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Is there any sort of preference given to out of state applicants at state schools, given that they will pay significantly more? We were surprised when Eldest was offered only a satellite campus rather than main campus for Penn State, (though he could have gotten in to main with a summer start,) even though his GPA and SATs blew the average out of the water. At the same time, his scores were weak compared to the average at Georgia Tech, where he was accepted at twice the money of a GA resident. He does have a nice tech resume though, outside of school, and can write an excellent essay.

At a meet and greet we went to locally, we were told there were over 14,000 applicants for 2,500 spots. Can't help but wonder, particularly given the GA economy, if the extra $20K per year we pay is a booster.

The best news is that Eldest realizes he needs to keep it in high gear, which he is very capable of, if he wants to succeed there. Their high freshman retention percentage at GT is comforting as well. They do a lot to help the kids adjust.

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