My college search process has just entered its most stressful portion. My junior year is wrapping up, and my parents are putting on the pressure to visit more schools. I have already visited a fair amount of schools, and so far my top 3 are UCSB, Alabama (which I truly loved), and the University of Washington.
My parents, however, think that I should be touring more prestigious schools, and my father is especially preoccupied on rankings and prestige. He thinks I should be touring schools like Boston College, Vassar, Dartmouth, and Vanderbilt. I feel like these expectations are overly optimistic and spending time/money visiting these schools would be a waste.
What type of schools do you ladies and gents think would be some more realistic match/reach schools for me to tour this summer before I send out my apps this fall?
UW GPA: 3.75 (3.77 after this semester)
W GPA: 3.99 (4.04 after this semester)
UC GPA: 4.11 (4.17 after this semester)
Senior Year Course Load
AP Enviro. Science.
Speech and debate
AP's - Euro, Stats, US history, 1 semester of English language (dropped after 1st semester due to issues with teacher)
Honors: Chem, Spanish IV
ACT Composite: 33
Math: 32 Eng: 36 Reading: 36 Science: 28 Essay: 7/12
Testing again in June
Work experience, some minor volunteering, lacrosse, lots of clubs eg. Spanish, Underrated Extra Man, Ping Pong, Young Democrats
VP of Senior Class
Honor roll every year
Second place in regional science fair
Scholar Athlete Award every year
Speech and Debate Positive Record
Major: I'm juggling environmental science, econ/management, poli sci, and 100% film production as a minor.
Financial: No FA needed, but it would of course be a bonus
Location: Does not really matter, but I do like the South quite a bit. Sweet tea, warm weather, and Southern hospitality definitely stood out as selling points at Alabama and U of SC when I visited.
Thanks in advance CC!