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Medium Size College Search (Warm Weather, 33 ACT)

sophiavictoriasophiavictoria Registered User Posts: 67 Junior Member
Hi guys. I'm a junior from Ohio and I could use some help searching for colleges. For reference, my ACT is 33, my ec's are above average but not crazy spectacular, I take dual enrollment classes at a local university full time, I have strong writing skills so I'm confident that my essay will be very good, and I'm a mixed race South Asian/American female. I'm not sure exactly what I want to major in, but I'm thinking something involving law or public policy. However, I'm a bit too picky when it comes to actually looking for potential colleges. It feels like I've spent hours and hours searching through sites and I could use some help. These are my preferences:

- Warm climate (or at least much less snow than Ohio)

- Between 1,800 and 10,000 undergrads

- Average ACT no less than 26 (preferably a bit higher but 26 is my cutoff)

- Adequate merit aid available that I’ll be competitive for (my family is upper middle class so none of that "we'll cover all your demonstrated financial need" stuff- I'm gonna need a lot of aid but I don't think my family will qualify for much need-based)

- Limited or no Greek life. Preferably no Greek housing and small percentage if it is on campus. I don't want a Greek-heavy school.

- Preferably private (I want a medium size population, a residential campus, and geographic diversity, which I just haven't seen at many public schools)

- Christian or Catholic schools are okay, but I don't have a particular preference for them over secular schools.

Some schools currently on my list are: American University, University of Miami, Occidental College, Loyola Marymount University, Chapman University, Pepperdine University, and Belmont University (I'm also kinda considering Eckerd College, Stetson University, and Florida Southern College but I'll have to research them a bit more).
Any ideas?

Replies to: Medium Size College Search (Warm Weather, 33 ACT)

  • privatebankerprivatebanker Registered User Posts: 3,819 Senior Member
    edited April 7
    Take a look at Santa Clara. It’s what jumped out at me. It’s beautiful. Smart students. Silicon Valley influence and local diversity of the greater Bay Area.
  • sophiavictoriasophiavictoria Registered User Posts: 67 Junior Member
    Thank you for the suggestion! I've actually researched SCU before however, and it seemed like Greek life is pretty big there and a lot of students are very wealthy, which isn't really the kind of environment I want.
  • privatebankerprivatebanker Registered User Posts: 3,819 Senior Member
    edited April 7
    It’s a Jesuit school, I don’t think the partying culture would be out of hand. But it’s warm, it’s beautiful and it’s a great school.

    Jesuit tradition is around teaching the whole person and commitment to service for others. There’s rich kids at all schools. And not. You’ll learn to navigate the world.
  • sophiavictoriasophiavictoria Registered User Posts: 67 Junior Member
    Okay thanks for the input. I'm still not super interested but I'll keep Santa Clara in mind.
  • sophiavictoriasophiavictoria Registered User Posts: 67 Junior Member
    Also for reference, some other schools that I've researched but am not really interested in for various reasons are: University of Richmond, Wake Forest, High Point, Southern Methodist, Harding, Pitzer, Elon, Davidson, Furman, William and Mary, Emory, Tulane, Trinity University, Texas Christian, Gonzaga, Whitworth, Nova Southeastern, Rollins, Mercer, and probably others that I'm forgetting. Maybe I could revisit them if I don't find much else.

    In addition, my in-state backups are Ohio University and Bowling Green State.
  • washugradwashugrad Registered User Posts: 887 Member
    Take a look at Willamette in Salem, Oregon. It's on the smaller end of your range, about 1800 undergrad, and does have a tiny amount of Greek life, but it's across the street from the state capital of Oregon so there are lots of opportunities for internships there. The school also is mostly a small LAC but has a law school and business school. They do give merit aid and as far as geographic diversity, it draws mostly from the west coast (heavily from CA) but there are kids from all over the US and they have a relationship with a university in Tokyo and have students from there that come to campus for a year at a time. Oregon is not especially warm over winter (it rains quite a lot) but will be warmer and greener than Ohio.
    While you are at it, check out Lewis and Clark in Portland, Oregon. They also have their own law school. Not that you'd go to law school on the same campus but that there might be more strength of pre-law students.
  • OhiBroOhiBro Registered User Posts: 88 Junior Member
    This goes directly against your mid-size and low amount of Greek activity, but University of Alabama would be a good safety, and has a great climate. CC is full of people that visited the campus with low expectations, but ended up loving it.

    They’re also buying high stats. A 33 puts you in Presidential Scholarship range.


    60% come from outside Alabama. Not bad for a public school?

    Can make a large school feel small, but can’t make a small school feel large.
  • RiversiderRiversider Registered User Posts: 399 Member
    Try schools in Texas.
  • TS0104TS0104 Registered User Posts: 744 Member
    Rhodes? (Not sure about Greek).
    My D is at LMU and her stats were lower (29, good GPA) and she got a good merit offer. It could have been related to her Theater audition, though. Pepperdine has quite a religous feel, FYI. Not sure American will be much warmer than here! (We're in Ohio too). They do get those big East coast snow storms which seem to happen about once a year in recent years.
  • sophiavictoriasophiavictoria Registered User Posts: 67 Junior Member
    I had actually never heard of Rhodes College until now, thank you TS0104! I just looked it up and it's on the smaller end with about 2,000 students, and about 40-50% participate in Greek life which does scare me a little- I'll have to research it some more. I've actually visited both LMU and Pepperdine recently and I did really like the religious vibe of Pepperdine, but it's not something I'm necessarily going out of my way to look for in schools. I also visited American recently and the day of my tour happened to be pretty cold and rainy, but I also have family in D.C. and they tell me the snow is much lighter and spring usually comes much sooner than Ohio. American also has really great law/policy opportunities so I can compromise a little bit on weather haha
  • sophiavictoriasophiavictoria Registered User Posts: 67 Junior Member
    Thank you washugrad! Willamette has been sending me emails that I've pretty much been ignoring, but maybe I'll take a closer look and research it some more. I've also briefly looked at Lewis and Clark before, but it didn't really jump out at me much. For some reason Oregon seems much farther away than California does to me, so it's hard to picture myself there. But I'll keep these in mind.
  • HamurtleHamurtle Registered User Posts: 1,926 Senior Member
    If American is on the prospective school list, add George Washington as well.
  • sophiavictoriasophiavictoria Registered User Posts: 67 Junior Member
    edited April 8
    That's interesting, thanks @OhiBro . I didn't know Alabama did guaranteed scholarships like that. I might look into it more (the honors college at least)
  • sophiavictoriasophiavictoria Registered User Posts: 67 Junior Member
    @Hamurtle I'm not really that interested in GW. It has 25,000 students (11,000 undergrads) which is a bit larger than I'd life, and I've also heard that GW is more of an urban campus which is something I don't want.
  • happy1happy1 Forum Champion Parents, Forum Champion Admissions Posts: 23,946 Forum Champion
    Some other ideas: SMU (may be too Greek), Loyola New Orleans. Loyola MD
    And in-state perhaps Miami (Ohio)?
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