First Acceptance Letter Arrived

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Registered: 07-26-1999
First Acceptance Letter Arrived
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Tue, 10-23-2012 - 10:09am

ODD received her acceptance letter to her top choice school yesterday!  She submitted it for early decision last Sunday evening, so we were suprised it came so quickly.  We are going to the college this weekend for a recruiting visit for the athletic team she is interested in, which makes things that much more real now.  She hasn't submitted any other applications yet, but does plan on applying to at least 3 other colleges, but was not in quite as much of a hurry with those ones.  She will submit the other ones most likely next month sometime.  Now, if financial aid and scholarships shape up...

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Tue, 10-23-2012 - 11:33am

Congratulations! That must be a relief to head into the holiday season knowing she has a college lined up!

Why is she applying to other schools, though? I thought ED was binding. Or was it early evaluation?

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Tue, 10-23-2012 - 11:57am
This ED isn't binding, can't tell you why. Looking at their website, it looks like its just called "early notification". This became her top choice 7 months ago after one of her cheer coaches got her interested in the Acrobatic and Tumbling team, which is new to women's collegiate sports. It has only been around a few years and this college is the best team right now. They have her major, and because they give athletic scholarships, she decided to pursue it. Part of it for us is still finances. I will know a lot more after this weekend's visit, we know she will get an athletic scholarship, we have heard its 1/4 and it goes up by 1/4 each year so that as a senior you would have a full scholarship on the team, but we still need to find out more details, also things such as out of state tuition, and everything else. As much as she wants to go to this college and be on this team, big picture is we still have to look at the financial aspects of it all. I hate to sound horrible, because believe me, I want her to be completely happy with what she is doing and where she goes to college, but as an art major, I don't feel it prudent to let her take on tons of student loans just for this one reason knowing that she really could study art history anywhere and a lot cheaper.
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Registered: 09-13-1999
Tue, 10-23-2012 - 4:24pm

Congratulations!  That's fabulous news!  Financial realities are important and she will thank you later when she doesn't have an enormous mound of debt in front of her.  I hope she gets the scholarship to this school.  The very fast turnaround on her application tells me they are very interested in her so signs are good.

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Registered: 07-24-1997
Tue, 10-23-2012 - 4:47pm

Wow!  Congratulations!

Many schools do rolling admissions, so getting your application in early, as your DD did, is wise. 

None of DD's schools do rolling admissions, except for the state school at the bottom of her list.  She applied ED to her top choice; she submitted the application on a Friday night and got a call on Thursday for an interview.  Since you have to be asked to interview, this is a positive sign that they're taking her application seriously!  It probably also helped that she got it in well before the ED deadline of Nov 1.

All the other schools have a January deadline and don't send acceptances until April. 

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Tue, 10-23-2012 - 5:03pm
Her second choice school's website says they have rolling admissions and usually have a response within 3 weeks. I think she has that application all finished already, so I may encourage her to go ahead and send or email it in in the next week. The other 2 schools she is looking at have a Jan. 5 and Feb. 1 deadline for application, but most likely she'll have them all sent in in November or early December. The one college does not have an early decision date, and I think that is lowest on her list as it is because its a dedicated art college and the cost of it. She has all the applications ready to file, except for sending her test scores to the 4th ranked college, so I may go ahead and encourage her to go ahead and get them filed and that'll be one less thing she needs to stress about in the upcoming weeks since she has a lot on her plate right now.
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Registered: 12-16-2003
Tue, 10-23-2012 - 6:06pm
How wonderful!! My dd did ED as well and loved having a response so early. I am sure that they will work something out financially!!

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

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Wed, 10-24-2012 - 2:24pm

That doesn't sound horrible at all; it sounds very sensible to me. I think it's always a balance between "follow your dreams" and "be practical." The kids I know who are looking at going into nursing, for example, are looking for the lowest cost schools, not the most prestigious, because in our area, nurses are in high demand and anyone with a degree from any accredited nursing school is going to have a job when they finish.