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Need help finding schools

probablywritingprobablywriting 12 replies6 threads Junior Member
Hello! I'm writing here because I need help expanding my list. (I'm a rising senior btw.)

Currently, I have Boston U, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, NYU, Northeastern, Rutgers, Tufts, and Yale on my list. All these schools are pretty hard to get into to (minus Rutgers, maybe), so I feel like I need to expand my list. I'm mainly interested in schools in the Northeast, and I want to major in History. I'll put some stats below if that helps. Thanks in advance.

GPA: 4.0 UW, 4.87 W
APs: all 4s and 5s
SAT: 1530

I have pretty decent extracurriculars, though I won't list everything in detail. I'm president of my class, editor of my school's paper, a published writer, research awards, etc. I don't have any hooks, though. Not a recruited athlete, URM, or legacy (except at tufts).

Any advice is welcome. :)

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  • goalkeeper23goalkeeper23 1 replies0 threads New Member
    Definitely the ones merc81 commented and maybe look at Amherst. One thing you can do is go to Princeton Review and look at one of the schools you liked and it will give you a list of colleges students who viewed that also looked at.
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  • bremcclareybremcclarey 40 replies1 threads Junior Member
    Come to Northeastern! best school!!
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  • boudersbouders 2761 replies193 threads Senior Member
    If you're female, look at women's colleges.
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  • chmcnmchmcnm 858 replies8 threads Member
    Is NJ your home state? What's your budget? Have you run the NPC for these schools?
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  • probablywritingprobablywriting 12 replies6 threads Junior Member
    NJ is not my home state. Luckily, I have a pretty decent student account which should cover mosts costs, but I will still need some aid and scholarship money. To put it simply, I will not worry about costs until I get offers. What's NPC?
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  • probablywritingprobablywriting 12 replies6 threads Junior Member
    I don't identify as female, so I can't look at historically women's colleges.
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  • probablywritingprobablywriting 12 replies6 threads Junior Member
    Thanks for the comment! What do you like about Northeastern? Anything you can tell me that isn't on the website or about the history major? Thanks in advance.
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  • boudersbouders 2761 replies193 threads Senior Member
    You should add your state's flagship to the list.
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  • merc81merc81 12040 replies205 threads Senior Member
    What's NPC?

    This refers to Net Price Calculators, which you can access through individual college websites. For a convenient, complementary alternative, see https://myintuition.org/.
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  • brantlybrantly 4368 replies79 threads Senior Member
    edited August 2
    NJ is not my home state. Luckily, I have a pretty decent student account which should cover mosts costs, but I will still need some aid and scholarship money. To put it simply, I will not worry about costs until I get offers. What's NPC?

    If you know you will need financial aid, this is not a good strategy. What if you don't get any offers you can afford? You MUST run the NPCs for each college you are interested in to make sure you can afford them. Do that before you do anything else.

    Here's the NPC fo BU:
    https://www.bu.edu/finaid/aid-basics/cost-of-attendance/net-price-calculator/

    Cornell:
    https://finaid.cornell.edu/cost-attend/financial-aid-estimator

    Tufts:
    https://provost.tufts.edu/institutionalresearch/cost-of-attendance/

    For each school, google [name of school] + NPC.

    Luckily, you have the stats to apply to schools that meet 100% of need. But "need" is THEIR definition of need, not yours.

    What is your home state? You will not get any financial aid from Rutgers as an out of state student.
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  • merc81merc81 12040 replies205 threads Senior Member
    Note that the OP resides in New Jersey.
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  • chmcnmchmcnm 858 replies8 threads Member
    edited August 2
    NJ is not my home state.
    merc81 wrote: »
    Note that the OP resides in New Jersey.

    Confused. What is the home state? Why is Rutgers on the list if it isn't in-state?
    brantly wrote: »
    If you know you will need financial aid, this is not a good strategy. What if you don't get any offers you can afford? You MUST run the NPCs for each college you are interested in to make sure you can afford them. Do that before you do anything else.

    Best advice. Discussing with your parents how to come-up with the difference of what they'll pay vs. what college will cost is the first conversation you should have. You *might* get enough scholarships or need based aid but you can't count on it.

    Every spring there are stories on CC where students didn't worry about costs when applying only to be very disappointed in the spring when they couldn't afford any of their choices.
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  • merc81merc81 12040 replies205 threads Senior Member
    @chmcnm: Sorry, I misread! The OP, as correctly understood by others, does not live in New Jersey.
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  • MidwestmomofboysMidwestmomofboys 4256 replies27 threads Senior Member
    edited August 2
    Please talk to your family about finances now, before you fall in love -- or even are accepted -- to a school, only to discover the money does not work and you cannot attend. It's wonderful that your parents have some college savings ready for you,. But the money conversation should be the first conversation, before crafting a list of schools, not after acceptances. The important elements to understand are how much can your family contribute each year and what do the Net Price Calculators predict how much you are expected to pay.

    Many families -- like mine -- were stunned to discover that our financial situation made us "full pay" -- no financial aid -- even though we could not write a check for $75,000 per year per kid. That shapes the list of schools, whether to prioritize guaranteed merit awards to make the school affordable, or lower cost tuition such as in-state public flagship and some other public flagships where the slightly lower tuition may make the difference between affordable and not. (For instance, UVA and Michigan are great public schools, but tuition for out of state students is close to the same as at private schools. Other publics, like Wisconsin, may be $10k or so less in tuition for an out of state student, the difference between affordable and not.)
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  • probablywritingprobablywriting 12 replies6 threads Junior Member
    Thanks for your advice! I’ve already had the money talk with my family. They don’t want me to limit options based on finances. I’m also applying to schools in England, which are significantly cheaper than US schools. Those are my backup if I can’t afford offers here. Also, I’m from CT but have 0 interest in going to UCONN. My only exception is Yale because it’s more diverse and international in scope.
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  • SuperfrogFanSuperfrogFan 74 replies3 threads Junior Member
    I'm from the West Coast, so perhaps I may be wrong here, but there are lots of schools in Pennsylvania that might fit the vibe you want. Near Philadelphia I can think of Westchester, Swarthmore, VNova and Pitt and Robert Morris by Pittsburgh. Perhaps one of the Fordham campuses would also appeal to you?

    Also, maybe consider schools outside the geographical area if you are willing to. There are many colleges that you might like a bit further away. Clemson, Dartmouth, Duke, Notre Dame are some that aren't too far. Of course, I would be remiss to comment without mentioning my school :wink: TCU! It's in Fort Worth, Texas (next to Dallas) and a great place to be! I know Texas can sound scary, but it's truly a blast!

    If you can perhaps get your hands on one, a Princeton Review or other brand phone book sized book of colleges might be fun. It gives a lot of inspiration of things you may realize you want in a school, even if you've never heard of some of the ones you read about :smiley:
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  • merc81merc81 12040 replies205 threads Senior Member
    @SuperfrogFan: Your comments don't seem to match the information in the original post. Are you sure you are on the right thread?
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  • MidwestmomofboysMidwestmomofboys 4256 replies27 threads Senior Member
    Please go back and talk to your family in more detail and get a clear understanding of what they will contribute per year. Every year, strong applicants come onto CC in the spring of senior year, anxious and stressed because either, they got into their "dream" school and their family has finally faced the reality that they cannot simply borrow enough to pay for it, or they got into a school they are excited about but their family doesn't think it is prestigious enough to borrow heavily to fund and says they won't pay. Both situations are heartbreaking to watch unfold, and were entirely preventable with good communication before applications were made.

    Students can borrow $5500 1st year, $6500 second year and $7500 3rd and 4th year. Beyond that, if a student is relying on loans, it is parental borrowing. Especially with so many families facing economic uncertainty in the pandemic, please talk with your family about specific numbers -- what can they fund out of college savings and current income and what, if any, are they prepared to borrow for your education. And understand if they see parameters around that -- will they only borrow for an Ivy league or T20 school.

    You will undoubtedly have a strong application. Please take the time to understand the financial parameters of your application process in advance so that you don't find yourself disappointed in the spring.
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