Tuesday, July 5, 2011

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Is it even worth it to apply to a state college?

So here's my dillema. 

Son wants to go to SCAD Atlanta (Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta).  He has for a couple years now.  He is willing to look at other schools to apply to as a back-up, but he wants to go to SCAD so won't actively look for other options.  He as asked me to spearhead the search for backup colleges, and I have.  There is one other smaller, less expensive Christian college that he likes and beyond that, there is a big party college, where he can get a decent arts education, and the main campus of the state college (UGA) also has what looks like a very good art school.  The last two he would only apply to for giggles and grins, just for the sake of saying he applied to more than one or two colleges.

Here's the thing, we are not worried about him getting into SCAD.  We are only worried about paying for it. We are also not worried about getting into the second choice as they love homeschoolers.  But the State college... they want us as homeschoolers to jump through an ungodly number of hoops to get in...  A 3.7 GPA or close to it.  25-30 average ACT score.  Extra exams (SATII) or multiple AP tests.

That would add alot of extra work to my son's senior year, when his personal goal is to work on his portfolio and to get out a little more into the world.

Is it even worth it to spend the extra time studying for SATII's (when he has already passed CLEP exams).  Is to worth it to keep taking the ACT every test date to push for the highest score when he already has a Score that will get him a scholarship at another college?

Is this state college really THAT elite? or are they shooting themselves in the foot by making it difficult for homeschoolers to get in?

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