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Safety school

Senior_1999Senior_1999 Registered User Posts: 109 Junior Member
edited October 2017 in College Search & Selection
I'm trying to choose one more safety school for my son. He is applying ED to American which he has a good shot at getting into, but we need a safety he likes.

4.5 weighted gpa (top 5%)
Challenging curriculum (AP calc, AP physics, AP bio, IB English 11/12, IB Spanish 4-6, IB philosophy, IB econ, IB history 11/12)
Not great sat and act scores ... 1200 and 26
Good volunteer involvement, jobs, beta club, national Spanish honor society...

He wants to be in a city or in a town/suburb close to a decent size city. Wants to be in northeast (starting in D.C. and north), maybe Chicago or Michigan area as well. Mid size school. Does not have to be big party or football school. Thanks !!!

Moderator's note: Edited for clarity
Post edited by warblersrule on

Replies to: Safety school

  • KegginKeggin Registered User Posts: 153 Junior Member
    I would suggest University of Michigan but I'm not sure if they would accept him with those act/sat scores. He could get into MSU, but it doesn't really have a "city" feel like chicago or new york would.
    I would also suggest NYU, but the sat/act scores are low for it. Could he possibly take another act/sat test before he applies to have better chances with better schools? Because I know if he got around 1400/30 he could get into some good city schools.
  • citymama9citymama9 Registered User Posts: 1,817 Senior Member
    Where is he applying ED? Think there's a typo
  • TomSrOfBostonTomSrOfBoston Registered User Posts: 12,051 Senior Member
    "amachoilnwhich" ????

    Michigan would be a reach not a safety.

    Your state flagship would be a safety unless it is a top 10 flagship.
  • Senior_1999Senior_1999 Registered User Posts: 109 Junior Member
    Typed too quickly . I said American university . Yes, university of Michigan would definitely be a reach as would NYU . Thanks for feedback
  • Senior_1999Senior_1999 Registered User Posts: 109 Junior Member
    That was meant to say American University for early decision .
  • woogzmamawoogzmama Registered User Posts: 3,848 Senior Member
    What about Butler?
  • Senior_1999Senior_1999 Registered User Posts: 109 Junior Member
    Will have to look at Butler , don't know too much about it .
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Registered User Posts: 82,687 Senior Member
    edited October 2017
    A safety school has to be affordable. How much will you spend each year? Safeties rarely give great aid.

    What's the major and career goal?
  • Senior_1999Senior_1999 Registered User Posts: 109 Junior Member
    @mom2collegekids He wants to major in international relations , A school in northeast . Fortunately , money is not as much of an issue .
    Thanks !
  • sahmkcsahmkc Registered User Posts: 305 Member
    The gap between the ED 1 AU decision and George Washington ED 2 deadline should be enough to submit our ED2. GW is test optional. Also this might be a strange suggestion but Furman's EA rate is 79% with an ACT range of 25-31. It's also test optional. Furman has a DC semester exchange program with AU, so he could do a semester at AU.
  • Senior_1999Senior_1999 Registered User Posts: 109 Junior Member
    @sahmkc Gw might be another option. He was all set with applying to to American ed but does not like the binding piece, wants to have options even though he really likes American . Furman would be a good option but he really wants to be in the northeast . We had visited Boston University and he had liked it . It’s a reach for him because of his scores . They have a general studies program that is easier to get into .
  • emmajacemmajac Registered User Posts: 39 Junior Member
    boston university? boston college? nyu? george washington? george mason? temple in philadeliphia?
  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 32,478 Senior Member
    edited November 2017
    Dickinson - not in a city but nice town and probably 2h to Philadelphia. He can apply test optional. EA deadline is December 1st.
  • rickle1rickle1 Registered User Posts: 395 Member
    BC, NYU, GW and BU will require better test scores. How about Dayton? Mid size, good academics, strong sense of community. Almost like a "BC or Notre Dame Lite".
  • rickle1rickle1 Registered User Posts: 395 Member
    also, you may want to google test exempt schools. There is a growing list of really good schools that don't require test scores. They feel four yrs of high school and academic rigor are far better indicators than 4 hours on a Saturday. Of course they'll take your scores if you send them (and they will use them- so only send if good).
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