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I'm a junior in high school and I started my college search a couple of months ago.
At first, I didn't want to attend a religious school, but lately I've been drawn to Loyola. I'm not sure what it is about it. I almost feel like there's a sort of modern and practical energy about it, and I really want to attend a liberal arts school.
However, Loyola's test scores and GPAs aren't the highest. I have a 3.4 GPA right now (due to a really bad sophomore slump last year) which I'm working on bringing up, but my first time taking the SATs I got a 2060.
My question is: should I really be worrying so much about the numbers when judging a school's academic quality? Is Loyola an academically challenging school where the teachers are still available and maybe even caring? (Yes, I already know about their palace-like dorms. :P)
Both my parents attended Columbia University, so they have high hopes for me. I am also considering Johns Hopkins, but I really want to attend a school where I'll have time to relax somewhat, and 'higher-up' schools seem way too competitive for my tastes.
Am I selling myself short by shooting for a school like Loyola as opposed to Hopkins? HELP!!!