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The quirky kid's guide to choosing colleges

pkarr5000pkarr5000 Registered User Posts: 104 Junior Member
Hi, I need help choosing the right college for me. First of all, here are my stats:

3.0 gpa- Taking 2 AP classes this year (both english), will be higher after first semester of senior year
1940 SAT 590 verbal, 640 math, 710 writing
Major EC - Senior Governing Council Representative, writer for newspaper
minority- upper middle class iranian
great essays
decent rec's
I also go to a prestigous private school in Houston that has connections with
Texas schools.

I know I'm applying for sure to Trinity University, Southwestern, UT-Austin, Centre and Hendrix. However, I need to add colleges that match my personality. I'd like a college that isn't very religous, has roughly 2000 students, has a great music scene (for rock, jazz bands) and accepts quirky students who are different and creative, the types of students who love music and movies and writing. I would like to major in psychology. Is there such a college out there? I need help, thanks.
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Replies to: The quirky kid's guide to choosing colleges

  • huskem55huskem55 User Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 4,284 Senior Member
    are you willing to go out west or northeast?
  • semiserioussemiserious Registered User Posts: 736 Member
    Depending on where you're willing to go:

    Bard, Sarah Lawrence, Reed, Oberlin, Earlham, & Pitzer
  • pkarr5000pkarr5000 Registered User Posts: 104 Junior Member
    I'd prefer to stay in or east of Texas. I dont think I'd be comfortable out west. I'm currently looking at southeast schools and stumbled upon Oglethorpe. How is this school? It seems like a match
  • pyewacketpyewacket Registered User Posts: 1,682 Senior Member
    I agree with semiserious--check out Bard and Sarah Lawrence.
  • jym626jym626 Registered User Posts: 56,298 Senior Member
    I know you are in Tx, but UT- Austin doesn't really fit any of your criteria. IS there another state school that might fit better, like San Antonio?
    Also consider New College of Florida. It fits your bill.
  • carolyncarolyn Registered User Posts: 7,435 Senior Member
    Hendrix in Arkansas would be a much better fit for you than Trinity or Southwestern.

    Other schools to look into as possible match schools for someone with your GPA and test scores: Guilford (NC), Beloit (Wisc.), Earlham (Indiana), Goucher (MD), University of Redlands Johnston School of Integrative Studies (Calif), Evergreen State (Washington), Clark University (Mass).
  • HannaHanna Registered User Posts: 14,800 Senior Member
    Sounds like you'd love Macalester, but like Reed, it'd be an ultra-reach with your numbers. Have you thought about re-taking the SAT, or do you feel sure that you were well prepared and this is the best you can do?

    I agree that you should look into New College.
  • pkarr5000pkarr5000 Registered User Posts: 104 Junior Member
    thanks guys, ill look up those collegs on princetonreview for now. I already looked at new college of florida. isnt it a bit too small and would they accept an out of state student with my numbers and give some aid? Other than that, it looks amazing
  • momgeh50momgeh50 Registered User Posts: 87 Junior Member
    New College is small (about 750 - 800) so does not match your preference for a school of 2000 but my daughter is very happy there. She was looking for a non-prep, but friendly environment with serious academics. She seems to have found her niche. She had an ok GPA from her competitive boarding school in tough courses and had decent SATs (710, 690) - got very good merit money as an out of stater. Look seriously at NCF, it may have what you want. Very helpful admissions staff.
  • pkarr5000pkarr5000 Registered User Posts: 104 Junior Member
    jym- You're right about UT-Austin. I thought it would be fun to see If I could slip in but even If I did get lucky, I dont think Id like it...

    These colleges are set in stone though- Trinity, Southwestern, Centre & Hendrix, New College of Florida (replacing UT)

    Here are some other colleges Im interested in. What are my chances and would I be happy there? I've had a sudden urge to leave Texas and venture into the Northeast.

    Colby (reach, I know)
    Gordon College
    Hampshire College
    Quinnipiac
    Clark University

    I'm also in need for aid, so if any schools you know from experience offer generous packages to for SAT scores/essays/ minority status, that would be great. oh and any schools that are big with ultimate frisbee would be icing on the cake...
  • pyewacketpyewacket Registered User Posts: 1,682 Senior Member
    Chances look very good to me at Hampshire, Quinnipiac and maybe Clark for you.
  • SBmomSBmom Registered User Posts: 5,725 Senior Member
    Isn't Gordon a Christian college? Might be rough re the quirkiness factor.
  • pkarr5000pkarr5000 Registered User Posts: 104 Junior Member
    Yeah, I feel the same way about Gordon. I already have an uber religious college on my list (Baylor)

    What do you think about these?

    Mercer
    Guilford
    Transylvania
    Knox College
  • SBmomSBmom Registered User Posts: 5,725 Senior Member
    I am not well informed about those four...

    Guilford should be low key Party wise. Same with Earlham. Both are Quaker (lots of non-Quaker kids, though, and Quakerism is not heavy handed faith) and both are officially dry. However, "moist" is probably more like it.
  • par72par72 Registered User Posts: 4,208 Senior Member
    Some very good schools in New England don't require SAT's-Holy Cross and Bowdoin. While HC is Jesuit as is Georgetown it recruits diversity. Also Holy Cross has alumni clubs in both Houston and Dallas.
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