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Pick out private schools for me

DjMillerDjMiller 4 replies5 threads New Member
English or Creative Writing Major.

I'm a male.
3.467 GPA in high school.
Plan to go test optional.
Honors in English in my high school class.
CertiPort Microsoft Word Certification.
Writer of Disfigured and Jeckel which are on Amazon and Barnes and Noble's websites.
Been offered book deals for said stories.

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  • collegemom3717collegemom3717 8195 replies87 threads Senior Member
    Budget?
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  • DjMillerDjMiller 4 replies5 threads New Member
    I'm more interested in the right fit than the money at the moment.
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  • NJWrestlingmomNJWrestlingmom 1851 replies2 threads Senior Member
    Susquehanna U
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  • collegemom3717collegemom3717 8195 replies87 threads Senior Member
    edited August 6
    You have given 0 clues as to what your metrics for 'right fit' are.

    University of Iowa isn't private, but their writing program can't be beat.

    Your GPA is very low for Kenyon, but it has a great writing program and you might get in on that.

    Beloit, Clark, Marquette, Ursinus maybe? Susquehanna sounds right- but really, need more to go on.

    edited August 6
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  • DjMillerDjMiller 4 replies5 threads New Member
    What other questions do you have?
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  • collegemom3717collegemom3717 8195 replies87 threads Senior Member
    What are your metrics for a good "fit"?
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  • MWolfMWolf 3001 replies14 threads Senior Member
    DjMiller wrote: »
    I'm more interested in the right fit than the money at the moment.

    Since any private colleges will have a CoA of at least $60,000 a year, will your parents be able to afford $240,000-$280,000.

    Kenyon college would be a low reach for you. Their mean weighted GPA is 3.9, so your GPA is likely around average, and their acceptance rate is around 35%. It is also one of the best colleges for creative writing.

    Bucknell is another low reach for you

    Emerson would be a reach

    Knox would be a low match

    Even though it is public, U Iowa has one of the top creative writing programs. It would be a low match

    You will also need a safety.

    All this is based on the premise that you can afford these colleges, of course.
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  • merc81merc81 12066 replies205 threads Senior Member
    Kenyon, suggested above, would be superb for the study of English literature. For further ideas, these articles should be helpful:

    https://contently.net/2014/11/06/resources/tools/training/10-best-colleges-creative-writers/

    https://www.flavorwire.com/409437/the-25-most-literary-colleges-in-america
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  • DadTwoGirlsDadTwoGirls 6824 replies2 threads Senior Member
    "English or Creative Writing Major."
    "I'm more interested in the right fit..."

    The best fit is going to be a university that will allow you to graduate with NO debt at all.

    My oldest graduated a couple of years ago with no debt, but a slightly more employable major. She was able to get a dream job that did not pay very well but that is good for what she wanted to do going forward. It has lead to a great second job. However, she is finding that she is just making enough to live on. If she had debt she would have needed to live with us and find a job near here. Having no debt has opened up a lot of other options for her.
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  • collegemom3717collegemom3717 8195 replies87 threads Senior Member
    edited August 7
    Could not agree more with @DadTwoGirls: graduating from college w/o debt is the best gift you can give yourself especially in fields where entry positions are poorly paid and/or where employment at all can be problematic.
    edited August 7
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  • angeliaxangeliax 1 replies1 threads New Member
    Kenyon and Oberlin have really good programs. You could also apply to Reed, Gettysburg, Macalester, or Wheaton.
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  • DjMillerDjMiller 4 replies5 threads New Member
    Would I have a realistic chance at any of these schools?
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 84666 replies752 threads Senior Member
    DjMiller wrote: »
    I'm more interested in the right fit than the money at the moment.

    Affordability is most prospective college students' most important college fit factor.
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  • MWolfMWolf 3001 replies14 threads Senior Member
    DjMiller wrote: »
    Would I have a realistic chance at any of these schools?

    You have a realistic chance at all of the colleges I mentioned, though some are realistic reaches, and others realistic matches.

    Macalaster, Oberlin, and Reed would be reaches or even high reaches (especially Mac), but an application to any one of these would not be a waste of your time, IMO.
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  • Eeyore123Eeyore123 2189 replies25 threads Senior Member
    Kenyon creative writing has an additional entry process. Also, it is one of the few schools that I think that you really need to visit.
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  • hsgal83846hsgal83846 17 replies5 threads Junior Member
    I definitely recommend doing virtual tours and I think you should look into St. Lawrence University, Gettysburg College, Franklin & Marshall College, Hobart, Union College, and Bucknell (I agree with above, would be a low reach). All of these schools are realistic for you to get into.
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  • coffeeat3coffeeat3 179 replies1 threads Junior Member
    If you are open to Kenyon and Oberlin - try researching the College of Wooster. Also, agree Knox is worth a further look too.
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