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Starting my College Search Process. Any recommendations?

GalileyomGalileyom 32 replies5 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 37 Junior Member
I'm a junior currently looking into colleges. I'd love to get some advice on schools to look into, as well as whether they'd be safeties, matches, or reaches.

Average: 93 or 94, but I'm on track to get a 99 this semester. I've had a steady upward curve.
  • Class Rank: I think I'm at like 25%, but I go to a specialized high school in NY.
  • PSAT: Used the college board's bug to download score report. Got 1500.
  • Demo: White, Jewish, Middle-class female
  • Hooks: I don't know if being a female in science counts, but that I guess
Interested in physics and politics, want to major in physics. I have a state and chapter position in JSA, started an astronomy club, college Astronomy class, astrophysics classes at AMNH, euro challenge, worked on a political campaign. Only award is a national German bronze medal, and I guess now it's likely I'll be a national merit semi-finalist. No research thus far, but I've been trying to contact professors for a while. It's what I want to do so figure why not start now.

In terms of schools, I'd love to try getting out of a big city for a change. I really love Brown and Williams. A suburban or rural campus is important to me. I just don't want to be integrated into a city. I don't mind some distribution requirements (I have various interests as it is), but I don't like core curriculums.
I know it's early for me to be thinking about it, but I'd like some ideas on where to start for college tours and stuff. Thank you!
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  • merc81merc81 9915 replies144 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 10,059 Senior Member
    edited November 2017
    For reaches or matches, look into Wesleyan Bowdoin and Hamilton. Of these, you might find that Wesleyan compares favorably to Brown and that Bowdoin and Hamilton compare favorably to Williams. All of these colleges would be strong for physics and public policy.
    edited November 2017
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  • GalileyomGalileyom 32 replies5 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 37 Junior Member
    Thank you! Which do you think would be matches and which would be reaches?
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  • merc81merc81 9915 replies144 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 10,059 Senior Member
    Matches might begin for very strong students at ~25% acceptance rates. Colleges with lower acceptance rates will generally be reaches, but in some cases could be high matches.
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  • citymama9citymama9 2496 replies141 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 2,637 Senior Member
    Can you share how you got the PSAT score already. I am anxiously awaiting to see my D's score.

    For a STEM girl, some matches might be Lafayette, Lehigh and RPI. For reaches, you might like Swarthmore and Carleton. For a safety, look at Union.
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  • GalileyomGalileyom 32 replies5 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 37 Junior Member
    I used the directions on /r/SAT to download score report, but I think the college board patched it already
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  • merc81merc81 9915 replies144 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 10,059 Senior Member
    edited November 2017
    Haverford offers similar attributes to a few of the colleges in reply #4, notably Swarthmore and Carleton. Along these lines, Bryn Mawr could serve as a good match school for you. Though schools such as Lafayette, Lehigh and Union offer engineering, and therefore might be considered "STEM" schools, I would not regard them as stronger in fields such as physics and mathematics when compared to some top liberal arts colleges that do not offer direct engineering programs.
    edited November 2017
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  • citymama9citymama9 2496 replies141 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 2,637 Senior Member
    @merc81 I agree, but she also asked for matches and safeties
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