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Applying for college...tell of Diabetes?

Discussion in 'Diabetes and College' started by kateuhl, Mar 20, 2008.

  1. kateuhl

    kateuhl New Member

    Mar 20, 2008
    My son will be applying for college admission in the Fall. Is there any advantage/disadvantage to stating on the application that he has diabetes? Do the colleges try to accept more students with "disabilities"? Thanks.
  2. ccarrol4

    ccarrol4 Approved members

    Nov 1, 2007
    Honestly, I have no idea. I didn't state that I had D on my college application. However, I believe that colleges must accept a certain percentage of students with disablilites, the same way they must accept certain percentages of people from different ethnic backgrounds (that is if it's a public college.) Therefore, it may be to his benefit if applying to a public college, but I don't know about private colleges. Hope I was of some help.
  3. bgallini

    bgallini Approved members

    Feb 23, 2008
    I don't know if it makes any difference but my son did mention it on at least some of his applications. I figure it's more likely to help than hurt.
  4. TheFormerLantusFiend

    TheFormerLantusFiend Approved members

    Sep 10, 2006
    To the best of my knowledge, India is the only place where colleges have to reserve seats for disabled applicants, and diabetics aren't included in the disabled for that requirement unless they're blind or something like that.
    I would still mention it because colleges are looking for interesting people. If your son can say that he's interesting because he has learned from having diabetes or has made speeches at a diabetes fundraiser or whatever, then definitely include it. Otherwise don't.
    I hadn't been diagnosed when I applied to college, but the topic of my essay was about my struggles to participate in raising my brother (who is fourteen years younger than me) despite severe tactile defensiveness.
  5. ctwetten

    ctwetten Approved members

    Jan 11, 2006
    I was diagnosed just a few days before the start of my senior year of high school. That's what I wrote about in my "personal essay" for my application. I felt awkward about it, but tried to write more about my reaction to it than the poor me, here's what happened to me stuff. It was such a big struggle and adjustment at the time that I didn't see how I could not write about it. I got in to all but my stretch school, that I didn't think I'd get into anyway, so I don't think it made a difference, or at least not a negative one.
  6. funnygrl

    funnygrl Approved members

    Nov 2, 2005
    No, I would not put diabetes on a college application.
  7. livacreature

    livacreature Approved members

    Sep 30, 2007
    I wouldn't. I made a note of it on my housing application post acceptance. It didn't have a drastic role on my academic performance in the big picture or my SAT scores so I didn't feel the need. If he wants to, it is his decision, but i doubt it would have much to do with his being accepted or not.
  8. Mermaid

    Mermaid Approved members

    Apr 15, 2008
    Advice from someone who's been there: DON'T TELL!!!!
  9. geekguyandy

    geekguyandy Approved members

    Apr 24, 2008

    I am a senior in college, and at least in the United States, I see no reason why mentioning diabetes would be necessary, but also no reason to hold back he information. Basically, it doesn't matter.

    If you are talking with admissions representatives, it can be an interesting discussion topic as long as you don' get into the gritty details of injections. Talk more about how it made you more mature or overcome obstacles.

    If you are applying for financial aid, use it to plea that you need extra financial support because you spend so much on your health care, which sets up a disadvantage.

    Some schools have support groups, maybe even a club if it is a big enough school. But as someone who has worked in admissions, I don't see any reason stating that you are diabetic would hurt.

  10. TonyCap

    TonyCap Approved members

    Mar 28, 2008
    I don't think it will really improve the chances of acceptance.
  11. jessika72

    jessika72 Approved members

    May 9, 2008
    I put it in my personal statement when I applied to undergrad (SDSU) and when I applied to Law School. I applied to 22 schools (ranking from #2-tier 3) and I was accepted to about 15 of the schools. I think it makes a difference for law school because they need some way to differentiate between the applicants, but I dont believe it makes a difference for undergrad. I would still tell.
  12. Juliefx

    Juliefx Approved members

    Apr 8, 2007

    We just went through the whole college application thing this past year. My daughter did not want to mention diabetes on her application, so she did not. However, her guidance counselor did mention as well as one of her teachers that did a recommendation letter. He wrote about how much of an inspiration she is to him, so I think it probably went in her favor. Bottom line is that she applied to four colleges and got accepted to all of them.
  13. KhaosFaerie

    KhaosFaerie Approved members

    Apr 30, 2008
    I have never mentioned my diabetes in any of my applications until now and it wasn't even in the application it was in a personal discussion with a recruiter. He was interested in it. He has family members that had the LADA, or Type 1.5, as some people call it. No other school that I have attended including the one where I got my associates degree and where i am at now. Close friends that I know and went to school with knew but that was about it.
  14. MTmicah

    MTmicah New Member

    May 31, 2008
    I'd agree with what's been said - that it's not really all that important. I'm fairly sure that acceptance or rejection cannot be seriously based on a medical condition such as diabetes.
    That said, if one is comfortable talking about it, I think it makes great material for the personal essays and discussion topics during interviews. I wrote my essay on how diabetes really forces me to recognize and take responsibility for my actions, b/c dealing with insulin and blood sugars and everything else really reinforces that cause-effect relationship between my actions and my health. When I went for a scholarship interview, the professor brought up my essay and we talked about it for a bit.
    I wouldn't say that diabetes itself is going to have a lot of effect on getting in to college, but you can use it as an avenue to show colleges another side of you beyond the academic transcript. Admissions evaluators like to see a complete person, so they like to hear about struggles that you've been through (or are continuing to go through, in the case of diabetes), in addition to all the work you've put into your transcript and test scores and all of that.

    Good luck with the applications!
  15. SGHanna

    SGHanna Approved members

    Aug 30, 2008
    at my school, i went to special services and registered for "disability". i mean, if having diabetes and announcing it to the college means getting priority registration, why not? i didn't have to put it on my app, but i did talk to the special services over there. they don't treat me any different. but getting my classes before everyone else is a huge help, especially with an eating schedule.. or just to get the classes you need. and if i ever need to leave class due to a diabetic emergency, my teachers won't penalize me.

    i've had nothing but great things :)
  16. _erica

    _erica New Member

    Oct 19, 2008
    I never mentioned it in my application, nor did I ever register at the disabilities office, but I do know that I did write about my experiences in the "personal essay" aspect of the application.

    Strangely enough, the school I decided to go to didn't have a "personal essay" on their application, instead they gave me a philosophical question I had to answer in essay-format.
  17. skimom

    skimom Approved members

    Jan 16, 2008
    My son was able to get accomodations through the special services office (which he had to use last week - with the flu, the doctor at the university clinic told him he was in no way going to write a test in his condition and sent him with a letter to give to the prof - prof was great and immediately made concessions to write at an alternate time)The diabetes also allowed him to move up the list for residence as they said it was critical that he be in a safe, known environment . We also thought it was critical that the university knew (at leastin residence) so if something goes wrong healthwise, then he would get the help he needs.
    We don't like to play the D card but sometimes it is the smart and responsible thing to do.
  18. Mom2Meghan

    Mom2Meghan Approved members

    Dec 7, 2008
    I work in college admissions and the only reason that it would matter to our admissions committee would be if because of diabetes related illness or hospitalization the high school grades were bad.

    If not the situation above, I wouldn't mention it.

    I would, however, let the housing office and staff know of your dx.
  19. TerpSteph

    TerpSteph Approved members

    Apr 24, 2008
    My son did use it as the topic of his essay and he may have mentioned it somewhere in the application. We felt this was appropriate because he was diagnosed in March of his junior year. His grades are good, but they did take a little drop that last quarter when he missed school because of the hospitalization and follow-up appointments. It also messed up his SAT schedule because he was put on NPH/Reg at diagnosis and we had to reschedule the test because he didn't have an accomodation to allow him to snack/test during the exam.
  20. runnersmom

    runnersmom Approved members

    Dec 2, 2009
    On a similar note....

    Does anyone have any experience with athletic scholarships and diabetes? My daughter is being considered for athletic scholarships at several colleges. She was only diagnosed in July. We are struggling with whether to tell the coaches before she accepts any offers. Anyone have any opinions?

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