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Which schools to apply for following profile of my son.

kevbush777kevbush777 3 replies2 threads New Member
My son got his SAT score - 2120 (CR-650, Math-800, Writing 670)
His GPA Unweighted - 3.85 weighted 4.45, UC GPA : 4.07
IB (middle and high school). 4th degree blackbelt.
ACT : 33
SAT II Math - 800
SAT II Chem - 760
We are based in california and He is interested in Engineering.
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  • TorveauxTorveaux 1451 replies10 threads Senior Member
    UC school of choice. Arizona State. BYU. Colorado School of Mines. Idaho.

    You didn't say much about what his interests are other than the martial art. He could be competitive at some schools. HIs CR score is a bit low for the top tier schools.

    Do you need money or is that covered? What is he looking for in a school?
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  • mathmommathmom 33191 replies161 threads Senior Member
    Is he interested in going away? Could you afford it? For engineering any of the big state U's will probably be good options, but if he'd like something smaller - he may have to look further afield since both Harvey Mudd and Caltech are very selective. (My older son didn't get into either of them with higher grades and better scores, seven years ago.)
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  • MiamiDAPMiamiDAP 16183 replies1 threads Senior Member
    It is OK to go to any school for engineering, any UG that you son personal prefers. Engineering firms hire mostly locally anyway. If you are looking for Merit awards (might as well with this stats, we were defifnitely interested and D. ended up going to UG on full tuition Merit), then one school that I know is Case which is very strong in engineering. However, many CA kids have trouble driving in the snow, so your S. might not like being in OH at all.
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  • KnoxpatchKnoxpatch 343 replies8 threads Member
    Cal Poly might be of interest.
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 83507 replies741 threads Senior Member
    Read http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/college-search-selection/1621234-before-you-ask-which-colleges-to-apply-to-please-consider-p1.html (the list is aimed at students, but parents can read it when helping their kids come up with application lists). Points 1 and 3 are important to narrow down the list.

    If he is interested in UCR, and it is affordable, he should sign up for UCR's admission guarantee during July:
    https://vcsaweb.ucr.edu/gap/index.aspx
    Then he should include UCR in his regular UC application. UCR will then be a 100% sure thing safety.
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  • aunt beaaunt bea 10351 replies72 threads Senior Member
    Son's SAT score needs to go up more for the first tier UC's. I would also recommend the Cal Poly's but make sure he VISITS the campuses.

    Don't mean to offend you, but why are you looking for your son? Did he ask for help? Most kids want to be proactive with this process. Just wondering because my son wanted to make sure we wouldn't influence his choices so he talked to his counselors, minimally asked us for opinions, and researched the university websites and then came up with a list. We told him what we could and couldn't afford so he pared his list.
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  • bookwormbookworm 9257 replies74 threads Senior Member
    caltech
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  • oldfortoldfort 23483 replies308 threads Senior Member
    I would use his ACT score of 33 and 2 SAT II scores. He would be competitive for Cornell Engineering if he is top 10% of his class. Again, as mentioned by other posters, does he want to go away and will he need FA?
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  • LakeWashingtonLakeWashington 8927 replies483 threads Senior Member
    Certainly Cal Poly SLO and Cal Poly Pomona.

    Consider also...
    South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
    Rice University
    Texas Christian University
    Iowa State University
    Illinois Institute of Technology
    Northwestern University
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  • happy1happy1 24043 replies2411 threads Super Moderator
    Do you have any geographic/financial restrictions? Certainly the UCs should be on the list. Then perhaps schools like Cornell, GA Tech, Carnegie Mellon, UMichigan
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  • intparentintparent 36291 replies644 threads Senior Member
    Aunt Bea, your son's behavior was the ideal, but I think many of us who have at one time had 17 year-old sons had to do some of the preliminary exploration.

    And 17 year old daughters, too. And odds are good that the parents are paying most of the bill, so for the parent to sit on the sidelines seems ridiculous to me.
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  • kevbush777kevbush777 3 replies2 threads New Member
    Thanks for your responses. He is interested in Electrical Engineering. At least that's what he tells us. So far, we have visited Cal Poly SLO, UCD, UCB, UCSB & UCSC. This weekend we will visit UCLA, UCSD.
    He being the only child, we would like him to stay close to us.Though, we are planning to visit Michigan/Illinois this summer.
    Right now, we are very confused with schools. We hear it doesn't make sense to move out of state unless you are getting some kind of ride. At the same time, we hear stories about How overcrowded UCs/CSUs are. Its like we are in panic mode and feel may be we should have started looking into this earlier. Again, its going to be his choice. We are just trying to collect information for him.
    Has anyone used college planners help in this regard? What is your experience?
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 83507 replies741 threads Senior Member
    Use the net price calculator at each school's web site to get an idea of what financial aid will be like. Out of state public schools usually do not give good financial aid. However, some may not have that high out-of-state prices (e.g. Minnesota, SUNYs, NC State, Virginia Tech, SD Mines, NM Tech).
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  • dustypigdustypig 910 replies17 threads Member
    The UCs are certainly getting more competitive, but your son has good stats and stands a good chance. There's no need to panic! He will get into a good school.

    Has he expressed a preference for any of the campuses you've visited? I haven't been to all of them, but I would say that UCD and UCSC, for example, are very different in terms of "feel."
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  • BrownParentBrownParent 12597 replies179 threads Senior Member
    edited July 2014
    Stop panicking you have time and you don't need a college advisor. And don't apologize for helping your kid with the process, I think that is very necessary in this competitive environment.

    First, apply widely through the UC system since it is just one application, just pay the application fees. Also add a good number of CSU unless he is really averse in case of a shut out of UC. There is one kid posting recently with higher stats that yours and more/great EC and he didn't apply to many csu so didn't have choices and will be at CSU Fullerton this fall after no UC admission (he didn't apply everywhere.) Engineering is filling up and shutting people out. That one is a head scratcher, though.
    edited July 2014
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  • moonchildmoonchild 3266 replies30 threads Senior Member
    UC Santa Barbara is becoming a popular choice for engineering, has a stunning campus and is probably a bit easier to get into than UCSD right now, and certainly easier entry than UCLA or UCB. The few students I know who graduated from Santa Barbara had a good experience and have had no trouble finding jobs.
    If you're considering privates, USC is also another excellent California-based option.
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  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Forum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama 84346 replies1049 threads Forum Champion
    Are you willing to be full-pay at UMich (engg and upper-division costs are probably 55k+ now)

    Your state has plenty of very good engg schools. try....SCU and USC for privates.
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  • MiamiDAPMiamiDAP 16183 replies1 threads Senior Member
    I woudl say that if UMich is under consideration, then there is no reason under the sky to pay that much if he can attend comparable and much smaller private Case Western paying very little in tuition.
    But it looks like CA is a choice of state any way. For engineering, as I have mentioned before, there is no reason to travel far. Specifically, my H. is an Electrical Engineer. All engineering firms that we know hire locally from the local colleges anyway.
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  • TorveauxTorveaux 1451 replies10 threads Senior Member
    Many good schools offer merit for OOS students. The test scores are good enough...how was the PSAT? Is he a candidate for NMS? That opened a lot of doors for our future engineer.
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