Hi parents. I am looking for school recommendations for my daughter. She just began her senior year in high school and we are on the hunt for a great school! A few things about her:
- She is a math and science nerd and wants to study either math or physics, maybe with a minor in computer science. She currently thinks working as a data scientist would be her ideal career.
- She is shy, and one of my biggest worries is that she'll struggle to make friends at college. Because of this, we think a small college would be ideal. Definitely under 10,000 students, and with mostly small classes. I'm afraid she would get lost in the crowds of huge lecture halls.
- Her test scores are excellent: 35 ACT composite, 1480 SAT (740 each test), 770 Math 2 subject test. Her GPA is not as great, 3.72 weighted.
- She has ADD and struggles with organization, thus the less impressive GPA. So we are hoping to find a school with good disability services, study skill groups, etc. We are also open to various schedules. I think she would thrive at Colorado College, on the block plan, with only one class at a time to stay organized for. But she hates the idea of sitting in one class for hours a day. But perhaps a trimester plan, or other less traditional plans.
- We live in Colorado, and she wants to go out of state for school (although I'm making her apply to 2 in-state schools just in case she changes her mind). She is excited about the opportunity for new experiences, living some place new, etc. We recently visited New England and toured 8 different schools. There were four that she liked - Bates, Bowdoin, Brandeis, and Wellesley. Her absolute favorite was Bates. She loved the atmosphere, the feel, the culture of the campus. I don't know how to explain it, other than it felt like a quirky, nerdy kid would be accepted well there. We both felt that. However, we are viewing those 4 schools as her "reach" schools, and would like to find some less selective options that have that same welcome, accepting, quirky atmosphere.
- She is not interested in schools in the south, and would like to focus on the northeast, northwest, and midwest states.
Any suggestions on what we should research next would be much appreciated! We especially welcome comments on the culture and atmosphere of various campus, as you can't tell that at all from websites!