@Collegefortwins The Denison campus is really charming (Olmstead of Central Park fame designed it), as is the nearby small town. It's about a half an hour from the Columbus airport so it's close enough to a city of size to balance its small town location. We only visited during the summer but our GC commented that the student vibe is similar to Dickinson so maybe it will work for your child.
We were a little disappointed about the cost at Dickinson. However, My D preferred Oberlin and is a very happy first year student there. Feel free to PM me if you have questions about her Oberlin experience.
I agree entirely with @Much2learn Have her take a timed ACT and SAT at home during the holidays with no prep. It may be that she doesn't need any prep and will ace the test. It may be that she does much better at one than the other and will know how to best invest her time. It may be that she gets a lackluster result that stings her pride as it's out of sync with her grades and she decides that prep is a good idea.
Practice test at home is relatively low stress - roughly a four hour commitment for each. To me, this is a much better idea than winging it on the real thing, especially if she intends to apply to schools that require submission of the complete testing history.
My D was overextended and not really invested in the college process until Spring of her Junior year. Once she got on board, she was on board. First SAT in May of Jr year, SAT subject tests in June, and then ACT in the fall, after taking a practice test at home and realizing that it was a better test for her. So I think you have time. But I do agree that she might want to take a good hard look at her schedule and see if there's any way to cut back.
Thanks for your detailed reviews. I have heard that Dickinson is very good at getting students practical experience in the form of internships, jobs, research opportunities, etc. and it is helpful to see how that had played out in practice.
My D applied and visited after being accepted. She ended up choosing a different LAC, but she appreciated what Dickinson had to offer.