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Schools that admitted your B+/A- students?

MomtoAndrew2018MomtoAndrew2018 Registered User Posts: 210 Junior Member
I need some reality check on the list of schools we are considering. My DS is an incoming senior at a reputable local public HS and here are his stats:

GPA (unweighted): 3.5
GPA (weighted): 4.22
SAT: 1300 (he is going to retake this in August and thinks he can score better, but who knows?)
Class rank: top 25%

If you have a child with similar stats and was admitted to STEM majors, which schools are they?


Replies to: Schools that admitted your B+/A- students?

  • happy1happy1 Registered User Posts: 18,167 Senior Member
    My D was in that range also at a very good HS. She specifically wanted to attend a LAC that was strong in teh STEM fields and her top choices were Lafayette, Union, Franklin & Marshall, and Bucknell. We also looked at Lehigh which was larger than she was looking for but would have been another good option. FWIW she applied ED to Lafayette and absolutely loved it.

    What type of school is your S looking for? What is affordable to your family?
  • MomtoAndrew2018MomtoAndrew2018 Registered User Posts: 210 Junior Member
    edited July 11
    Thanks @happy1! Here is S's list. Our EFC is roughly at 50k (depending on which calculator I use), so I honestly do not expect we would get lucky for much need-based aid. I am hoping he can score some merit aid but since he is a B+ student, I am not sure if that hope if realistic.

    NC State
  • katliamomkatliamom Registered User Posts: 11,202 Senior Member
    Northeast is (or at least used to be in the not-so-distant-past) very friendly toward kids from beyond the Northeast. This may be one tactic: to look for schools that like geographic diversity.
  • yikesyikesyikesyikesyikesyikes Registered User Posts: 1,455 Senior Member
    I was a B+/A- student (although leaning a tad bit on the A- side). I graduated HS in 2015 and had a SAT score in the 1500-1550 range out of 1600. I go to Michigan now. Granted, it was a reach for me I assume.
  • katliamomkatliamom Registered User Posts: 11,202 Senior Member
    RE #3 -- That was supposed to be NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY... sorry
  • DadTwoGirlsDadTwoGirls Registered User Posts: 2,629 Senior Member
    What state do you live in?
  • MomtoAndrew2018MomtoAndrew2018 Registered User Posts: 210 Junior Member
    We live in MA.
  • wis75wis75 Registered User Posts: 12,355 Senior Member
    OP- thank you for giving a test score as well as gpa. There are those who underperform and those whose grades are higher than expected from test scores. That's a diverse list of schools. He will need to figure out which STEM majors most interest him, such as math, a science, CS, an engineering field or other. This will determine which rankings to assign schools. Some very different atmospheres on the list. Time for him to rank his priorities in a school. Academic programs compared in potential majors, plus the social and other factors. He needs to look at incoming freshmen/admitted student gpa/test score profiles to see where he fits. It's going to be an interesting application process for you to help him with.
  • compmomcompmom Registered User Posts: 8,215 Senior Member
    Getting in to a STEM like CS might be a different story from getting into the school. For instance, at UMass Amherst I believe first year acceptance to CS is extremely competitive. Is UMass Lowell on the list?
  • MomtoAndrew2018MomtoAndrew2018 Registered User Posts: 210 Junior Member
    edited July 12
    S is interested in CS and I understand this major has higher admission requirements. We have either visited or researched a lot of schools and these stand out. I know some are definite reaches.

    @compmom We visited UMA and S LOVES the school. In fact, it is his first choice. CS is quite competitive so he is hoping to at least make it into the exploratory track program and work his way into CS. No, UML is not on the list. S has done 2 summer camps at UML and does not care for it.
  • RightCoasterRightCoaster Registered User Posts: 1,658 Senior Member
    My son was an A-/B+ student, I think his weighted GPA ended up around 4.25, but his ACT was 32. He's going to NU next year.

    I was just there for orientation and heard Computer science is the hardest major to get admitted to by far.

    I think it's gotten much more difficult to get into NU and BU. I think most kids need SAT near 1400 and over and ACT of 31 and above these days, and those schools will be full pay- no merit money with those sats.

    You might want to consider U mass /Lowell, WPI. UVM has a new Stem center being built right now, he may qualify for some merit there.

    Good luck.
  • MomtoAndrew2018MomtoAndrew2018 Registered User Posts: 210 Junior Member
    edited July 12
    @RightCoaster Based on Naviance his chance of getting into WPI is below average. I honestly do not hold much hope he would get into any of the in state schools on his list (NU, BU, UMA). This is why we have a lot of OOS schools on the list. S actually prefers to go OOS. UVM is nice and S liked the school during our visit, but I am hoping he would make it into a school with a stronger reputation for STEM.
  • mamabear1234mamabear1234 Registered User Posts: 3,522 Senior Member
    edited July 12
    My S went to RIT (with a scholarship) and graduated with highest honors. His ACT score was 31, which was higher than his SAT result. He was admitted to the competitive video game design major (applied ED because he knew he qualified for the scholarship). He worked harder in college because he was more motivated, and had better grades

    Has he tried the ACT?
  • RightCoasterRightCoaster Registered User Posts: 1,658 Senior Member
    You can checkout schools like RIT. Clarkson and RPI. RPI is the most competitive of the 3. Computer science dept is strong there. Your son would probably get some merit $$ a Clarkson. It's a nice place, strong in STEM, but remote location. RIT might be a good fit too. I may visit the Rochester area at some point to visit RIT and U Rochester with my son19.
    UVM is going to make a strong push into Stem over the next few years. The schools president said it was the highest priority for the school going forward. The new Stem center is going to be awesome and the new dorms are nice. UVM is a decent choice, especially if your son likes it. He'll get in there, and the town is super. I think it's a nice place to go to school.
  • ECmotherx2ECmotherx2 Registered User Posts: 1,729 Senior Member
    There is a topic on this forum: Parents of the HS Class of 2017 - 3.0 to 3.4 GPA, starting on page 238, there is a list of schools that those who were active on the forum posted that their children were accepted to and cost. This may be helpful.
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