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East coast / midwest colleges for smart B+ / A- student
I'm sure this has been asked thousands of times, and I know there's even a book with a similar title, but now I'm at a loss for my own kid. ISO east coast or midwest small to medium-sized colleges for my son. He's intellectual with strong test scores, lots of rigor and APs, but he's not focused on grades (he's very social and a bit disorganized, so gets some Bs when he's capable of As). He loves a good discussion about social justice issues or politics. Also loves music and sports. He wants a diverse, down-to-Earth college with lots of school spirit and fun sports, but not too preppy or focused on Greek life; also not overly counter-culture. Classes with other smart students and excellent professors who will lead engaging and challenging discussions are a must. He's likely to be a social science major; his sociology teacher this year says he's "on fire" during spirited classroom debates. Any ideas / suggestions? So far I've got Vassar, Macalester, and Kenyon on the list. My son also would like to visit some medium-sized colleges with active sport teams and lots of school spirit. Right now, Georgetown is his dream school (will be a reach, with his B+ grades). Thank you!34 replies