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College List, can you help me?

Theatreguy999Theatreguy999 Registered User Posts: 26 New Member
I'm a current junior and very interested in applying to selective Liberal Arts colleges with great Humanities and Social Science Departments, though I am up for exploring alternatives. I especially value an active student Theatre. I'm thinking of colleges with good city access (maybe within an hour or two from a major city), and great study abroad programs (to Southern Europe, UK, North Africa) matters. If you know of any colleges that fit that criteria (or are close), please help me out, thanks! :-bd

so far this is the list (I've self-divided, see what you think)

All Claremont colleges (except Scripps and H-Mudd)

Sarah Lawrence


My basic stats include:
Gpa: 4.3 weighted (4.6 in junior year), 3.8 unweighted
Course Schedule: Rigorous. Maxed out on my school's AP courses, and have taken several Honors
Extracurricular: Multiple leadership roles (Drama, MUN, Environmental club, school Ambassador)
Award Societies: National Honor Society, California Scholarship Federation, Boy's State Rep.
I am an underrepresented minority (Hispanic)

Any thoughts on my list/ anything to add?

Replies to: College List, can you help me?

  • thermomthermom Registered User Posts: 403 Member
    for the theatre focus two that come to mind are Skidmore and Muhlenberg
  • lalalemmalalalemma Registered User Posts: 840 Member
    edited May 16
    You have a good list. If you want more options for low matches, check out Muhlenberg, Bard, Brandeis, Connecticut College, and Skidmore. Goucher would be a good safety.
  • merc81merc81 Registered User Posts: 7,250 Senior Member
    edited May 16
    City access would be challenging from some of your listed choices.

    Of the colleges you have identified as reaches, Vassar may most closely match your stated criteria.
  • merc81merc81 Registered User Posts: 7,250 Senior Member
    edited May 17
    Of your listed match schools, Kenyon would be ideal for your academic interests, perhaps the best in this regard from your entire group, but the school defines its setting by small village life much more so than by relative proximity to the populous Columbus.

    Sarah Lawrence and Occidental would be potentially excellent fits for your criteria.

    Fordham seems to be an appealing safer admit.
  • merc81merc81 Registered User Posts: 7,250 Senior Member
    Williams is removed both by distance and topography from large cities, though Albany can be reached within an hour.
  • lr4550lr4550 Registered User Posts: 870 Member
    If you are willing to consider the PNW check out University of Puget Sound for a safe option that meets your criteria- proximity to Seattle, strong academics and well known student theater. Not sure if you have financial needs/constraints to consider but UPS is generous with merit aid that can stack an additional scholarship for theater students.

    Not sure how the theater program is at Lewis & Clark but for sure consider it as well for a likely admit option with lots of merit aid. Amazing location, strong academics, well regarded study abroad program.
  • CrewDadCrewDad Registered User Posts: 1,602 Senior Member
    edited May 17
    @thearteguy999 Some of your colleges are on the list. There are others that are worth considering.

    4 metrics:
    1. Percentage entering elite professional schools (for MBA/JD/MD).
    2. Production of "American Leaders", who are mostly leaders in business, government, and the arts.
    3. Percentage winning prestigious national student awards.
    4. Percentage getting PhDs.
    Ivies & equivalents (16 RU's and 14 LAC's):
    8: HYPSM + WAS LACs and Brown
    7: Chicago, Cornell, Rice, Pomona, Haverford
    6: Columbia, Dartmouth, Duke, Northwestern, Bowdoin, Wesleyan
    5: Caltech, Georgetown, UPenn, Bryn Mawr, Carleton, CMC, Oberlin, Reed, Smith, Wellesley

    Near-Ivies (8 RU's, 2 service academies and 7 LACs):
    4: Cal, UMich, UVa, ND, West Point, Naval Academy, Barnard, Grinnell, Middlebury, Vassar
    3: NYU, Tufts, UCLA, Wisconsin-Madison, Harvey Mudd, Macalester,

    Other good schools:
    2: Johns Hopkins, UNC, USC, UT-Austin, Rochester, UIUC, Indiana, Colorado, Bates, Bennington, Davidson, Holy Cross, Lehigh, Occidental, Pitzer, Scripps, Trinity, W&M, W&L

  • Theatreguy999Theatreguy999 Registered User Posts: 26 New Member
    wow this is an intriguing list @CrewDad did you develop it yourself or is it from an online source?
  • merc81merc81 Registered User Posts: 7,250 Senior Member
    edited May 17
    That list (#7) seems to be a repost of another CC member's thoughts and methodology.

    Forbes put their name on this analysis (so it's sourced on at least one level) -- which overlaps partially with your current choices (Williams, Vassar) -- should it be of interest to you:

  • Theatreguy999Theatreguy999 Registered User Posts: 26 New Member
    Thanks @merc81 I appreciate your responses to my posts. I'll be sure to check out that link!
  • CrewDadCrewDad Registered User Posts: 1,602 Senior Member
    edited May 17
    @Theatreguy999 I did not develop the list. I'm sorry for the confusion. It was developed through extensive research by PurpleTitan. He's a prolific, highly respected and extremely knowledgeable CC contributor. I trust the list has been of some benefit. Good luck with your college search.

    Possibly of inerest:
    Merely Players facilitates the production of classical theater and Shakespeare (or works derived from these traditions) at Vassar College. Usually we have 1-2 full length classical shows a year, plus many special events and smaller productions that anyone is invited to audition for. We believe Merely Players should be foremost a teaching organization - not only putting on great theater but teaching those involved the intricacies of the discipline through the classics.
  • ChembiodadChembiodad Registered User Posts: 1,674 Senior Member
    OP, test scores would be helpful.
  • rayrickrayrick Registered User Posts: 855 Member
    I'll second U. of Puget Sound, where my son is. He's been very happy there and the quality of instruction has been outstanding. Theater prof Geoff Proehl is apparently something of a legendary figure in his field (was just given a very prestigious lifetime achievement award by his peers), and the lowest rating any of the theater profs have on RMP is a 4.5.

    Willamette, in Salem, Oregon is another nice Pacific Northwest LAC with a strong theater department and is about an hour from Portland. Looks like they just did a big, fancy renovation of their theater space, too.

    Both UPS and Willamette are Colleges that Change Lives schools. If you've got the stats to possibly get in to your reach schools, you'd probably get nice merit packages from UPS and Willamette.
  • LBad96LBad96 Registered User Posts: 3,499 Senior Member
    Check out UNC Wilmington. Fantastic study abroad programs, great theatre program, 10 mins from the beach and the historic downtown, 2 hours from a major city (Raleigh, the NC state capital, as well as Durham). Has everything you're looking for, and you would be a candidate for some great merit.
  • Theatreguy999Theatreguy999 Registered User Posts: 26 New Member
    I had never thought of UNCW, thanks @LBad96
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