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Suggestions for Safety schools? (Engineering)

nomadicmommynomadicmommy 22 replies5 threads New Member
We're US citizens who live overseas; so not in state anywhere, though we'd like S to be Midwest, East Coast, or South East to be close to relatives. S is a junior. He is interested in engineering - most likely computer, but maybe electrical or mechanical.
36 ACT (36/36/36/35), taken 8 APs so far - 5's in all. SAT 2s: Math, Physics, Chem (all 800). In the running for NMS.
Nothing spectacular in ECs. Basketball, Piano, community service.

So far our safeties are: Virginia Tech, University of Maryland-College Park, and University of Central Florida (full ride for NMF). Our matches so far: Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, UMich, Case Western.

Other suggestions for Safety schools (and maybe other Match schools) to consider?



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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 82744 replies738 threads Senior Member
    Cost constraints?

    If you need low cost, consider looking in these lists for schools with the desired majors:
    http://automaticfulltuition.yolasite.com/
    http://nmfscholarships.yolasite.com/
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  • nomadicmommynomadicmommy 22 replies5 threads New Member
    Yup. That's where we learned of UCF :) U of Alabama is another option.
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  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Forum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama 84330 replies1049 threads Forum Champion
    edited February 2017
    What is your budget? (Assume that you'll need to budget about $5k per year for health insurance and int'l travel costs).

    I don't know if VT is a safety for an OOS student. Anyone know?
    edited February 2017
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  • merc81merc81 11673 replies199 threads Senior Member
    For match schools, consider URochester, which would be similar to CWRU, but offers a more traditional campus. RPI, which offers a curriculum similar to that of G-tech -- but at the oldest technical school in the country -- might be another school to look into.
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  • nomadicmommynomadicmommy 22 replies5 threads New Member
    I had both URochester and RPI on the list, but I wasn't sure how good they are at giving financial aid. RPI students graduate with large loans, and URochester is just a bit better.
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  • lalalemmalalalemma 797 replies51 threads Member
    WPI - would be a safety and he would probably qualify for a lot of merit aid.
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  • JustGraduateJustGraduate 658 replies14 threads Member
    edited February 2017
    @mom2collegekids - think VT and UMD are pretty close to safeties because of the 36 ACT but not guarantees given that it's engineering. I have seen a couple self reports of 36 being denied for Eng at VT but don't know what else could be going on. Generally VT takes ~30% OOS in the big admitting picture but last year the OOS engineering admits were closer to 45%. If that's the beginning of a trend, it would further help the OP.

    George Mason engineering would be a true safety academically with excellent research and internship opportunities in the DC metro area. Would be chance of merit aid for this student as well.
    edited February 2017
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  • 2sunny2sunny 374 replies11 threads Member
    @nomadicmommy Congrats on NMF ! We are also NMF ! wants Computer Science, so we are looking at U Central
    FL. Have you looked at colleges in TX for NMF? we just added U TX Dallas for their Full Ride, and then we are driving to U of KY for Merit week for their Full Ride.
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  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Forum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama 84330 replies1049 threads Forum Champion
    <<<
    think VT and UMD are pretty close to safeties because of the 36 ACT but not guarantees given that it's engineering. I have seen a couple self reports of 36 being denied for Eng at VT but don't know what else could be going on.
    <<<

    That's my concern....and each year things get more dicey. There is a lot of instate pressure to accept more instate kids because so many are getting rejected with strong stats. That 30% OOS may get reduced...who knows!
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  • Parentof2014gradParentof2014grad 1058 replies13 threads Senior Member
    Illinois Institute of Technology? It's midwest, strong in those majors, and your son would be considered for their competitive full tuition scholarships. My D's scholarship also covers a co-terminal master's degree. She's had some great opportunities there. PM me if you have any questions.
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  • nomadicmommynomadicmommy 22 replies5 threads New Member
    Thanks! These look great!
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