My husband and I feel overwhelmed and unsure of how to find the "right" college with our son.
My oldest is a junior. We visited a few colleges in NC last year just to get a feel for what he might like.
Visited UNC, Davidson, and Duke. He loved UNC, liked Duke, and hated Davidson, so I thought we were off to a good start on knowing he most likely wanted to go to a big state school.
He has no idea what he will choose as a major, thinking something in math or science, or maybe business analytics.
So trying to choose colleges by major isn't an option at this point. And I don't see that changing by next year.
He wants to look at mostly large state schools- Tennessee, Alabama, Clemson, South Carolina, and Georgia are all on his list, but he is not very proactive in the discussions at this point. He is excited about going to college, but not really wanting to look at them.
I want him to look at Miami of Ohio. And then we would like to find some mid sized schools to add to his list, but have absolutely no ideas what to recommend. We've done the college search websites, but it's hard to tell which schools offer merit money.
We're hoping he will get some merit aid. We can pay up to $15,000 per year. He made a 34 on his ACT and could possibly hit National Merit range based on his previous PSAT scores.
He only gets 2 days out of school for visits, so we're trying to plan a couple of visits for fall and spring break. He's main requirement is a bigger, active school where people are outside between classes (preferably playing something like ultimate Frisbee or spike ball).
This is our oldest child, and this whole process just seems so overwhelming. He's just not a very decisive kid, so that's not helping.
He goes to a smart public high school, so I wonder if a public honors college at an SEC school would be a good fit for him. In some high schools, he would be a "nerd" since he is smart, but at his school, he's just a smart, athletic kid in a smart athletic group. His group is pretty mainstream at his school, even though they mostly have really high test scores.
Hoping to find him a college where he could find a similar group of kids.
For those of you with kids already in college, does an honors college at a big SEC school seem like a possible good fit?
Any other schools you would add?
Would love any input! Thanks for reading this long winded post!