DS21 is a recruited athlete who has been told he is high on the board at both MIT and Johns Hopkins and has the full support of the head coaches at both schools. This means that he is likely to be accepted to JHU, and he has a 50:50 chance at MIT.
I'm a single mom in the donut hole because of his father's financials, and do not anticipate getting any need-based aid. I might be able to figure out a way to get some family support or his father might contribute and if so, and if money is not the concern it is right now, I'm wondering what the CC community thinks about this decision. To me, the first question he'd be asked if he decides to go to JHU is "oh, you want to be a doctor?" and the first question at MIT would be "oh, you want to be an engineer?" and he definitely does not want to be a doctor or a biomedical engineer. Is that too short-sighted of me?
He has been toying with ED'ing at Hopkins in the hopes that increases his chances for one of their rare merit scholarships but I don't think that's a good idea. I think that applying EA for both schools is the right move (I'd want him to ED at MIT but they don't do ED) and I still would love to see him on a full ride for so many reasons!
The other schools he is applying to are:
Carnegie Mellon (likely letter received last month, full football admissions support)
UChicago (also supported by football head coach, but they don't have engineering; he'd likely do Finance or Econ)
ASU (expect at least full tuition for NMF)
Univ. of Miami, FL (legacy, possible Stamps/Singer as well as Benacquisto...for as long as that fund remains solvent anyway)
Due to Covid, he has only visited Berkeley in person. I feel like this would be an easier decision if we had been able to take our college tour this spring. Over the past year we have ruled out some of the other logical options including CIT, Georgia Tech, Rice, Harvey Mudd, Pomona, Amherst, Cornell, FSU, UCF, and RPI for various reasons.
My top choices for him are MIT and Miami...these are obviously extremely different paths and ultimately it's his choice. (And yes, I know that we are extraordinarily blessed to be having this "problem.")