We are a proud parent of a promising student. She is in her junior year and we live in Central Florida (Orlando). She has got a perferct 4.0 GPA thus far. She has received 'A' in all AP classes. She has taken her SAT and her scores are like 670 V, 740 M, 710 R. She has taken 2 SAT II tests and have scored 740 and 720 in them (Chem and Biology). She has completed lots of EC on her resume. She has participated in several club, science competitions, piano competition,s vasity tennis team, performed science research at various universities, won science fair awards etc., She has 200 hours of volunteer work in the hospital. She has written a stellar college essays. Ultimately, she wants to pursue medical degree. We have the following options:
a) Apply for accelerated medical programs in Univ. South Florida or U of Miami locally.
b) Apply for out-of-state accelerated medical programs
c) Apply for one of the lower tier IVY schools like Cornell, Columbia or UPenn for pre-med program and then apply for local medical schools later.
In addition, we are looking for merit scholarships as well. I and my wife make more than 150K per year. Would this preculde us from getting need based scholarship everywhere we apply? Then we ned to pursue merit scholarships. Can any one advise from the above three options (in-state accelerated, out-of-state accelerated, IVY school) and tell us what are our realistic chances of getting a merit scholarship from one of the options?
Also, please advise from school perspective other than scholarship issues.
Any help will be greatly appreciated. I would love to hear any Florida parent who is in my similar position. Thanks much