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What schools fit me well?

amelior8_2019amelior8_2019 7 replies2 threads New Member
Background: white, middle-class, female
State of Residence: Washington (but I want to go out of state!)
GPA: UW: 3.8 Weighted: 4.15
SAT: 1280 (waiting on scores from retake)
ACT: 27
I am interested in journalism or communications. (Also I would really appreciate advice on if I should retake the ACT or not) TIA!
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  • twogirlstwogirls 7778 replies7 threads Senior Member
    edited June 2018
    What is your budget? What else are you looking for in a school? Was this your first ACT?
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  • ninakatarinaninakatarina 1619 replies44 threads Senior Member
    Urban or rural? Big school or small? Parties or quiet? How far out of state do you think you could go? Do you like to go to sports events?
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  • amelior8_2019amelior8_2019 7 replies2 threads New Member
    Ideally, school wouldn’t be more than 35k per year. I would prefer an urban setting and a larger school. As far as student life goes, I do not have a preference about parties or athletics. I would be willing to go anywhere location-wise, and distance from home is not really an issue for me. Also, this was my first ACT.
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  • tk21769tk21769 10710 replies27 threads Senior Member
    Have you run the online Net Price Calculators on any colleges that interest you, then asked your parents whether they can afford the Expected Family Contribution?
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  • DadTwoGirlsDadTwoGirls 6667 replies2 threads Senior Member
    "Ideally, school wouldn’t be more than 35k per year."

    To me, given that you live in Washington, the obvious choices which would fit this budget would be (in order):

    - Any in-state public university in Washington (UW is a great school)

    - Something from among the WUE schools

    - Something in western Canada (U.Victoria or Simon Fraser would fit the budget pretty easily, UBC if you can get your SAT up a bit although it would be tighter on the budget)

    I would think that for anything else you would want to run the NPC before you spend much time on it at all.
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  • amelior8_2019amelior8_2019 7 replies2 threads New Member
    DadTwoGirls : Thank you!
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  • aquaptaquapt 2463 replies51 threads Senior Member
    Here's a good one to start with: https://cronkite.asu.edu/

    Also https://journalism.unr.edu/ and https://www.unlv.edu/jms

    All are WUE schools, so they'll be within your budget even before any merit aid you might received, which seems likely.

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  • UWfromCAUWfromCA 1336 replies54 threads Senior Member
    edited June 2018
    It’s instate, but take a look at the excellent program at Washington State:


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  • tk21769tk21769 10710 replies27 threads Senior Member
    Ideally, school wouldn’t be more than 35k per year.

    In that price range, for your stats, for your preferences, and given your willingness to travel far ... your biggest range of choices may be among OOS public universities. Many of them do have OOS sticker prices above $35K (and not very generous n-b aid for OOS students), but might work if you can stretch your budget with "self help" (student loans and jobs). Check out Truman State, or schools in the the Minnesota, New York, and Florida systems.

    I agree with some of the suggestions by @DadTwoGirls . Sticking with in-state public schools, or WUE schools, would help keep your net costs down.

    You also might want to run the NPCs on a few private schools in the "Colleges That Change Lives" list
    (http://ctcl.org/category/college-profiles/). CTCL schools in your region include Willamette, the University of Puget Sound, and Whitman. Lewis & Clark has a similar flavor to some of the CTCLs. These are small schools, but (depending on your family finances) may have lower net prices than some OOS public flagships.

    If your scores don't go up, you might want to check out some test-optional schools
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