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Help in picking LAC for undecided major

mbembe Registered User Posts: 189 Junior Member
MY J is undecided as what to major in. We live in New Jersey and have only toured TCNJ. She wants a mid-size school, about 15,000. I need suggestions on state schools with good honors programs or private schools that would give merit aid. She wants to be 3 to 4 hours from home. Any suggestions are welcome. Here are her stats:

GPA: 3.8 u/w
SAT: 2130/760M/690CR/680CW
EC's: Skills USA State Treasurer; Skills USA President (local chapter); Honor Society; Choir; DARE Fundraising

I can't think of anything else.
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Replies to: Help in picking LAC for undecided major

  • trouttrout Registered User Posts: 253 Junior Member
    LAC? 15,000 students? I think you mean 1,500. (I'll leave others to the task of recommending)
  • mbembe Registered User Posts: 189 Junior Member
    no, I didn't. Are LAC's usually small?
  • MomofWildChildMomofWildChild Registered User Posts: 22,431 Senior Member
    Penn State is big, but has an excellent honors college- one of the best. This makes the university feel "smaller" in many ways.
    U of Delaware also has a good honors program.
    As for smaller LACs, what about Lafayette, Colgate, Bucknell.
  • RaboKarabekianRaboKarabekian Registered User Posts: 2,820 Senior Member
    I doubt any of those LACs would give much merit aid. You'll want to look beyond LACs for student bodies of 15,000.
  • trouttrout Registered User Posts: 253 Junior Member
    I'm not sure if size is definitively used to classify LAC's, but it's definitely important for a LAC to be small for it to carry out its mission.

    The largest LAC's hardly push 4000 students. Many are in the 1000 range, and some have very small enrollment in the 100s.

    15,000 is definitely a large school, and make sure she's ready for all of its problems. (I thought I wanted a huge school until I started to think about it).

    Check out Rutgers (hons.), and some of the better SUNY's like Binghamton or Stony Brook (for science.) University of Maryland and UConn are high quality state schools. University of Rochester is a smaller university but it gives loads of merit aid. Penn State at University Park sounds like a great option since its very well respected and there's loads to do there. It's also enormous.

    There have to be many more good state schools in the area I just can't think of them.
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