I'm a rising senior looking to find good matches and reaches to apply to. I already have two safeties that I think fit me pretty well - UIUC (in-state, dad's alma mater) and University of Colorado-Boulder (I love this campus and I love Colorado! mom's alma mater). However, please let me know if you think I need better safeties.
What I'm looking for in a school (most important to least important):
-D1 athletics with lots of school spirit
-highly ranked engineering or computer science programs
-attractiveness of the student body
-academic flexibility (easy to change majors, not a ton of required classes)
-good study abroad program
-good reputation in CO (where I'd like to live when I'm older)
- ACT: 33 (35 E, 35 M, 34 R, 29 S)
- SAT II: taking Math II, USH, and Bio in October (I know, I really put it off - expecting 750-800's)
- Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): over a 4.0
- Rank: 5/200ish with upward trend
- AP: none yet - only 2 AP courses offered at my school. I was told the lack of opportunities at my school wouldn't hurt me. Thoughts?
- Senior Year Course Load: most rigorous throughout high school - AP Lit, AP Calc (BC isn't offered), Physics, Spanish IV, Micro/Macro Econ, American Government, Athletic PE (required for all athletes)
- Major Awards: All-State Soccer, All-Sectional Soccer, 2-time All-Conference Soccer, 2-time Academic All-Conference Soccer/Basketball, broke hs soccer record for most assists in career
- Extracurriculars: Student-Body President, Varsity Soccer Captain, 9 years of travel soccer, Varsity Basketball Captain, NHS, Spanish Club, 5 years of piano, Fellowship of Christian Athletes
- Job/Work Experience: Soccer referee for the area youth league, basketball referee for saturday youth league, daily yard work for my dad >
- Volunteer/Community service: ~100 hours through sanctioned activities for NHS, Special Olympics Basketball Referee, Organized our town's Christmas Parade, ~50 hours with my church
- Summer Activities: Usually consumed with soccer and basketball camps and soccer tournaments - I try to find time to do a bit of computer programming, reading, going to the pool, hanging out with friends, and learning new things through online classes at Stanford/MIT
- School Type:Public
- Income Bracket:250-300k
- Hooks: This isn't a hook, but I'm being recruited by many schools for soccer (UChicago, WUSTL, and other small Midwest schools). I really love playing soccer and I want to play in college; I don't care if it's for a varsity team or club team. The schools I'm really interested in haven't had the chance to see me play, but I would be able to email the coaches of the schools I'm applying to to ask about the possibility of walking on. Would this help me at very competitive schools if a coach let admissions officers know that I would be a walk on if admitted?
I realize that one of my biggest weaknesses is pursuing my academic interests outside of the classroom. Being kept so busy with sports has kept me from doing anything spectacular like a lot of the people on CC. I really am very interested in computers and engineering, but the only thing I've been able to do is teach myself programming languages and I have nothing to show for that. How will colleges look at my involvement with sports when trying to see if I have any academic interests outside of school?
Thank you for reading my thread!