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Yes, it's another "help me make a list" thread. But. There are thousands of good colleges (I don't care much about "name") so it's hard for me to narrow down choices.
3.8 UW GPA
2140 SAT (800 W, 740 CR, 600 M)
So far, ranked somewhere in the top 15/~500 - 600 (not sure how large my class is, gotta check)
Things I'm looking for in a college.
1.) Community. I'll be honest, I don't have many friends in HS. Not for a lack of trying either. I want to go to a college where it's easy to make friends, everyone feels part of a community, people are friendly, and most people are involved with the campus and activities.
2.) Great financial aid. I know everyone wants this, but my parents aren't really even sure if they want to help me pay for college at all, so.
3.) Fun school but not a party school. I barely drink, never do drugs (not even MJ), don't like to be around people who are often drunk or stoned. But I want the school to be fun, not study study study 24/7. Hopefully a campus where student groups, having silly fun, zany traditions, just chilling in people's rooms, and stuff are the source of fun more than parties.
4.) Intellectual but not so rigorous that I don't have time to live. I want a campus where people care about school, talk about classes, intelligent conversations, etc. But I also want to have time to get involved with activities, try out stuff I've never done, make friends, and not feel overwhelmed by my studies.
5.) Location can be anywhere. I'm from California so I'd kinda like to experience something new, four seasons (as long as they're not too harsh) and stuff. I'd like the campus to be in a small, charming town that has decent access to a city but probably not one directly in a city (if it takes away from campus life). Small cities with a cool, college town vibe are great too (like Asheville).
So far, Carleton is probably my first choice.
Thanks a lot for any suggestions. Oh, and I'm also open to women's colleges.