I’m looking for help to expand my S21’s college list. His main area of interest is computer science, but he also enjoys graphic design, with perhaps an interest in user experience (UX) design or software development. He hasn’t been able to take the SAT yet, but is overall a very strong student, likely in the top 5% of his class, likely National Merit Semifinalist, with good extracurricular depth and some awards in CS-related activities.
We’re in the Northeast and have been leaning toward staying in this region, especially given all the uncertainties in the world now, but are open to suggestions almost anywhere. He strongly prefers an urban campus, not interested in a party school, would prefer a racially/ethnically diverse setting. He’s open to a technically focused school, but he also has some wider-ranging interests, so I’m looking for schools that have significant humanities offerings as well. He really likes the traditional Ivy campus “feel” but understands that might be a stretch to find with wanting to be in a city.
His top two contenders right now are Brown and Northeastern, with part of the attraction being a focus on undergraduate CS instruction and that both have opportunities to pursue design. Other reach schools of current interest are MIT and University of Chicago. Right now his safety schools are National Merit full ride schools and our state flagship. We would be looking for some aid, either need or merit, to get us down to <$40,000/year.
Thank you in advance for any assistance! I know it’s time to get these lists squared away!