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Help with my college list

CamelGuyCamelGuy 8 replies4 postsRegistered User New Member
Intended major: chemistry
GPA (uw/w): 4.0/4.4 (I go to a well known super rigorous boarding school)
ACT: 35
SAT: N/A
ECs: Head editor of newspaper, Student council (9-11), Head of sexual assault awareness club, science olympiad, writing center tutor, School tour guide

What I want in a school: rigorous academics, highly regarded (for future job prospects), located in a city, suburb, or college town (not rural), medium but also can work with small i think, prefer northeastern but like other places, and offers research, not too big of a party scene preferably

Top choices: UPenn, Brown, Rice (I know they're all reaches obviously)

Other schools I’m interested in but less sure about:
Other Ivies, Emory, NYU, UVA, Tufts, Northwestern, Tulane, UChicago, UConn, UNC, USC (cali), WashU, Wesleyan, etc.

I want to work on cutting down my list but I also would enjoy a few other suggestions. Thanks!
Any opinions?
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  • merc81merc81 10183 replies152 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    You might consider URochester, Case Western Reserve and Carnegie Mellon.
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  • AlmostThere2018AlmostThere2018 1251 replies44 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited June 2018
    Duke seems like an obvious addition to your list as it's a peer with many of the others, though it does have a big party scene. (Work hard, play hard is their unofficial motto.)
    edited June 2018
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  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 41604 replies447 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    What's your parents' budget?
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  • aquaptaquapt 1950 replies37 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    Georgia Tech? (Great small honors program that could provide a residential and academic cohort and mitigate the larger size.)
    Harvey Mudd? (Small in its own right but the Claremont Consortium as a whole is mid-sized.)
    And yes, Rochester, CWRU and CMU.
    And possibly Reed - great sciences, great city, if Pacific Northwest isn't too far afield.

    Also, if you are all-in for chem and want more focus on the major, less on distribution requirements, consider the top Canadian U's. McGill, Toronto, and UBC (not sure how they rank on chem specifically) are all in great cities and have strong sciences, research, etc. All large, but some (Toronto at least) have smaller sub-colleges. http://www.artsci.utoronto.ca/futurestudents/colleges/index_html
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