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International (Morocco): which college should I apply ED to?

MakemakeMakemake 1 replies2 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 3 New Member
Demographics: Gay male from Morocco. I want to use the opportunity of going to college in the US to escape my homophobic country.

Intended Major: Computer Science

Academics: I'm taking the SAT this week but consistently getting from 1460 to 1520 on practice tests. SAT II: 740 M, 750 Phy. The grade system in my country doesn't do GPA, but I consistently scored from 18-20/20 in Maths and Physics in 12th grade, and got 17.5/20 in the nationwide final examination with 18.75/20 in Maths and 17.75/20 in Physics.

Extracurriculars: This is my weakest point. MUN, programming in free time, participated in a few debate workshops. There aren't many opportunities in my country.

My college list is: Trinity College, Skidmore, Vassar, Colgate University, Bates College, Tufts.

Another important detail is that I have graduated High School in 2016 and attended medical school in my own country for year, but decided I don't want to live here anymore and that path doesn't suit me anyways.
I would also require sizeable Financial Aid, my family can only contribute at most 10kUSD/year.

Basically I don't know which one of these colleges I should apply to ED? Should I just try to get into the least selective ones to secure a spot with financial AID, or do I aim a bit higher? Also if you have any other college suggestion it would be very helpful!
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  • DustyfeathersDustyfeathers 3321 replies75 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 3,396 Senior Member
    You may be considered a transfer student at these schools. Check out the policies first. I'm afraid that FA is not fabulous for international students, as a rule. But you might get lucky. I don't think that transfer students can apply ED.
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  • MakemakeMakemake 1 replies2 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 3 New Member
    How come? I would be applying as a Freshman.
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  • collegemom3717collegemom3717 6266 replies46 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 6,312 Senior Member
    edited November 2017
    For most US colleges, once you have done a certain number of hours of university work you are no longer allowed to apply as a first year: you have to apply as a transfer student. Check the websites of the universities you are interested in- they will have the rules posted in the 'Transfer' section.
    edited November 2017
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