means that they look at the applications as they get them and accept as the assess, though often in batches. At many state universities, admissions amounts to 3 Numbers, gpa or class rank, test score and date of your application. Get those schools sewn up early because it gets tougher, as a rule, as the application season gets intense and there are fewer seats. Once a department or major is full, that’s it. I’ve seen kids shut out before year end who apply to very popular programs.

    As a general rule, many schools have Early Decision and/or Early Action. Do look up these terms and know what they mean and when you are putting together your school list, see what the various colleges you like have. ED means you commit to going to ONE school, apply to it early, by its ED deadline, and if accepted, you go there. Usually you get a bump in consideration for that commitment. An out is if the school does not give you sufficient financial aid. If you have a school that you know is first choice but you are under in its stats, that boost might do it. You can only pick one such school

    Early Action, or EA has a similar deadline to ED, but while you get an answer from the school early, you have till May 1 to make that commitment t to it. You can usually apply to a number of such schools though some colleges like HPY are restricting this by choice what they call Single Choice Early Action, SCEA, where you cannot apply to any other EA or ED schools in conjunction with that app. Rolling admissions or state schoo EAs are usually excepted from this rule. You have to read the stipulations of these programs carefully for each scho because the rules are constantly changing and can differ from school to school.

    You can APPLY early to any school, that is, as soon as the applications come out. But if you apply through these designations to schools that offer them, you get an answer back early from them. Usually before Christmas. That can cut down on your other applications based on what you get in your accept stack. You can see up your safeties that way and focus on the more selective schools since you now have a place to go if things don’t pan out.

    The only possible glitch I see in this for you is that you need to take those tests ASAO if you want the possibility of higher test scores to be considered. Your scores are in the low side right now for the more selective schools and for merit money. Being URM will open up some scholarships earmarked for that, and a lot of schools do give more leeway in test scores for URMs but you cannot count on that. You certainly still need safety schools.

    In addition to the big flagships and other large state schools, FL has New College which is much smaller and still public. Also you have some very nice LAC type schools, Rollins, Eckerd, Stetson come to mind. I don’t know how BF works irvthd FL state fund, but if you can use them for the private in state schools too, that’s a consideration.

  • LynnskiLynnski Registered User Posts: 168 Junior Member
    Because your ECs and interests and classes are more compelling than your test scores, you might want to look at "test-optional" schools for potential matches.
  • graduating2020graduating2020 Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    edited May 16
    @Lynnski @cptofthehouse The main con of my profile is my SAT score, then? For UF and FSU, would UF Dual Enrollment help for Fall 2019? I signed up for Fall and have secured a spot in their DE program (I just have to pick my courses).
  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 41,225 Senior Member
    yes - as long as you get good grades of course ;)
  • shuffle1shuffle1 Registered User Posts: 112 Junior Member
    A 1240 SAT is around a 80th percentile of the whole population of test takers, and you're hovering just under that now. That population of all the test takers is not reflective of the population applying to the schools you are talking about; the people applying alongside you are the higher performers to start with. Among the applicants to those schools, your 1200 will not be in the 80th percentile, it'll be much lower in that pool and that may suppress both admissions and merit aid. That's why it's important to either resolve that with a significant improvement, go with test-optional schools, or overwhelm the application reviewer with other components that put you on a pedestal. See cpt's guidance on admissions approach.
  • TheSATTeacherTheSATTeacher Registered User Posts: 132 Junior Member
    If you can get the 1400, then I think you are a stronger applicant than many on here think you are.

    I would also recommend looking at plenty of schools that promise to meet 100% of demonstrated need, as these schools should be much more affordable for you.

    I also applaud your decision to take pre-calc over the summer.
  • HamurtleHamurtle Registered User Posts: 2,035 Senior Member
    Consider test optional schools (Chicago and Wake Forest) as well.

    I assume you should be considered URM. Jamaican Chinese/Hispanic is certainly unusual enough and if you identify with any specific group growing up, it might be an interesting essay topic.

    I remember a thread a while back about a URM who got into Chicago despite having Bs and C in a core subject. You have roughly the same SAT but a way better GPA. Give them a shot.
  • 1stTimeThruMom1stTimeThruMom Registered User Posts: 187 Junior Member
    @graduating2020 Hope you don’t mind me weighing in here on a related topic — your senior year schedule.
    It looks like you are doubling or tripling your prior AP load with 6 APs plus an honors course planned. Is that the case?

    If so, six APs is a huge leap and will make for a very demanding senior year. I am surprised your guidance counselor approved the schedule. My DS20 wanted to make a similar leap last year, but the Dean of Academics would not allow it.

    Please remember that senior year is tough. In addition to all of your coursework, you will be writing many different essays, particularly for scholarship or honors programs, and you will need to stay on top of the FAFSA and potentially the CSS if you attend one of the many private schools requiring the CSS.

    Finally, colleges want to see continued improvement senior year. The most important thing is that you maintain that excellent 4.6 GPA. Do you think you could do that with fewer APs?

    Remember, you are allowed to make time for fun as well senior year!

    Good luck!
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