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Where do the casual, non-hipster, jock/outdoorsy kids go to college?
I though he would be easy, but it's proving a little more difficult than I anticipated to come up with a manageable list.
He would like:
Wide range of majors. He is undecided. Perhaps Econ, criminology, business, history. Quite into the idea of being in intelligence at some point. Not STEM oriented.
Easy access to outdoor actvities, especially in winter.
Non-hipster environment, but reasonably liberal. He is fine with anything in moderation though.
Not too small. Most LACs are out*.
Not too big. His ideal size is probably 5-15k.
He does not want an intellectual environment: "Those people are super annoying."
Would like to play club lacrosse in college.
Would like decent school spirit and ideally a football team, but ice hokey and lax are cool too.
In the ideal world, a college that might allow subbing foreign Lang requirements for something else. (That would be awesome.)
We would like:
More small classes than large. Small classes are the ideal. He is dyslexic and dysgraphic, so colleges with services/accomodations for such kids are a bonus.
A good reputation.
Good career services, good alumni network.
Good reptuation in wide range of majors.
Smaller classes (may be a sticking point because he likes larger schools than typical LACs.)
Good outdoor access.
Solid B+/A- student. I expect this to hopefully flip to A-/B+ next two years.
He has taken 1 AP so far. (Our school generally allows only jr/seniors to take AP.)
3 honors Frosh, 3 honors soph.
2 IB next year, 3 honors.
Anticipated senior year schedule has two APs and two-three honors.
Only two years of high school level FL, and that will never, ever change. It was his biggest nightmare.
Anticipated ACT score of 30-32. (Based on pre ACT score of 28. I am a test prep tutor, so we expect he will improve.)
Plays lacrosse, will be varsity next year.
Other actvities: Model UN, volunteering, work.
Finances: We have money saved and finances are ok.
So far, he is interested in or is considering:
U New Hampshire
SUNY New Paltz
UC Santa Barbara
U of San Diego
Oddball: West Point, because he likes the idea of discipline and fitness, plus the potential to get into intelligence. He has been there a number of times for sports events and loves the atmosphere.
I would like him to also consider:
*I wish he would consider:
Bates (Academics too tough? Sis attends.)
Dickinson (Has visited and liked, when sis was accepted.)
Whitman (Academics too tough maybe?)
He does not have a dream school. He doesn't have strong feelings about any particular college. He is totally not interested in prestige. He may not end up with a reach school. Suggestions appreciated!