Hello! This is my first post here. I'm relatively new to the college process, but I've done some research on what kind of colleges I would like to attend, and have formulated this list after some trial and error and feedback from friends and family. I would love suggestions. I know the list is top heavy and rather large, but please give me advice rather than just stating the obvious. Replacements or additions are also cool with me, as is categorizing the reaches, safeties, and matches.
Stats are below.
Also, this is not a chance thread. I'm not looking for you to chance me at colleges, beyond classification purposes.
I visited and loved the campus, programs, internships, etc. but I'm not going to get unrealistic about my admissions chances.
I also visited. Similar story as above.
Seems like a good fit for me, and it has merit aid.
Same as Vandy, but even better of a fit.
I really like their engineering here, and I have a (very) slim chance at merit aid.
One of my top choices (at least in my current mind) because of LA, half-tuition NMF award, great connections, and good student life (among other things).
I'm not so sure about this one. I haven't done much research on it but it seems like a good fit, and it has merit aid. I know I have to demonstrate interest, though.
Is this a match or a reach? I can't really tell. Anyhow, I like the school based on my research so far.
Is this really a match? I really like their engineering programs and Atlanta.
I'm attracted to the idea of no gen eds.
I have a high likelihood of merit aid here, and it's in New Orleans. Other research makes it look good.
Madison is an amazing city, and Wisconsin is good at engineering.
Minn. Twin Cities
Great engineering, relatively affordable, and great location.
Ugh. I don't want to go instate, but rather kind of far away. I should have a safety instate for financial reasons, though, and USCe is my mom's Alma mater and she is making me apply.
School my parents insist on me applying too:
Purdue or UIUC
My parents are somewhat ranking obsessed, and these where in the top 10 for engineering. They told me to pick one. I don't want to, largely due to the fact that they aren't in what I would call exciting locations (no offence to those affiliated with either university), as well as the fact that I already have a ton of colleges at the moment, and extra applications would be extra-tedious. Also, I already have 2 safeties (and maybe even 3--see below). I might convince them out of it.
Maybe I'll apply to UMiami? It has lots of merit aid, good location, and it seems like a generally good fit for me, but I'm. It sure about engineering there. It doesn't have any essay supplements, which is a bonus,
Now, about me:
I'm a rising junior in South Carolina largely interested in engineering, particularly electrical or chemical. My SAT is 1540 with a 800 math and 740 English. I'm Hispanic.
I'm taking the most rigorous classes available at my school, and will be doing math and design tech as my Hls in the IB program the next two years. I've also done/will do AP classes and done well. I'm currently #1 in class rank, but this may move down a spot because of my friend, another really smart student
I've done cross country since 6th grade and ran a marathon last February, but I'm not nearly good enough at xc for it to be an athletic hook.. I was vice presidential of Spanish club last year and will be president this upcoming year. I'm on the school math team, as well as the all-state math team, despite not qualifying for AIME.
For colleges, I would much prefer colleges in large cities, but this is not a deal breaker. I mostly just don't want to attend a school in a very small town. Also, I like strong networking, good internship and job opportunities, and a good campus vibe.
I know my list is top-heavy, but I'm trying to cast a wide net as to increase chances of merit aid somewhere. This is because I have 4 siblings but my parents will never qualify for financial aid. They also don't want to full pay unless the school is really "worth it" in their point of view, such as MIT or maybe Duke. When I talked with them about finances, they basically said that they could full pay at a lot of places, except that it would be very difficult and they would not want to do it, particularly with my older brother already in college and 3 younger ones on the way.
Schools I'm most likely to cut are Wisconsin and WUSTL (but only for the latter because of a lack of research done by me about it).
If it helps, schools that I had on my list previously but removed include UCLA (financial reasons), Columbia (I realized the only reason I was attracted to it besides its location and engineering was that it was an ivy school, and it's expensive), and RPI (apparently there is no social life there).
Oops, this post is super long. Thanks in advance for reading it and giving advice!