I'm Canadian and have my eyes fixed especially on American universities (though if you have some stellar recommendations regarding Canadian ones, I'm all ears). Up until a few months ago, I didn't think university out of the country was a viable option for me, so I hadn't given it any serious consideration. Now that I've started looking I feel rather overwhelmed due to the vast array of options present. I took the SAT with essay Dec. 2nd, and only have 7 (if I understood correctly) more days to utilize the four free SAT score submissions, so I need to decide soon which those are.
So, relevant details:
#1, I'm dead-set on majoring in philosophy, and have acquired something of an expertise in the field (I'd wager my knowledge is equivalent to a bachelor's degree, and suspect I could teach first/second year courses). I have extensive experience teaching philosophy, both online and through a youth group (the latter of which I've probably spent a thousand~ish hours with). That all provides me with great material for application essays.
#2, My school didn't offer AP classes, and didn't do class ranking, nor did it specify what my GPA was, but I think I was in the top 5 students, and the mean of my classes was 95% (so 4.0?). My teachers - especially my English teacher - were quite impressed with me, and I expect solid letters of recommendation from them. I'd like a school that's fairly selective so that I have better assurance that my peers will be academically inclined and rigorous.
#3, I don't know what my SAT score is, but my last practice test two on Khan Academy was 1320, and the real SAT felt even easier to me, so I think my score will be high 1300's. The English portion made up the bulk of my score, likely 760+, so my math was deficient, but long story short (was out of school for years, no easy way to study math) I think I can make a good case for why that shouldn't be held against me and why I can get my math up to par easily Essay went well, but I was tired (4 hours of sleep) and had a brain fart - I'm pretty sure I used a word incorrectly, thinking it had the opposite meaning.
#4, I'll need generous financial aid. My mom's disabled, hasn't worked for years, and can't really contribute anything.
#5, Beggars can't be choosers, so I'm not fussy; I don't care whether the campus is rural or urban, large or small, liberal or conservative, Christian or secular.
What four universities would you recommend? Also, would you advise trying to apply to more than four? If so, could you tell me a bit about the process of ordering more SAT score reports from the College Board?
Thanks in advance, I really appreciate any and all help, especially with the January 1st deadline fast approaching!