I am looking for confirmation that DD is on the right track in applying to the below listed schools or help in removing (or adding?) potential schools. She is interested in becoming a physician and majoring in environmental health, environmental science/studies, or public health.
She applied last year (SAT was then 1280) and was accepted at U of Rochester, Fordham, Dickinson, St. Lawrence, Beloit and a few other similar LACs. She was deferred at Tulane and then not accepted. She really liked U of Rochester but due to an error on our part she was not considered for merit or need based aid and we could not afford for her to attend at full cost. She didn't love any of the LACs she applied to and later visited and decided to take a gap year and reapply.
During her gap year she raised her SATs, worked to raise money for her travels and is now traveling and working her way through Iceland, Japan, Morocco and Europe. She will be home in Jan and will be visiting schools during this time.
Financially, we are upper middle class and our EFC (based on the FAFSA) is 32k. That is about on target for what we can afford given we have four kids. However, our experience from last year was that schools varied considerably in their calculations of what we can contribute. I have a DS in college currently (local state school) and twins who are juniors, so our financial situation will also be changing while DD is in school. Getting some merit aid will help a lot. Last year, the LACs offered her 20-30k in merit awards leaving the cost at about 25-35k.
That brings us to now. She is definitely casting a wide net based on not knowing what schools will offer financially and not having been able to visit yet (except U of Rochester, Tulane, Reed). If we can cut some of these schools from the list (too many reaches?), it will probably help her to focus her efforts. Or are there some obvious good fits she may have over looked?
- graduated from New Mexico public high school
- white female
- 1390 SAT (720 English, 670 Math, 6/6/6 Essay)
- Unweighted GPA: 3.93 / weighted: 4.533
- 20/406 or top 5% of graduating class
- took mostly honors and AP courses (8)
- strong letters
Won National Orchestra Director's Choice Award
Lettered 5 times in music
President of HS orchestra
Part of city-wide and HS orchestras for four years
Participated in a two-year HS pre-med program that included a shadowing a perinatologist for 150 hrs.
Attended UU Social Justice College HS programs in Boston (Environmental Social Justice) and New Orleans (Racial Social Justice)
Delegate to New Mexico Youth Alliance (youth across state working on social justice issues)
National Honor Society
Served in HS senate
Summer camp counselor for 3 yrs
Current list of schools:
College of Wooster
University of Rochester