S is a Jr. at competitive catholic school. Has the exact score needed for NMSF if score stays the same as last year. In KS educated opinion is it will. Who knows. He has 4.0 and 4.5 out of 4.5, all honors, 3 sports fresh & soph yrs, 1 sport Jr.yr. Extensive community service. SAT 1460. ACT 34 but will keep taking to get goal of 35.
If he gets NMF (which high schools counselor thinks he will) he wants to go safety route to Arkansas, OU, Alabama, U of Kentucky. Honors school if poss. Even if not NMF what chances of merit scholarship at those or other schools. We're above ave. income with little savings (self employed). Ideal would be Marquette, Miami U, Purdue, Clemson, Auburn, Univ of South Carolina but need strong merit aid. Wants to study engineering. Not sure if he should settle for safety school or apply at numerous - hate the costs of applying at 10+ schools. Help!!