Most of these colleges look great. You'll have to bring up your GPA to at least a 3.2 and bring up your SAT writing score a bit (or try the ACTs). That community service will help you a lot, and schools like to see *improvement* in transcripts, not just those straight-a kids. If you really are taking the hardest courses and staying active with ec's, all these schools seem like matches. You usually can't apply to any in your junior year for freshman admission nowadays, but you can apply Early Action (non-binding) the fall of your senior year. Another option: Early Decision is binding and you can only apply to that one college. Do some research, check out these school's websites, and see which early admission plans are right for you.