Hi! I am currently a high school junior, and I need help figuring out what colleges match me. I am interested in microbiology, public health, or epidemiology areas. I really need to go to a school that has really good financial aid, too, because my family is broke af (like 7k for a household of 3). I want to go out of state, too, because my home life is terrible (mom has mental illness, so she doesn't work at all, and my older brother is always trapping and has a bad drug problem. Who knows where my dad at?) So not a school in the Dakotas/Iowa/Minnesota/Wisconsin area.
Some of my stats:
-GPA: 4.0 unweighted, 4.7 weighted
-ACT: 33 (I plan to retake again, just to see if I can get better)
-APs: My school only has two, Human Geo and Bio, but Bio fills two class periods instead of one, so I didn't take it. I got a 5 on AP Human Geo.
-Courseload: Junior Year: At school: NJROTC, PLTW Principles of Engineering, Honors French 4. At a community college: Calculus 1 and 2, General Biology, US History, Composition 1, Intro to Lit, Microeconomics, and Physics (across both semesters)
Senior year will be similar, I will be taking honors French 5, PLTW Civil Engineering and NJROTC at school and 4 courses/semester at the community college.
-last year, I did National History Day, and I got 1st place at state and 2nd at nationals for my research paper
-over this last summer, I did research in a microbiology lab and I still am, there's a chance my work I've done with my mentor, a post-doc, might get published later this year
-varsity volleyball, softball and basketball (captain of volleyball junior year, probably senior year too) (co-captain for softball sophomore, junior, and probably senior) (all conference awards in volleyball and softball) (all-state academic for volleyball) (I would try to get recruited for volleyball, but I have no idea how that even works )
-president of the Math Team (I usually place at regionals, but never too high at state lol)
-school store manager (I basically chill there when I don't have class, since my college class meet at weird times)
-NHS VP this year, I might run for pres next year
-In NJROTC, this year I'm Public Affairs Officer (I've had a few of my articles about my unit featured in the local/state newspaper) and commander of the Academic Team, and a member of the Physical Training team and on the Color Guard. Next year, I'm likely to be Commanding Officer, which is the top leadership position for the unit of 160 cadets.
-Upward Bound, which helps me with ACT prep, scholarships, and college apps
-I work like 24/hrs a week at movie theater after practice and on weekends, but a sizable chunk of this money goes towards paying for my car and its expenses, which I need to get between college, high school, and sports
My counselors have been pushing me to apply for Ivies, because my school is a large, public school with like 95% of students low-income and 50% ELL/immigrant, so we've never sent anyone to an Ivy. The closest we've gotten has been Tufts, Georgetown, and Carleton, and those were super big deals. But when I look at the accepted threads for Ivy's, there's no way I could get in >_< let alone afford them. I'm scared to take out loans, because my cousin did when he went to a state university, and now he's struggling to pay them back.
Do I fit any of the Ivies? What schools do I even match?