College acceptances

Avatar for mahopac
iVillage Member
Registered: 07-24-1997
College acceptances
9
Fri, 03-15-2013 - 9:26am

The waiting is *nearly* over.  DD got accepted to another college yesterday, but the ones she really wants to hear from won't be sending their emails for another 2 to 2-1/2 weeks.  Being accepted to choices #5, 6 & 10 just makes it that much harder to wait for #1 and #2!

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-13-1999
Fri, 03-22-2013 - 4:50pm

Moon shot schools, heh heh.  I'll have to add that to my lexicon.   The ED acceptance rate is a bit misleading.  It looks higher because that's the pool that includes recruited athletes and legacies.  Recruited athletes are in a whole different category when it comes to admissons and at many schools, legacies only get a bump if they apply ED.

We were also surprised about the merit scholarships.  You are quite right, there may be more coming her way.  Enjoy!  You guys are about to enter the more fun part of this process during which your kids will be wooed by their various choices. 

Avatar for mahopac
iVillage Member
Registered: 07-24-1997
Fri, 03-22-2013 - 1:48pm

What kills me is that if she'd applied ED to her moon shot school, she would have doubled her chances of getting in, but she didn't consider it her first choice until long after she'd sent in all her apps for RD. I guess this is a good life lesson in weighing your odds and making a decision quickly.

On the flip side, if it was a moon shot school with only a 7% chance of getting accepted, the odds would still only be 14%. :)  DD found that statistic comforting when she was rejected from her first Ivy League school that she applied to ED - she still was likely to be in the 85% of completely qualified but nonetheless rejected students in that pool.

Last night one of her friends learned that she got accepted to one of her top three schools, UVa, so at least that takes the pressure off waiting for answers from UPenn & Yale, LOL.  DD applied to two "moon shots" (Ivy League with under 10% acceptance rate), two stretch (where she's in the high end of the average pool but not top 25%), three completely realistic (top 25% of applicants), and two safety.  So far:  one moon shot rejection, two safety acceptances, and one realistic acceptance.

In 10 days, this will all be over, Ash!

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-27-1998
Fri, 03-22-2013 - 11:53am

I  almost dread going to events at school, where all the parents whose kids applied RD are all nervously seeking one another out and asking, "Have you heard anything?' And these are nice, solicitous people, not the nasty, bitchy types you get at some schools! It's almost like a death vigil with the possibility of a miraculous turn-around, with an acceptance being the equivalent of "Hey, Grandpa's sitting up!"

Okay, gonna go take my anti-cynicism pill now....

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-27-1998
Fri, 03-22-2013 - 11:47am

We're in the same boat! DD just heard from 2 schools yesterday and she was accepted to both, but we are still waiting to hear from her reach and her "moon shot" schools, and that won't be for more than a week. (She doesn't need her safety anymore, which is good, because she applied on a total whim after we nagged her about finding a sure bet school.)

 What kills me is that if she'd applied ED to her moon shot school, she would have doubled her chances of getting in, but she didn't consider it her first choice until long after she'd sent in all her apps for RD. I guess this is a good life lesson in weighing your odds and making a decision quickly.

I think this waiting is as nerve-wracking for me and DH as it is for DD! Just want it to be OVER!

Avatar for mahopac
iVillage Member
Registered: 07-24-1997
Fri, 03-22-2013 - 11:01am

Here's a new twist:  DD received a letter yesterday from this university, offering her a $15,000 a year merit scholarship.  That changes things in my book. . . and hers.

Though I'm wondering now - she didn't even apply for this - I wonder if she will receive any other merit scholarship offers from any of her other colleges.  We were all quite surprised by this one.

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-13-1999
Thu, 03-21-2013 - 3:19pm

I hated this part.   Hang on, she's certain to have some excellent choices very soon!

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Mon, 03-18-2013 - 9:28am
Crossing fingers here!! I think that was the only pro to have a really clear #1 choice and doing early decision, got it done and over with and we can concentrate on all the other things, now if FAFSA stuff would come in...
Photobucket
Community Leader
Registered: 12-16-2003
Fri, 03-15-2013 - 3:15pm

That is great. I know it is hard to wait.

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

Avatar for cmlisab
iVillage Member
Registered: 09-30-2011
Fri, 03-15-2013 - 11:14am

To me, the waiting is the worst part! But then again, we haven't been through the "fill out dozens of applications and paperwork" part yet either! Wink

I've got my fingers crossed for your DD! Keep us updated!

Lisa