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Safety Schools for High Achieveing Student?
Hi all, I am a rising senior in high school trying to narrow down the list of colleges I want to apply to. I am considered top of my class (my school doesn't rank though) but I am not the valedictorian. I have an UW GPA of 96% and a W GPA of 100%. I got a 1460 on the new SAT but haven't taken subject tests yet. By the end of next year I will have taken 12 honors classes, 7 APs, and 1 college math class. I have always loved learning and I want to be surrounded by students who are mature and feel the same way about academics at college. In high school I started an American Sign Language Club and am president of the Teens Against Tobacco Club. I am also a member of FBLA (I went to nationals one year and placed in the top 9 at states this year). I have been playing college-level piano for three years and have been taking lessons for 7. I don't want to pursue music in school, but will consider classes in music. I also volunteer 2 hrs/week at my local hospital. In addition, I live on a farm and raise rescue animals. I run the social media pages and website for the farm. Lastly, during my freshman year of high school I was diagnosed with a chronic illness that caused me to miss a lot of classes for doctors appointments or pain and I went through rigorous Physical Therapy during HS. I am covered under a 504 Disabilty Plan at my school and have a few accommodations (but they're fairly simple and most schools should cover them. I will be meeting with disabilty directors at schools before I apply). However, I have chosen to take all of this in stride, and I hope to go into school Pre-Med with business and English minors. I am also an ambassador for Sick Chicks, which is an international program. I basically host support groups and get-togethers for ill and disabled youth. So, with all of that in mind, I should start by saying that I have always dreamed of the Ivy League. Princeton, Harvard, and UPenn (specifically) would be my dream schools. I'm thinking of applying to them as my reaches. I was thinking that a school like Lafayette could be my "fit school" and I am also looking into Williams, Amherst, and Wellesley. Are these schools too competitive for "fit" schools? Where else should I be looking? As for safety schools, I am thinking about Villanova, TCNJ, possibly Penn State. However, I'm NOT looking for large Greek life or party schools, and would absolutely prefer a school more focused on academics (it's fine if there is Greek life, I just don't want it to be too big of a deal because I am unable to drink or party due to alcohol intolerance and migraines from my disease so I don't want social lives to be capitalized at the school). I am looking at schools in the Northeast. NO WHERE in the South (I hate the heat and humidity!) and no where west because I don't want to be too far away from home. Money isn't a factor in my decision and I would prefer a small campus. Anyway, any suggestions of fit schools and safety schools would be greatly appreciated and any opinions on if I'm reaching too high or already looking at good schools for me would be welcome too. Thanks so much!