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Which schools to apply for following profile of my son.

kevbush777kevbush777 Registered User Posts: 5 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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Replies to: Which schools to apply for following profile of my son.

  • TorveauxTorveaux Registered User Posts: 1,461 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?
  • mathmommathmom Registered User Posts: 32,039 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.)
  • MiamiDAPMiamiDAP Registered User Posts: 16,184 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.
  • KnoxpatchKnoxpatch Registered User Posts: 351 Member
    Cal Poly might be of interest.
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 76,598 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.
  • aunt beaaunt bea Registered User Posts: 9,800 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.
  • bookwormbookworm Registered User Posts: 8,809 Senior Member
    caltech
  • oldfortoldfort Registered User Posts: 22,997 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?
  • LakeWashingtonLakeWashington Registered User Posts: 9,315 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
  • happy1happy1 Forum Champion Parents, Forum Champion Admissions Posts: 24,467 Forum Champion
    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
  • intparentintparent Registered User Posts: 36,877 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.
  • kevbush777kevbush777 Registered User Posts: 5 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?
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 76,598 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).
  • dustypigdustypig Registered User Posts: 926 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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