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There is something that has been bugging me about this thread, and similar related threads, and last night I think that I finally figured out what is is.
I have been lucky in some ways. I have been lucky enough to meet multiple people in my life who have accomplished great things. Some have made major contributions to things that we all use every day. Some are relatively famous. A few are now quite rich (in some cases having started out quite poor). I once saw one person I know portrayed on a late night comedy show.
In talking to these people, and in a few cases knowing some for many years, none of them has ever used the term "elite". None of them has ever alluded to having gone to an "elite" school. None of them ever talked about wanting their kids to go to an "elite" school. I don't recall any of them ever talking about "prestige".
They talk about problems that they want to find a way to solve. They talk about what their kids are studying. They ask questions, often hard questions, about what I or a different person at the table is working on. They spar about who is going to pay for the $500 wine that they ordered with dinner (but the ones who can afford it are sparring, and they assume that one of them will). They talk about how they are now obsolete and the young kids (at the successful company that they founded) are the ones who made the company successful. They listen, and in particular they listen to other smart people.
In my experience, "Prestige" and "Elite" are terms that don't seem to be in the vocabulary of people who actually make a difference in the world.
My daughter who graduated high school a few weeks ago, and is headed away for college in the fall, just landed a job at a large well known low cost retail store. I was quite surprised. My suspicion is that she got it because she is bilingual.
Older daughter is working near her campus, in a job that she did part time during the university year.
I have seen what looks like college students walking dogs near our house.
When you get to more difficult classes, it is normal for grades to slip a little bit. Slipping less than one percentage point is Very little slip. Your weighted GPA almost certainly went up.
Where I come from a 97 is still an A+.
In university, you won't have all A+ grades. I guarantee it. ;-)
By the way, I was actually pleased when my younger daughter finally got a B+ on an interim progress report (not a final grade). I figured it would teach her that the world doesn't end when you get a B. Someday you too will learn the same lesson, and the world will not end for you either.
Are you sure that you entered the same information consistently with each entry? It is possible that you might have mis-typed something. You could re-do the most extreme colleges at each end and see if you still get the same result.
Also, do all of them claim to meet full need? Is merit aid included on any of them?
I have heard of differences between schools, but this is quite large.
First compare your GPA and ACT or SAT (if you have done the ACT or SAT yet) with the 25th and 75th percentiles for incoming students to see if it is even realistic that you might get in. Then run the NPC and see what it is likely to cost.
Most (nearly all) students are constrained by cost in terms of which universities they can afford, and many go to in-state public universities or community colleges in order to minimize the cost. Many of the in-state public universities are very good, and most students can find a very good match in-state.
The biggest scholarships are usually the need based and merit scholarships given out by the universities themselves. Both getting accepted at all and merit based awards will depend upon doing very well in high school, and on the SAT or ACT test results.