The waiting is over!

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The waiting is over!
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Fri, 03-29-2013 - 5:07pm

This was college admissions letters week, and am I ever glad it is over! 

The final count:  accepted at both safety schools, rejected from both Ivy League schools, waitlisted at one stretch, admitted to one stretch, and admitted to all four "fit" schools.  She got a full scholarship to one safety, a surprise merit scholarship to one "fit," and admission to the honors program and guaranteed housing for 4 years at another "fit."  Her #1 choice was the LAST to notify her, so it's been a nail-biter of a week!  She'll be going to New York University in the fall.

Ash and anyone else waiting to hear - how are your kids feeling now?

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Fri, 04-12-2013 - 10:09am
That's a very interesting comment by the tour guide! ODD has an old gymnastics teammate from Michigan, she was very good friends with her while we lived up there, that is a freshman at Stanford this year and on their sideline cheer squad. I've been meaning to email her mom and find out how they did the cross country move of her stuff for college, I know she flew, but I am wondering how kids get all their stuff to college that is so far away from their homes.
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Thu, 04-11-2013 - 5:18pm
Ashmama, I didn't want to hear your DD was rejected from Stanford! Our DD really loved the school and it's high on the list (probably because they are the one campus so far that would allow her to interview specifically for the theatre directing program... I think she really just likes the idea of putting together a pitch lol.) During the tour, the guide said the one thing all Stanford students have in common is they have no idea how they got in. It really does seem like a mystery. We know a few kids that have gotten in over the years and, while all good candidates, not all top candidates. What can you do really? Just find more likely and safety schools
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Mon, 04-08-2013 - 5:21pm
Interesting, maybe she doesn't know that. I'll mention it to ODD tonight just in case. I know i kept asking ODD if she had gotten an email about her financial aid decision letter from Oregon as I knew several others had gotten theirs via email from their schools. She finally checked on things to find out that Oregon does their financial aid award letters snail mail and we won't hear anything likely until early May. I am glad we weren't making a decision on colleges based solely on financial aid.
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Mon, 04-08-2013 - 5:06pm

That's strange.  MIT and Georgia Tech posted their decisions in early-mid March.  Maybe she doesn't realize that she has to go to the university's online portal to check?  DD got two 4 acceptances by snail mail, one notification by email, and the rest she had to log on to the site to get the decision.

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Mon, 04-08-2013 - 2:59pm
I don't know all the schools she applied to, she was wait listed for Carnegie Mellon (one of her top 3 schools) and Rice (was on the fence about going there), accepted to University of Texas which was actually an automatic because she is in the top 7% of her class and the one she is getting major scholarships offers for, I know she specifically was looking and would like to go to Georgia Tech and I think she was applying to MIT where her father attended. I don't know when she sent her applications in, I can't imagine it would have been too late as she knows what she wants to major in and knowing her parents and her, she was on the ball about getting applications out. ODD said she didn't know all the colleges she applied to but those were the ones she knew of for sure.
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Mon, 04-08-2013 - 2:08pm

I'm amazed she hasn't heard from some of the schools at this late date.  April 1 was the deadline for all the ones I knew about, and most sent their decisions early - the Ivies were apparently all on one day.  DD heard from the state schools within a couple weeks of applying back in December; mid-March from Brandeis and Boston College, and then the rest (NYU, Brown, Wesleyan, Vassar, Bard) the last week of March.  Her friend heard from Sarah Lawrence on April 1 and that was the last one among all her friends.

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Mon, 04-08-2013 - 10:39am
ODD and I were talking this weekend about her BFF, she's in the top ten at our school of over 700 kids. She apparently has heard from one or two schools she applied for, but not really ones she wants to go to, she was wait listed for 2 schools, one was one of her top 3 choices and her other schools she has not heard from yet. I cannot even imagine still being so unsure of where you are going to school at this juncture because of not getting acceptances back yet. She's on the fence, her father knows someone high up at one of the local universities she applied to, she doesn't really want to attend there, but her parents encouraged her to and she has gotten several scholarships now to the school. She said its starting to get hard to wait out the other ones as she is responsible for tuition, her parents will pay room and board, and the fact that this local college is giving her more and more scholarship money which would obviously help her, but she really doesn't want to attend it.
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Fri, 04-05-2013 - 8:28pm

We live fairly close to Stanford and most of the kids in dd's school are gaga over it.  My sense of Stanford is that it's undergone some serious and, from my perspective, alarming changes over the past 5 years or so and is now seen as a tech/engineering school for entreprenuers.

http://alumni.stanford.edu/get/page/magazine/article/?article_id=57728

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Fri, 04-05-2013 - 4:40pm

DD is definitely planning to do a year in France, so she only has to be on campus for three years. That was my limit, too! But then you're ready to move on.

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Fri, 04-05-2013 - 4:38pm

D did apply to Stanford, but was rejected. She took it harder than we expected, because she had never said that Stanford was her first choice. I really think it was a matter of pride and thinking she'd be the one to choose, so this was a good life lesson.  (Of course, I don't get why kids with lower scores got in, but oh, well, the whole thing's a mystery to me!).

From the beginning of the process, she said it was clear that a small liberal arts school was best for her, and she wanted to avoid the hook-up and heavy drinking culture that is common on some campuses, so women's colleges seemed to be a good fit.  I know she'll end up in a good place, but she'd better decide before that deposit is due!