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Can't Find Any Good Match Schools

1qwertyuiop191qwertyuiop19 Registered User Posts: 27 New Member
High stats (1600 SAT, top 1% rank)+strong extracurricular Asian male from NJ, applying for CS.

Reaches:
- MIT
- Stanford
- Princeton
- Cornell
- UPenn
- Caltech
- CMU (SCS)
- MAYBE UIUC but it would be 50k and they give out very little merit scholarships, so probably not.

Safeties:
- UMD (Need good scholarship since out of state)
- Rutgers (Expecting very good scholarship)

EFC around 35k
Would be willing to pay max 40k/year for top-tier school, 25k-30k otherwise

The most often suggested match schools, Northeastern, Boston University, UIUC, U Michigan, U Rochester, Stevens, and even Rose-Hulman etc. are too expensive (a lot of them come out to 50k-60k per year after using the net price calculator, which my family cannot pay for undergrad). The schools that may be affordable with merit scholarships (U Minnesota, Ohio State) either turn out to be safeties or still expensive 30k+ (RPI) and I would pick Rutgers over them, so no use in applying! Can anyone recommend really good match schools with significant merit scholarships?




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Replies to: Can't Find Any Good Match Schools

  • wisteria100wisteria100 Registered User Posts: 2,855 Senior Member
    Lafayette gives merit and has a good science program. Not sure about cs though, but worth a look. You would likely get merit at GW and Tulane
  • DadTwoGirlsDadTwoGirls Registered User Posts: 2,305 Senior Member
    McGill would be a good match. Getting a scholarship might be unlikely, but the cost without any scholarship falls within your budget.

    Rutgers is of course a great safety.
  • paveyourpathpaveyourpath Registered User Posts: 1,284 Senior Member
    BU does have a few merit scholarship opportunities (National Merit, Trustees and Presidential). You need to apply before Dec 1 for consideration even if you are applying regular decision. The scholarships were $20K/ yr last year. National Merit may be higher for the next application cycle because I believe I read it would be 50% of the tuition.
  • AroundHereAroundHere Registered User Posts: 2,205 Senior Member
    Sometimes there are no "pure" matches.

    My daughter's college list turned out the same way, due to a combination of her niche interests and net price calculator reality.

    She has safety schools and reach schools. Her match schools are the honors programs at her safeties. Maybe take a second look at Maryland, Minnesota and Ohio honors. If Rutgers honors is not 100% safe, apply to one or two more honors programs.
  • ShrimpBurritoShrimpBurrito Registered User Posts: 907 Member
    Rochester and Case Western offer decent merit.
  • 1qwertyuiop191qwertyuiop19 Registered User Posts: 27 New Member
    Hey, thanks for the responses so far. Tulane does not offer a CS program. McGill lookes nice and I'll look into it more but I'd prefer to stay in the U.S. for college (looks like it'll be 35k-40k + plane tickets). Most of the full need colleges on that wikipedia list look like reaches haha.
  • 1qwertyuiop191qwertyuiop19 Registered User Posts: 27 New Member
    Also what sucks is that schools like Boston University apparently don't stack merit aid with need-based aid, so even if I end up with a nice 20k merit scholarship, it"ll just lower the financial aid by that much (but eliminate the loans).
  • 4Gulls4Gulls Registered User Posts: 362 Member
    University Pittsburgh and university Richmond have some full ride scholarships. Require applying early. Look into those
  • YnotgoYnotgo Registered User Posts: 3,419 Senior Member
    edited August 12
    How much need-based aid would you get at Rice or Mudd? USC (are you likely National Merit=at least 1/2 tuition merit)? Make sure you check the CMU deadline for getting financial air paperwork in to be eligible for merit. Olin (computer engineering, not CS)?
  • STF4717STF4717 Registered User Posts: 80 Junior Member
    Look at Pitt, UMBC, and NC State!
  • NJWrestlingmomNJWrestlingmom Registered User Posts: 241 Junior Member
    My son's friend's parents make their kids pay for 2 years of their college. CMU was her dream, she didn't get accepted (good stats but lower than you) and ended up at U of NC. Unfortunately all I know is not Chapel Hill, but another campus and financial aid was very generous. Good luck!
  • JAGmomJAGmom Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    edited August 13
    Northeastern gives generous merit scholarships. Their offers vary but if I recall correctly about 28K with the Honors Program.
  • 1qwertyuiop191qwertyuiop19 Registered User Posts: 27 New Member
    Rice and Mudd would both be $38,000, including $8k of combined loans/work-study, but I think I am applying to so many reach schools that adding more isn't going to increase the chances of getting into one (no one from my school has ever got into harvey mudd, but only 1 to 4 people out of 800 apply every year, and very few people to Rice). I think I just made the NJ cutoff for Nation Merit SF, so i will likely be a finalist - good for USC and Northeastern, but they come in at 60k and 50k respectively, so I don't know if I can afford them even with a merit scholarship (which might reduce the very little need-based aid they give). Not really interested in a liberal arts school unless it has a significant STEM focus like Harey Mudd.
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