Can I get in? I need advice - please!

<p>As of now I am planning on applying to 9 schools, mostly because I am hoping to get a merit scholarship that will cover almost all of my tuition. What do you think my chances are of getting in and perhaps getting money from:
1. USC
2. Northwestern
3. George Washington
4. American
5. Pepperdine
6. Syracuse
7. Boston U
8. Ithaca</p>

<p>I have taken all honors (10 total) and AP classes (4) whenever available throughout high school. (Attended competitive public high school-also participated in Drama Magnet program)</p>

<p>GPA: W=4.13 (only AP classes weighted) UW=4.0
In top 5% of class (don't know my class rank specifically) out of 250 students
AP Biology: 5
AP US History: 5
Currently taking AP Literature and AP Calculus AB</p>

<p>SAT I: 1410 (700 Math, 710 Verbal)</p>

3 years JV and V Softball
2 years V Golf
4 years in Drama Magnet and performed in many school plays - was a Governor's Honors Semi-Finalist in Drama
3 years in film club
2 years in National Honor Society
1 year volunteer for Big Brothers/Big Sisters
2 years on school newspaper staff (1 year as In-Depth Editor) - won award at a summer Journalism week-long seminar as "Most Insightful Observationist"
2 years on student government
6 hours a week devoted to Church Youth Group</p>

<p>What do you think? Any ideas on California schools with Journalism programs that could be less expensive than private schools? Any ideas on schools with Journalism that I could be almost assured of a merit scholarship?</p>

<p>You seem pretty well qualified for your schools, as they all look like matches or safeties to me...good luck! I can't offer an opinion on the money though.</p>

<p>I agree, I think you are in great shape.</p>

<p>USC, northwestern and Syracuse, will be a long shot in getting a merit based scholorship. The other ones, you have a decent chance at.</p>

<p>thanks! Any one have any thoughts on my chances at an IVY . . . such as Cornell, UPenn, or Brown?</p>

<p>Might want to add some stronger schools like Colgate,Holy Cross, Trinity etc.</p>

<p>It looks like you have a good shot at all of the colleges. If you don't really want to go to BU, don't apply, then it'll give me a better chance to get in... just kidding.</p>