College Applications….Not Accepted

brutus161 The Navy Guy
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Sat, Mar 26, 2022 8:00 AM

I joined the military after high school and didn’t go to college until I was 36. Applied to SNHU to take classes online. In 2019, I applied to OSU for an online masters program and was rejected. I decided to go back to SNHU to get my masters. 

Gardens35 Senior Member
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Sat, Mar 26, 2022 11:38 AM

posted by Ironman92

35 ACT, 1490 PSAT which converts to a 1550 SAT, 4.0, National Merit Finalist, class president, band president, highest band honors at solo and ensemble events, youth leadership president, IBelieve foundation leader, several clubs at school, 10x letter winner, 3 sport athlete, 3x all-district, 3x all-league, 5x captain, 2x district spelling bee champion and regional finalist, member of Mensa.

There’s a humble brag and it’s funny that Michigan got ousted from the tourney the same day they told him no.


That's an impressive high school resume'.
jmog Senior Member
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Sat, Mar 26, 2022 11:54 AM
posted by Ironman92

35 ACT, 1490 PSAT which converts to a 1550 SAT, 4.0, National Merit Finalist, class president, band president, highest band honors at solo and ensemble events, youth leadership president, IBelieve foundation leader, several clubs at school, 10x letter winner, 3 sport athlete, 3x all-district, 3x all-league, 5x captain, 2x district spelling bee champion and regional finalist, member of Mensa.

There’s a humble brag and it’s funny that Michigan got ousted from the tourney the same day they told him no.


If this is all true, then someone at Michigan screwed up. 


That gets you into IVY, and Michigan is saying “no”?


justincredible Honorable Admin
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Sat, Mar 26, 2022 11:55 AM

More info from my wife.

Did he miss the priority deadline for applying? She said UC has a December (something) deadline, that if you apply after that you're put on a waitlist regardless of qualifications. If the program fills up before they get to you on the waitlist you're SOL. It might have also filled up with in-state kids before even considering out-of-state kids.

She also said he should've applied to UC. They have a very good engineering program and it's where co-ops started. She then said you're both stupid and should feel bad.

Ironman92 Administrator
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Sat, Mar 26, 2022 12:01 PM
posted by justincredible

More info from my wife.

Did he miss the priority deadline for applying? She said UC has a December (something) deadline, that if you apply after that you're put on a waitlist regardless of qualifications. If the program fills up before they get to you on the waitlist you're SOL. It might have also filled up with in-state kids before even considering out-of-state kids.

She also said he should've applied to UC. They have a very good engineering program and it's where co-ops started. She then said you're both stupid and should feel bad.

No, he doesn’t miss deadlines. Everything is done way early.


friendfromlowry Senior Member
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Sat, Mar 26, 2022 12:06 PM

Maybe your son is good at football and Michigan was like nah we can’t have that on this campus lol boom goes the dynamite 

Ironman92 Administrator
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Sat, Mar 26, 2022 12:07 PM
posted by justincredible

More info from my wife.

Did he miss the priority deadline for applying? She said UC has a December (something) deadline, that if you apply after that you're put on a waitlist regardless of qualifications. If the program fills up before they get to you on the waitlist you're SOL. It might have also filled up with in-state kids before even considering out-of-state kids.

She also said he should've applied to UC. They have a very good engineering program and it's where co-ops started. She then said you're both stupid and should feel bad.

He visited UC and it was awful. My daughter and many of my friends’ kids same experience. UC does have a very good engineering program. The building he was allowed in the computers and equipment were outdated. They just wanted to sell off their plush athletic facilities. The tour people at UC are the worst.

When we took our daughter there for her 2nd visit….because she wanted to go there over Marshall, the girl led us around and said 3 different times during the tour “this is a good place to take a nap”…..then to end the tour she took us to the window showing the university pool and said she just likes to come here and watch the guys in their Speedo’s. She was very well trained obviously.


Ironman92 Administrator
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Sat, Mar 26, 2022 12:18 PM
posted by friendfromlowry

Maybe your son is good at football and Michigan was like nah we can’t have that on this campus lol boom goes the dynamite 

5’11 1/2 140 lb…..XC was his fall go to


Ironman92 Administrator
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Sat, Mar 26, 2022 12:22 PM
posted by jmog

If this is all true, then someone at Michigan screwed up. 


That gets you into IVY, and Michigan is saying “no”?


His testing scores were above the Ivy needed standards and he did all the extras the Ivy’s desire. No desire there though. His friend was just below him on PSAT but went 36 on ACT for first ever perfect score in our school’s history and she was put on waiting list at Yale. We have had a couple Ivy kids the last few years and they were lower on the scores but were accepted. We have one teacher that helps all the kids with the stuff it takes to get into the Ivy League but not consistent results.


justincredible Honorable Admin
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Sat, Mar 26, 2022 12:30 PM
posted by Ironman92

He visited UC and it was awful. My daughter and many of my friends’ kids same experience. UC does have a very good engineering program. The building he was allowed in the computers and equipment were outdated. They just wanted to sell off their plush athletic facilities. The tour people at UC are the worst.

When we took our daughter there for her 2nd visit….because she wanted to go there over Marshall, the girl led us around and said 3 different times during the tour “this is a good place to take a nap”…..then to end the tour she took us to the window showing the university pool and said she just likes to come here and watch the guys in their Speedo’s. She was very well trained obviously.


Honestly not too surprised with this. My wife works in DAAP, which is super competitive and has some of the top programs in the country, but she tells me horror stories all the time.

Ironman92 Administrator
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Sat, Mar 26, 2022 1:00 PM
posted by justincredible

Honestly not too surprised with this. My wife works in DAAP, which is super competitive and has some of the top programs in the country, but she tells me horror stories all the time.

Almost so bad I’m waiting for Impractical jokers to pop out and laugh at all of us.


Dr Winston O'Boogie Senior Member
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Sat, Mar 26, 2022 1:56 PM
posted by Ironman92

35 ACT, 1490 PSAT which converts to a 1550 SAT, 4.0, National Merit Finalist, class president, band president, highest band honors at solo and ensemble events, youth leadership president, IBelieve foundation leader, several clubs at school, 10x letter winner, 3 sport athlete, 3x all-district, 3x all-league, 5x captain, 2x district spelling bee champion and regional finalist, member of Mensa.

There’s a humble brag and it’s funny that Michigan got ousted from the tourney the same day they told him no.


That’s a Harvard/Yale successful applicant.  Somebody at Michigan screwed up.  It’s a good school, but it isn’t that good.  Take it as a sign that he’s not supposed to go there.  It’s just as well.  Michigan grads on the whole have a completely over inflated sense of how much the rest of us care that they went there.  The place is for losers.


Their current football coach eats his boogers.  They employ the biggest fuck up I went to college with.  And their most storied football coach didn’t win anything of note.  


jmog Senior Member
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Sat, Mar 26, 2022 7:34 PM
posted by Ironman92

His testing scores were above the Ivy needed standards and he did all the extras the Ivy’s desire. No desire there though. His friend was just below him on PSAT but went 36 on ACT for first ever perfect score in our school’s history and she was put on waiting list at Yale. We have had a couple Ivy kids the last few years and they were lower on the scores but were accepted. We have one teacher that helps all the kids with the stuff it takes to get into the Ivy League but not consistent results.


Just double checking something…


36 is still perfect score on ACT right? They didn’t change that from 25 years ago when I took it right?


I mean I got a 32 composite score but the 36 I got on math and science both got me into any engineering school I wanted.


If they got 35 or 36 composite, and the scoring is the same as back then, they should have free rides anywhere they want. That’s an insane score.


No one in my high school class, and it was a pretty smart one, got over a 32 composite.


Ironman92 Administrator
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Sat, Mar 26, 2022 8:11 PM
posted by jmog

Just double checking something…


36 is still perfect score on ACT right? They didn’t change that from 25 years ago when I took it right?


I mean I got a 32 composite score but the 36 I got on math and science both got me into any engineering school I wanted.


If they got 35 or 36 composite, and the scoring is the same as back then, they should have free rides anywhere they want. That’s an insane score.


No one in my high school class, and it was a pretty smart one, got over a 32 composite.


I thought that too but it’s just not the case it appears. 36 is perfect and back in my day 33 was as high as I heard of…..more recently I’ve heard more 33’s. My son was the first 35 in school history and he messaged his girl friend…..and she told him great job, I got a 36 lol. Completely stole his thunder.


Seems like the full rides are few and far between at the better schools and next level down. He was in the finals for the full ride all everything plus stipend at Marshall but wasn’t selected….he is an alternate but they only gave out 8.

His test scores awarded him about $30,000 at UK and $34000 at Pitt, but still well short of a full ride.

When he was notified that he was a National Merit Semifinalist he soon thereafter received a letter from University of Alabama and the Univeristy of Oklahoma offering full ride everything in their honors college…..this was back in November. We thought everyone would come calling and now he’s a finalist and still nothing else.

His problem seems to be is his race, his mom and dad are married. He probably won’t win many of the local scholarships because everyone thinks he’s gotten everything paid for. It’s kinda frustrating and he’s left wondering why his insane amount of work hasn’t paid off. 

Maybe I should just started him punting footballs or kick field goals at an early age and took him that route.

It’ll all work out but I always thought a 34+ was pretty much pick where you wanted to go…..and then the PSAT nearly aced just guaranteed it…nope.


like_that 1st Team All-PWN
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Sat, Mar 26, 2022 8:18 PM

Since I am a nice guy, I won't make a joke about how your son didn't add his vertical leap/long jump to his resume.  


Ironman92 Administrator
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Sat, Mar 26, 2022 8:24 PM
posted by like_that

Since I am a nice guy, I won't make a joke about how your son didn't add his vertical leap/long jump to his resume.  


He maxed out early man. Peaked in 8th grade! Lol


jmog Senior Member
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Sat, Mar 26, 2022 8:38 PM
posted by Ironman92

I thought that too but it’s just not the case it appears. 36 is perfect and back in my day 33 was as high as I heard of…..more recently I’ve heard more 33’s. My son was the first 35 in school history and he messaged his girl friend…..and she told him great job, I got a 36 lol. Completely stole his thunder.


Seems like the full rides are few and far between at the better schools and next level down. He was in the finals for the full ride all everything plus stipend at Marshall but wasn’t selected….he is an alternate but they only gave out 8.

His test scores awarded him about $30,000 at UK and $34000 at Pitt, but still well short of a full ride.

When he was notified that he was a National Merit Semifinalist he soon thereafter received a letter from University of Alabama and the Univeristy of Oklahoma offering full ride everything in their honors college…..this was back in November. We thought everyone would come calling and now he’s a finalist and still nothing else.

His problem seems to be is his race, his mom and dad are married. He probably won’t win many of the local scholarships because everyone thinks he’s gotten everything paid for. It’s kinda frustrating and he’s left wondering why his insane amount of work hasn’t paid off. 

Maybe I should just started him punting footballs or kick field goals at an early age and took him that route.

It’ll all work out but I always thought a 34+ was pretty much pick where you wanted to go…..and then the PSAT nearly aced just guaranteed it…nope.


If 33+ is “common” now then they changed how they do scoring or made the test easier.

It used to be smart kids got 25+, really smart full ride kids got 30+, and only true genius’ got 35/36 perfect scores. 


Getting 33+ used to be basically genius level and not “common” place.


Ironman92 Administrator
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Sat, Mar 26, 2022 9:03 PM
posted by jmog

If 33+ is “common” now then they changed how they do scoring or made the test easier.

It used to be smart kids got 25+, really smart full ride kids got 30+, and only true genius’ got 35/36 perfect scores. 


Getting 33+ used to be basically genius level and not “common” place.


I never said 33 was common….it does seem like the old day 21’s are now 25’s but here in southern Ohio they now at least teach it up, they didn’t for a LONG time. Only 2 current seniors are above 32. A few 30-32’s, a number of upper 20’s. I don’t think the test is much different, maybe a notch easier 🤷🏻‍♂️

I’m at the elementary school but our high school in my district they are honoring the 25+ ACT, only 1 senior out of 65 kids. 33 definitely isn’t common, just more heard of than in the past.


Dr Winston O'Boogie Senior Member
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Sat, Mar 26, 2022 9:27 PM
posted by jmog

Just double checking something…


36 is still perfect score on ACT right? They didn’t change that from 25 years ago when I took it right?


I mean I got a 32 composite score but the 36 I got on math and science both got me into any engineering school I wanted.


If they got 35 or 36 composite, and the scoring is the same as back then, they should have free rides anywhere they want. That’s an insane score.


No one in my high school class, and it was a pretty smart one, got over a 32 composite.


I figured you’d work your own impressive ACT score into this thread.  


Ironman92 Administrator
56,729 posts 151 reps Joined Nov 2009
Sat, Mar 26, 2022 9:47 PM
posted by Dr Winston O'Boogie

I figured you’d work your own impressive ACT score into this thread.  


If I remember the ACT thread back about 10 years ago on here…..everyone on here, besides me was a 30-34 and most were like:

I got a 32 but I was just a freshman and really didn’t even try lol.

I got a 22 then a 24, makes a good teacher of jim


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