I am currently in my senior year of high school looking to make some choices for where to apply for schools. I am ranked top 20% in my class of 260, with a weighted GPA of 3.743(which will increase slightly throughout this year). I have taken honors and AP courses throughout my high school years. My AP classes include English literature and comp, English language and comp(4), calculus AB, and statistics(3). I am currently enrolled in calculus and English lit. I have taken the ACT 3 times and plan on taking it again come October. I have received a 27 composite each time. My best scores however are as follows: English31, math27, reading 33, and science 25. I've only taken writing once but scored an 8. I am interested in pursuing a degree in the engineering field. I do not know what specific degree I would like, but I am very interested in chemistry. My residency is in Ohio, but I am also looking at out of state schools. My top choices are:
Ohio state university
University of Cincinnati
University of South Carolina
And Florida state university.
Amongst these choices where do you think I should go? Why? I enjoy the southern climate and would enjoy getting away from home. I am very interested in merit scholarships from schools and would very much like to pay as little as possible as cost is a major factor in my search. I am also open to other similar schools in the southern region. Also, do the "best engineering colleges" lists have any particular relevance or would I be okay to go to florida state? Any and all help is very appreciated!