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jsquardjj
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re: Competition for College Admissions in Texas is unreal
I guess a lot has changed in the past decade. I received a 29 on my act and had a 3.8 and got into to Texas from out of state (high school in Alabama - top 8% of my class) I also got into Rice with a large scholarship. I ended up going to LSU on an almost full ride. This was 8 years ago though.

I know Texas required applicants to write two papers, so maybe that helped. If I remember correctly, Texas puts a lot of weight into what percentile of your class you are in. That would be a shame if going to a good high school actually hurts your chances because you end up in a lower percent ranking of your class.
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namvet6566
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re: Competition for College Admissions in Texas is unreal
We were living outside of Phil's, my daughter applied tp Penn State, did not get in even though she was in honors. Went to Jr., College affiliate d with Penn State.

She said the best thing she did was the two years in Jr., College

I am a witness


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WildManGoose
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Member since Nov 2005
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re: Competition for College Admissions in Texas is unreal
Be glad you don't live in California where any state school worth a damn has ~40% OOS and international enrollment.


little billy
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Member since May 2015
4014 posts

re: Competition for College Admissions in Texas is unreal
Yeah UCLA's acceptance rate is 18%


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sta4ever
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Member since Aug 2014
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re: Competition for College Admissions in Texas is unreal
I got accepted to Rice with a 18 on my ACT


CelticDog
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Member since Apr 2015
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re: Competition for College Admissions in Texas is unreal
Was your dad an alum?


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usc6158
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Member since Feb 2008
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re: Competition for College Admissions in Texas is unreal
California and Virginia are even worse

But it pretty much holds true for large states with elite public schools.
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supatigah
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Member since Mar 2004
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re: Competition for College Admissions in Texas is unreal
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I got accepted to Rice with a 18 on my ACT



football, basketball or baseball?


cajunangelle
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Member since Oct 2012
64607 posts

re: Competition for College Admissions in Texas is unreal
you live in TX, correct? Is it difficult to get in here? LINK
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shutterspeed
Arkansas State Fan
MS Gulf Coast
Member since May 2007
43654 posts

re: Competition for College Admissions in Texas is unreal
This thread reminds me of the anxious waiting to get into Southern Miss with my 24 ACT. That was a rough time.


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OweO
LSU Fan
Saints Fan
Member since Sep 2009
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re: Competition for College Admissions in Texas is unreal
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I got accepted to Rice with a 18 on my ACT



This explains OWL's situation.


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G2160
Texas A&M Fan
houston
Member since May 2013
597 posts

re: Competition for College Admissions in Texas is unreal
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Texas has auto enrollment for top 7% and TAMU has it for Top 25%


Top 10% is auto admit.

Top 25% auto guidelines are as follows:

Applicants qualify for automatic academic admission (but not necessarily to the major of choice), if they:

successfully complete Texas A&M's required coursework, and
rank in the top quarter of their graduating class on or before the application deadline, and
meet test score minimums
New SAT:
Total score of at least a 1360 with at least:
620 Math; and
660 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW)

Old SAT:
Composite score of at least 1300 (Math and Critical Reading) with at least:
600 Math; and
600 Critical Reading

ACT:
Composite score of at least 30 with at least:
27 Math; and
27 English

LINK

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TigrrrDad
Member since Oct 2016
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re: Competition for College Admissions in Texas is unreal
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And this is why “it’s so hard to get into X school” threads are pointless. People will always flub the numbers when it comes to their kid’s standardized test scores and GPAs


Bull shite. At least a half dozen of my son’s friends scored a 34 or higher. The girl scored 36. Twice. Despite all qualifying for a full ride at LSU, none have applied to LSU, which is disappointing.

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I'm trying to figure out why a person smart enough to get the highest possible score would waste time and money taking the test again. I think you were misled or you're misleading


I asked my son why she would take it again after scoring a 36 composite. The second time was when they took it at school on a regular school day, which was free. All juniors had to take it that day.
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jchamil
Member since Nov 2009
2592 posts

re: Competition for College Admissions in Texas is unreal
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The girl scored 36. Twice.


Why would she even bother taking it a second time if she got a perfect score the first time around?


TigrrrDad
Member since Oct 2016
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re: Competition for College Admissions in Texas is unreal
The second time was when it was given during a regular school day - all juniors had to take it that day and it was free.
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supatigah
LA-Lafayette Fan
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Member since Mar 2004
73481 posts

re: Competition for College Admissions in Texas is unreal
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The second time was when it was given during a regular school day - all juniors had to take it that day and it was free.

ohhhhhhhh ok


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slackster
Stanford Fan
Houston
Member since Mar 2009
37793 posts

re: Competition for College Admissions in Texas is unreal
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I’ve posted this before, but a girl at my son’s school got a 36 on the ACT - TWICE - and has a GPA around a 4.6 with all A’s (4 AP classes per year), and got rejected by MIT. Another with a 4.6 and 34 ACT applied to Stanford and several Ivy Leagues, and only got into his 5th choice - Rice. Both are minorities as well. Another kid with a 4.6 and 35 ACT got rejected by Georgia Tech. I would have thought these kids were all slam dunks for those schools. It’s very competitive.


None of this is true.


TigerFred
LSU Fan
Feeding hamsters
Member since Aug 2003
23170 posts

re: Competition for College Admissions in Texas is unreal
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LSU goes out of their way to bring in Texas kids


Yeah we need to have a serious talk about what it really costs as an out of state student. LSU gives you a lot of BS and then frick you after the first year.


Amadeo
Harvard Fan
Member since Jan 2004
950 posts
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re: Competition for College Admissions in Texas is unreal
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The diversity here for my kids school is a selling point of the area. We love it. My kids inner circle of friends are Indians, Asians and African kids with the usual white kids sprinkled in

I'm seeing this phenomenon pop up all over Prairieville


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EA6B
Navy Fan
TX
Member since Dec 2012
6374 posts

re: Competition for College Admissions in Texas is unreal
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Bull shite. At least a half dozen of my son’s friends scored a 34 or higher. The girl scored 36. Twice. Despite all qualifying for a full ride at LSU, none have applied to LSU, which is disappointing.


Act scores of 34 and above are at the 99th percentile, the probability of any one person having 6 or more friends at one school scoring in the 99 percentile is so close to zero it would be hard to quantify.

In 2016 only 35,000 students in the entire nation scored 34 or higher.

Score # of Students Percentage of All Test Takers
36 2,760 0.136%
35 12,386 0.610%
34 20,499 1.010%

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