Hi, we are wading into the college search process for my D20 and would love some expertise from the wise CC group about rounding out a list of schools to visit/explore in more detail.
- Rising junior at mid-Altantic urban independent school
- UW GPA 3.83 (school does not weight GPA or rank in class, no APs/IB)
- PSAT10: EBRW 720, M 610. (She's be doing some independent SAT prep and practice tests that suggest the M should go up to 650-700, who knows. Will take ACT next spring.)
- Junior course load: English 11, USH, Bio, Differential Calculus, Latin IV, photography, and 2 semester-long, psychology courses through an online consortium her school participates in.
- Anticipated senior course load: English 12, Integral Calc, Latin V, Senior Art Studio, plus 2 out of Advanced Bio/Advanced Chem/Env Science.
- ECs: Track & Field 4yrs, XC 3 years.
- Club involvement: Beekeeping Club, Art Club.
- Outside of school: Art classes, volunteer art teacher at local art center, runs own (small) design business on Fiverr, babysits. Wants to be a camp counselor at a farm camp next summer. Spends a lot of time doing her own art, music (writing, playing, recording), and digital design. Hasn't really gone after deep or broad involvement or leadership opportunities in ECs.
She's starting to plan her month-long Junior Project (January 2019) - hoping to work at a small winery/estate vineyard in Oregon that my in-laws own; or at a cacao plantation and chocolate factor in Hawaii (also owned/run by friends); or intern at a sleep lab at a research university.
Future academic interests: Psychology/neuroscience, with an art or design minor.
Based on previous teammates' experiences and her performance, she could be a D3 recruit for track/XC at a less-competitive program but at this point has no interest in pursuing that. (Alas.)
We've done some initial visits mostly to assess what kind of schools grab her attention and interest. She has pretty much settled on a LAC, and is very interested in a women's college. LGBTQ-friendly is a must. No Greek life preferred.
We will be full pay, so merit would be fabulous. Prelim list is:
Barnard (visited & loved - "dream school" right now, but a reach)
Bryn Mawr (visited & very enthusiastic - it's very nearby which is good + bad)
Smith (visiting soon)
Mount Holyoke (visiting soon)
Macalester (visited and liked a lot -- only school on our recent midwest trip that made her say "I could see myself here")
Wesleyan - big reach
Vassar - big reach
I'd like her to also consider (yes, lots of reaches here too):
But I realize we don't have a solid group of likely/safety there, and we haven't dug into the CTCL list or other amazing LACs that are further away/less known. Would appreciate additions to this list with more geographic and selectivity diversity! Thanks!