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Suggestions for son...

mom2threemom2three Registered User Posts: 810 Member
edited June 2008 in Parents Forum
DS just got his SAT scores. M:770, V:700 W:660. He's a rising senior, doesn't plan to take them again (this was his second run, and he went up from 2050 to 2130.)

Grades are good (about 4.25 average, depending on how you weight) and his schedule has been challenging (4 AP classes junior year, 6 senior year). He's wrestled for 4 years, and has been active in French Club, French Honor Society, NHS, and Academic Team.

We're in FL, so Bright Futures is a sure thing, plus possible merit aid from schools other than UF.

He doesn't know what he wants to study. Leaning towards computers/mathy stuff.

If we want to go smaller than the state U's and still be in the southeast, what schools can you recommend that might offer serious merit aid? Finances are definitely a factor. With two in school, our EFC was greater than our out-of-pocket expenses. With three we may scratch out a little need-based, but not much.

Despite the scores, grades, and the mom who posts on CC, this is not a hugely ambitious kid who wants a prestige school. He's a very bright, nice, funny, laid-back kid. Oh, FWIW, he is not into writing. At this point I don't think a writing heavy LAC would be his thing.

Thanks in advance for any ideas or suggestions. We're using the online tools, etc., but first-hand experience means more.
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  • ConsolationConsolation Registered User Posts: 23,020 Senior Member
    I think that with three in school and his stats you should at least look at the 100% need-based alternatives. Have you tried running the Amherst online calculator with the 3-in-school figures? (Not that he should necessarily apply there--possibly too writing-heavy for him--but the calculator is good!) I have no idea what their FA--merit or need--is like, but Davidson would seem like a southeast possibility for him. How about that school where Curmudgeon's D goes...is it Rhodes?
  • RealMRealM Registered User Posts: 879 Member
    Definitely look into Vanderbilt University.
  • mathmommathmom Registered User Posts: 32,045 Senior Member
    If he wants to avoid writing - Carnegie Mellon has pretty minimal distributional requirements as long as you have 4s and 5s on the relevant APs. Requirement differ a bit by each school. The School of Computer Science would be a reach and may be more intense than what he wants. He might like a place like Brown which doesn't have distribution requirements at all. Georgia Tech has a good reputation, but I don't know if it's worth it over what you can get from the Florida universities.
  • curious77curious77 Registered User Posts: 759 Member
    Davidson only offers very specific academic scholarships for which, on the most part, the student must submit an additional application. First I will say make sure to consider the honors college at UF, since your S qualifies with his SAT scores. It is very nice and the dorm is beautiful. Otherwise, other Florida schools are smaller, such as Florida Atlantic's honors program. I agree on the Ga Tech suggestion and they give merit scholarships but you must apply by an earlier deadline. Emory offers merit money too. Other SE schools that are generous include Elon, and Wake. But I don't know if they are a match for his interests. Good luck.
  • paying3tuitionspaying3tuitions Registered User Posts: 13,330 Senior Member
    Welll it's a stretch to call Maryland "Southeast" but it was below the Mason Dixon Line in the Civil War.

    So, what about Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore? If you find good direct flights between FL and the BWI airport, or even train connections, you can send him solo on public transportation and save the constant regional driving, which gets old after Freshman Orientation.
  • mom0809mom0809 Registered User Posts: 416 Member
    Check out Furman. They have some good merit scholarships, in the southeast, and on the smaller side. Not sure how much of a match it is for him otherwise.
  • tonerangertoneranger Registered User Posts: 3,723 Senior Member
    Elon or Clemson would likely give him heavy-duty merit aid. Also College of Charleston.
    Univ of Miami gives good merit aid.
    Wake Forest and Emory are less generous with merit aid but he might have a shot.
    I agree that Vanderbilt should be on his list. Maybe Tulane too?
  • cptofthehousecptofthehouse Registered User Posts: 27,913 Senior Member
    The schools that tend to meet full need are often those that give only need based aid. Without merit money, such schools are just going to meet your need as defined by PROFILE. I suggest you run your numbers through that to see what they feel is need. If you need more than that and still want to go out side of the Florida state schools, you need to look at the colleges that offer merit money. They tend to have very high standards for that kind of money (like HPY eligible), and it is hard to get. Since safeties are in place, he can shoot for the stars in terms of this, however.

    Some schools that are selective and have some great scholarships are UNC-Ch, UMIami, Wake, Tulane, Vanderbit, UVA (can he get a Jefferson scholar nomination?), Rhodes College, Davidson, Duke, Georgia Tech, Johns Hopkins, George Washington, American. If he goes out of the Southeast, he may have some bigger oppotunities at schools like Claremont, Santa Clara, Occidental, Colorado College, Macalester, Carlton, Oberlin, Denison, Boston College, Fordham U. Many more. I have avoided large state schools that have generous merit aid, as that is why he does not want to go to the Florida states where he can go for very little.
  • nysmilenysmile Registered User Posts: 5,850 Senior Member
    What about Eckerd? His stats will definitely get him merit money and he might enjoy the laid back atmosphere.
  • mom2threemom2three Registered User Posts: 810 Member
    I looked at Eckerd, and he may apply. However it is RIGHT in our backyard, and I think he'd like to be a little further from home.
  • nysmilenysmile Registered User Posts: 5,850 Senior Member
    lol. Totally understandable---I don't blame him for wanting to go away to school. I didn't realize you were close to Eckerd. He sounds like a great kid and any college will be happy to have him.
  • LilyMoonLilyMoon Registered User Posts: 1,832 Senior Member
    What about University of Miami...he should get some good aid there with your Florida residency and scholarship money combined.
  • mom2threemom2three Registered User Posts: 810 Member
    I have been put off by some of what I have read as its being a "rich kids' school." We are not Gucci/Prada folk. Is this info incorrect? I'm willing to have the boy look anywhere he may be happy.
  • mkm56mkm56 Registered User Posts: 3,062 Senior Member
    Another school that hasn't been mentioned is Elon U. With his stats he should get good merit there.
  • originaloogoriginaloog Registered User Posts: 2,645 Senior Member
    look at UNC-Wilmington. It is a small public university with reasonable oos tuition. A friends daughter recently graduated from there who is now attending med school and absolutely love her four years there. Its near the beach so I suspect the atmosphere is somewhat lsad back.
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