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Can you recommend me some colleges?

lessonwitch2lessonwitch2 Registered User Posts: 505 Member
I am a junior and I want to get into mechanical engineering in college but I have a bad gpa. Since sophomore year my guidance counselor told me that I couldn't bring up my grades up enough for a decent engineering school with undergraduate research opportunities.

I want to find a school with undergraduate research opportunities, summer Study-Abroad-for-credit trips, a BS/MS program, and/or a 1 year Co Op program. I need them to be a schools that gives out merit aid that I MAY qualify for since I'm likely going to receive very little financial aid.

My Stats
Goal - SAT 1300 (m 650 and cr 650)
Goal - ACT 30 (m27 and cr27)
Goal - Top 25% of graduating class
PSAT – 1270 (600m, 670cr &w)(Will improve)
GPA – 3.42 w, 3.28uw (Will improve – I'm bringing up a 1.9 gpa freshman year)
Class rank: 176/702(Will improve) (magnet school)

My Classes
9th_____________10th________________11th ____________ 12th

Spanish 2_______ Spanish 3(H)________Comp Sci 1(IB)____ Comp Sci 2 (IB)
Geometry(H)_____ Algebra 2(H)_________Pre-Calculus (DC)__ Calculus AB (AP)
Biology 1 (AP)____Chemistry 1(H)_______Physics 1 (AP) __ *Chemistry 2 (AP)
English 1(H)______English 2 (Pre AP)___English Lang (AP)__English Lit (*DC or AP)
Human Geo(AP)__World History (AP)_____US History (DC)____US Gov (DC) / Psychology (DC)
Ac Oct___________Ac Oct____________ Ac Dec(H)________*Algebraic Music or Engineering Design
Art 1 (IB)_________Film 2 (IB)_________ Film 3 (IB)________ Film 4 (IB)
Soccer___________Construction mgnt __Color guard _______ Color Guard / Ac Dec (H)

My Clubs
Church youth group – founder / president (2010-present) and 1500 hours of community service
Academic Decathlon – President and winner in math, science, music, and economics (2013(or 2011 if you count lone star) -present)
Book Club – President (2014-present)
Film making society – Officer and music composer (2014 – present)
Color Guard / Winter guard – (2014 (Composer) and 2015(member) – present)
Technology Student Association (structural design) (2015-present)


Here's the list of schools I'm eyeing.
Reach -University of Southern California
Reach - UT (@Austin)
Reach - UT - D
Fair Bet - Texas A&M
Fair Bet - Texas Tech
Safety-Texas State University

Replies to: Can you recommend me some colleges?

  • Nevets04Nevets04 Registered User Posts: 137 Junior Member
    You're actually an automatic admit at UT Dallas (1200 SAT score + all required credits = assured admission).
  • Nevets04Nevets04 Registered User Posts: 137 Junior Member
    ^ EDIT: I didn't realize that those were projected SAT scores. Sorry about that. But yeah, if you're confident that you can get a 1200+, then UTD is a safety for you. Also, UTD is very generous with merit scholarships, so you should definitely look into that.

    I'm surprised Texas A&M isn't higher on your list. Doesn't A&M have a better mechanical engineering program than UTD? I would assume so, but I'm not positive.


  • lessonwitch2lessonwitch2 Registered User Posts: 505 Member
    @Nevets04

    Texas A&M and USC are my dream schools, but since USC is harder to get into then A&M I put it above. And thanks, I I though UT-D only had the top 15% admissions thing. That's one less competitive school for me to deal with! :)
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