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Help me Pick Colleges; Reverse Chance a Tech Student!

coolygymnast3800coolygymnast3800 9 replies1 threads New Member

Hi, I am a junior who is currently trying to find colleges, and I’m not sure where to start. Any recommendations would be helpful!



White, Female, CT

Technical School – Culinary

GPA: 3.9 UW

Didn’t take the PSAT this year

Major: undecided, maybe science



Courseload: My school doesn’t offer AP classes, and I have academic weeks and tech weeks, where I do culinary. World language isn’t offered.

9- English, physical science h, algebra 1, history

10 – bio h , algebra 2, civics h, English h

Current - DE Psych, DE Writing, Geometry, Chem H, world history honors



Extracurriculars:

Gymnastics (started at age 7) – very recently

Track (10)

Softball (9)
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  • h8annahh8annah 191 replies25 threads Junior Member
    Have you looked into state schools in CT like central, eastern, southern, western? Or, what about UCONN branches, and you can transfer?
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  • coolygymnast3800coolygymnast3800 9 replies1 threads New Member
    NO!
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  • coolygymnast3800coolygymnast3800 9 replies1 threads New Member
    @h8annah I was thinking of schools out of CT. Thanks anyway.
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  • h8annahh8annah 191 replies25 threads Junior Member
    Unfortunately, it's hard to tell exactly. I feel that your SAT score will be really important, considering you go to a tech school. Maybe even try taking some subject tests, and I would build ECs.

    Try looking into UMaine, URI, UNH, and Suffolk. Are you considering a more urban or rural setting? What region exactly?
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  • coolygymnast3800coolygymnast3800 9 replies1 threads New Member
    @h8annah Thanks bud.
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  • coolygymnast3800coolygymnast3800 9 replies1 threads New Member
    @h8annah Urban. Coast.
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  • h8annahh8annah 191 replies25 threads Junior Member
    What about FL Gulf Coast? Bryant?
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  • coolygymnast3800coolygymnast3800 9 replies1 threads New Member
    @h8annah maybe. Thank you.
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  • happymomof1happymomof1 30006 replies181 threads Senior Member
    Are you going to continue in culinary/hospitality or are you going to have a different major?

    What can you and your family afford?

    Endicott College in MA might work for you.
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 80119 replies720 threads Senior Member
    Agree that the questions in reply #9 are important to consider.
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  • DadTwoGirlsDadTwoGirls 5980 replies1 threads Senior Member
    Two very important questions:

    - What is your budget?

    - What do you want to study in university?

    Also important:

    - Do you want a small school or a large school? Big city, small city, small town, or rural?

    - How far away from Connecticut do you want to go? Is U.Mass far enough (and can you afford it)?
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  • me29034me29034 1791 replies91 threads Senior Member
    Johnson and Wales in Providence?
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  • Jamieh55Jamieh55 8 replies2 threads New Member
    edited January 16
    What about UHart they have a beautiful campus. Tuition is pricy, but they give a alot of aid.
    edited January 16
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  • aquaptaquapt 2281 replies47 threads Senior Member
    edited January 16
    Simmons in Boston could be a good target, and hard to beat as an urban/coastal base. If you're interested in building on your culinary training, they have several different nutrition-related majors/tracks (some more business-oriented and some more health/education oriented) that include internships at restaurant chains, food service corporations, and social service agencies. They also have many traditional liberal arts majors as well as various pre-professional programs in the health and business realms. They're also part of the Colleges of the Fenway consortium, with interesting cross-registration opportunities. It's hard to say for sure without test scores, but for a student like you with a very high GPA, moderate course rigor, and a trajectory that seems like a good fit with their blend of liberal arts and pre-professional, I'd say you'd have to really tank the SAT to be out of the running; and good test scores could land you some nice merit $.

    Of course, I'm totally guessing at what kind of major/career you would like, pending more info from you.

    If you'd enjoy a more southern urban/coastal experience, College of Charleston, in South Carolina's coastal capital city, has a great variety of programs and a lively student experience with both city and beach access.

    But yes, we'd need to know budget, financial aid eligibility, and desired area(s) of study, in order to make good suggestions.
    edited January 16
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  • coolygymnast3800coolygymnast3800 9 replies1 threads New Member
    @aquapt Thank you for all the useful information. As for the budget I am thinking somewhere around 20k per year, maximum. I am not eligible for financial aid. I am undecided as of what I want to study.
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  • coolygymnast3800coolygymnast3800 9 replies1 threads New Member
    @DadTwoGirls Thank you for your help. I was thinking larger city, and bigger school. Mass is a little too close, but it is a possibility. And the other questions I answered in my last response.
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 80119 replies720 threads Senior Member
    @aquapt Thank you for all the useful information. As for the budget I am thinking somewhere around 20k per year, maximum. I am not eligible for financial aid. I am undecided as of what I want to study.

    $20k per year with no financial aid eligibility is very limiting. UConn in-state is $30k+, while ECSU in-state is around $25k. Out-of-state publics are likely to be more expensive, except for some in rural inland areas. Private college list prices are commonly even higher.

    You may have to confine your search to colleges which give out large merit scholarships and which you are otherwise very overqualified for admission (large merit scholarships go to the top end of the students the college admits).
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  • h8annahh8annah 191 replies25 threads Junior Member
    Have you thought about University of Houston? If you get a good SAT score, you may qualify for the Academic Excellence merit scholarship, which gives you in-state (around 13,000) plus a 6500 scholarship. I got that recently, and it’s really helpful! CCSU also can be inexpensive!!
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  • coolygymnast3800coolygymnast3800 9 replies1 threads New Member
    @h8annah Define good SAT scores.
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  • happymomof1happymomof1 30006 replies181 threads Senior Member
    U of Alabama has automatic admission and automatic merit scholarships for specific GPA and test scores. Here is the table with information for this year: https://scholarships.ua.edu/freshman/out-of-state/ The cut-offs might change for next year.

    When you have ACT or SAT scores, you should ask in the Financial Aid forum about merit-based aid for your GPA and scores.
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