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Anyone have ideas on a good match school (outside of Texas)?

culaccinoculaccino Registered User Posts: 105 Junior Member
Hey guys, senior here. I've been looking at several college sites and while I have my in-state school list compiled, I need some help finding match schools that are out of state. (I live in TX) If you know any, would you mind skimming the parts below to comment on any suggestions? Thanks!

I've broken this down into 2 parts, College for the school environment, and My Stuff for admissions selectivity.

COLLEGE
Location:
- preferably large city
- a location that actually snows??? PLEASE

College:
- I'm into diversity so it would be great if I went to a college with a diverse mix of people.
- I also intend to study abroad.
- a college that can party but also has academic rigor
- no cutthroat environment, please

Major:
- double in Neuro and psych. I'm planning to be a doctor (psychiatrist) so premed.

MY STUFF
My Stats:
- 1580 SAT (SAT II Math: 790)
- 35 ACT
- 4.0 GPA (4.5/5.0GPA Weighted)
- Rank 9/493

My Involvement:
- I'm very passionate about mental health so I've started my own psych club, am part of a mental health nonprofit, hold leadership positions in clubs related to this, and have 250+ hours of clinical volunteering. I've also worked in a lab during the last two summers.

My Awards:
- not sure, but it's very probable I am a National Merit Semifinalist
- AP National Scholar

EXTRA
(not necessary, but would be nice to have)
- diverse city (with ethnic neighborhoods like Chinatown or Little Italy, etc)
- I'm slightly liberal
- Great public transportation
- Great academic counselors :)

I'm really sorry for the length. I'm actually not too sure on how to post stuff like this, so please let me know if I am too specific or too general. I'll try to respond asap! Thanks for reading!!


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Replies to: Anyone have ideas on a good match school (outside of Texas)?

  • merc81merc81 Registered User Posts: 7,250 Senior Member
    edited September 2
    You've indicated by your criteria that you would like to attend school in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, or Baltimore, or maybe Cleveland and a few other cities.
  • culaccinoculaccino Registered User Posts: 105 Junior Member
    Thanks for the city recommendations! I'll start looking at schools in those areas :)
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 62,974 Senior Member
    theminkim wrote:
    Location:
    - preferably large city
    - a location that actually snows??? PLEASE

    College:
    - I'm into diversity so it would be great if I went to a college with a diverse mix of people.
    - I also intend to study abroad.
    - a college that can party but also has academic rigor
    - no cutthroat environment, please

    EXTRA
    (not necessary, but would be nice to have)
    - diverse city (with ethnic neighborhoods like Chinatown or Little Italy, etc)

    Since you mentioned being a pre-med in another thread, remember that pre-med courses are more likely to see cutthroat behavior, since pre-meds must compete for scarce A grades (most pre-meds get weeded out due to GPA being obviously too low, or by not getting admitted to any medical school).

    Be aware that on the diversity front, some of the previously mentioned large cities (e.g. Philadelphia, Baltimore, Cleveland, New York) have a more segregated kind of diversity that correlates with poor racial/ethnic relations. See https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-most-diverse-cities-are-often-the-most-segregated/ .
  • culaccinoculaccino Registered User Posts: 105 Junior Member
    @ucbalumnus oh wow I was completely unaware of that statistic. Thanks for letting me know!
    As far as the pre-med cutthroat environment goes, I guess it was just wishful thinking. Maybe for the school in general, instead of specific pre-med courses? Because I'm sure a pre-med course in a cutthroat school would be much harsher than others in more laid-back schools.
  • carachel2carachel2 Registered User Posts: 2,508 Senior Member
    What is your budget?
  • merc81merc81 Registered User Posts: 7,250 Senior Member
    edited September 2
    Chicago, omitted above (reply 1), properly belongs with those cities. Washington, New Haven, Providence and Minneapolis would be others to consider. The smaller Ann Arbor might also meet your criteria.
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 62,974 Senior Member
    Chicago also has long had the dubious reputation of being the most racially segregated large city in the US.
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 62,974 Senior Member
  • culaccinoculaccino Registered User Posts: 105 Junior Member
    @carachel2 budget-wise, basically I'd have to say around 30-35k, optimistically.

    Thank you all for suggestions! I've come to realize that I value racial integration over size of the city, so I'm more than fine with smaller cities.

    Chicago is definitely off the list for sure.
  • merc81merc81 Registered User Posts: 7,250 Senior Member
    This Newsweek article may help you sort through some potential choices:

    http://www.newsweek.com/25-most-desirable-urban-schools-71889
  • AroundHereAroundHere Registered User Posts: 2,459 Senior Member
    Minneapolis hasn't been mentioned yet - Macalester is (maybe too?) liberal and very big on international studies.
    UMinnesota is also there and a couple other liberal arts colleges as well.

  • GreymeerGreymeer Registered User Posts: 96 Junior Member
    edited September 2
    So premed, large city, not hard, good party school, not in texas... u miami, emory, tulane, ucsd.

    Ucsd isn't a party school though.

    I stayed away from cold places.

    Here is a fairly comprehensive list of university hospitals. .. at the bottom for US hospitals

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_university_hospitals

  • bogeyorparbogeyorpar Registered User Posts: 156 Junior Member
    I'm surprised that no one has suggested University of Washington yet. It's near the center of downtown Seattle -- a large and diverse city, quite liberal, and occasionally snows in the winter. Admission rate is high, no cutthroat competition, and PAC12 sports and PARTY! Medical school is one of the best in the nation. OOS tuition is less than most private schools, and by your stats, you should be able to get the $5000 OOS scholarship easily.
  • NEPatsGirlNEPatsGirl Registered User Posts: 2,192 Senior Member
    Boston University and Northeastern would be schools to look at. You might also consider Brown in Providence.

  • roycroftmomroycroftmom Registered User Posts: 535 Member
    I assume you are an auto admit to UT Austin and would be competitive for admission to the psychology major. I know you said you want outside of Texas, but it meets most of you other criteria and is very affordable, plus has a new medical school.
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