So I somewhat unexpectedly have a junior son who has decided to graduate at the end of this school year. We had already begun the college search but it's a bit more time-crunched now.
He's mature, awesome, sunny, friendly, bright, and an athlete. He loves his circle of friends and also likes to meet new people. He had originally thought that maybe he would consider college athletics but now will not. He has a 3.95 unweighted GPA in rigorous classes, hasn't taken his ACT/PSAT yet (historically has scored very well on standardized testing, always above 90th percentile). Won an important school leadership aware, 3 sport varsity athlete from sophomore year on, co-founder of the feminist student union. Nice upstanding kid, will have strong letters of recommendation.
He has traveled around the world--of note, is half first generation immigrant (mom American, dad from somewhere else) and is not Christian. Open to schools outside the US. Not opposed to historically religiously affiliated schools but does not want to be in a religion-centric place. Does not yet know what he wants to study but does want the option for Arabic classes, some type of design possibly, and is considering maybe going to medical school.
He will apply to UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, and UMinn as safeties. He liked Fordham when we visited for his older brother but that was a bit ago. UCincinnati for design/co-op seems like a good possibility. I also feel like Marist, DePaul, UPS, and Georgetown have elements that fit him. Rice would be a long shot but seems like a nice fit. His brother went to Eckerd and he's not opposed to it but I don't think it's the same fit as it was for S19. I think a place with smart, busy, fun, nice kids is kind of the vibe he would like. That's pretty generic and a category that can be found anywhere, I know, but it's kind of the ideal atmosphere.
He doesn't want to be way out in the boonies with no access to good food off campus. Likes cities but not opposed to smaller places as long as there is some access to a city within reasonable distance. Doesn't feel like he needs huge rah-rah sports but would participate if it's there. Ok for any distance from home (midwest).
We will not pay an unlimited amount for a college education but have a fairly liberal budget, unless things remain online in which case we are not super interested in a 70,000/year bill.
I could use some brainstorming, please! I've kept a running document on schools that may be right for him but he's less distinct in college needs/preferences than my older son and it's just a bit harder to power through it quickly. Suggestions much appreciated.