If you want to add another safer option, look at St Olaf in Northfield, MN. You will definitely get four seasons there! And cold winters. The campus is lovely and the nearby town is pleasant. It has a very strong record of getting students into medical school and also offers substantial merit scholarships of up to 50% the total cost of attendance.
Carleton, another strong STEM school, is in the same town, but does not offer merit scholarships.
I know you said your father will support you through medical school but that's a lot of money over many years and economizing at the undergraduate level is worth considering. Does he have a clear understanding that full pay at an elite private college or university could be as much as 300K for a four year undergraduate degree?
You can probably aim higher but it's good to have a mix of reaches, matches, safeties - both from a financial and an admissions point of view.
You look like a very strong candidate. Best of luck!
I would take a look at Wesleyan and Oberlin - each at about 3,000 students, so large by LAC standards. Vassar is about 2,400. Being male provides a small admissions boost at LACs. We visited all of these schools and the student vibe might appeal to your son.
Wash U's admission rate is less than 20% and demonstrated interest is important. Lovely school, but I wouldn't classify the the student vibe as predominantly "edgy" or progressive.
@Veryapparent There is an A&S orchestra for non-con faculty and students and they play at a very high level. There are some videos on youtube if you want to check it out.
So far, D has been listening to music more than producing it. She's focusing on her studies first and as she gets a better sense of how much time she has for other things, she will pick up extracurricular activities. She does report that the concerts she has been attending are superb. The musical performances at orientation were phenomenally good.
My D also preferred St Olaf over Wooster. St Olaf was one of my favorite campus visits. The personalized and kind attention from the office of admissions and their student employees was exceptional.
However, my D had her heart set on Oberlin. Academically, she has found it very challenging so far and I believe that she has chosen well.
@3scoutsmom Yes, I get that, but it seems more sensible for students to take it both years. There are probably parents that are unaware of the stakes for the junior year sitting and it seems a shame that their kids might miss out on an opportunity for National Merit.
Have him give up a Saturday morning and take the PSAT. Based on his sophomore results, he has a chance. There are also some schools that award merit scholarships for students that score in the commended range (which is usually 97% and above).
I heard about this policy from somebody who lives in the east and I thought it was crazy. Why have the schools require the SAT for sophomores, when it doesn't "count," but not for junior year when the payoff is potentially great for both the students and the school's reputation?