Hi all. A brief introduction about my transferring situation and educational journey. I moved to the States five years as a junior in high school, then went to a community college in Socal for three years now. This year is my third year and will stay here for another year. The reason why I will stay here for four years is not because I was a part-time student, but because of switching majors and doing prerequisites. I did a lot of art studio classes in high school, current community college, two art studio classes in Pasadena City College and Art Center at Night Program, respectively in order to prepare a portfolio to apply as an Industrial Design major. However, even though pursuing a career in Industrial Design is still my goal, I uncovered the type of college education system called liberal arts college that has to offer in the States as I digested the college information in community college. Most importantly, many of my values and life philosophies are similar to or the same as that of the liberal arts college's.
Although I am still confronted with the language barrier and I will be facing more language and academic challenges I, after one year of consideration, am keen to take on more obstacles. I have been pushing myself out of my comfort zone and keeping my pace to take more academically challenged courses and to do extra curricular activities in order for me to prepare for a four-year rigorous college experience.
However, here comes the issue. I read one of the thread about a student having a SAT Critical reading score lower than 550, and he/she was strongly recommended by Reedies about the importance of getting a higher score for the sake of FA, admissions, and future academic life.
1) I am not an international student. I will either apply as a permanent resident or a naturalized U.S. citizen before March 2015.
2) I need a generous FA to cover 80-100% of the tuition because I come from a low-income family. Of course I could take out some federal loans (No privates), but just like to know if Reed is need-blind admission.
3) I HAVE NOT TAKEN MY SAT. As stated above, I transferred here as a Junior in high school. But I am willing to study it on my own and try everything to give a shot - and I hope that this isn't the part where I am not being realistic.
4) I think the most thing I concerned is having a higher SAT score higher enough for me to get the admissions before 2015 or Feb 2015.
I am facing the same frustration as applying to other liberal arts college where ask me for a SAT I score such as Oberlin. I planned on applying to Scripps college and Pitzer College (both do not require SATI), Reed College, Oberlin College, or others. I liked to apply to 5-6 selective or somewhat competitive liberal arts college that either require SAT scores or not and are need-blind admissions (preferable). I will really appreciate your constructive suggestions or SAT preparation guidance.
Thank you all in advance.