I went and ran a few NPCs. Since I obviously don’t have real grades and test scores, I gave my kid perfect grades and test scores on the NPC’s to see what the maximum automatic merit would be.
The schools that meet full need came back great. Way below our in state. Our in state, I think we could come up with, although it depends on where his sibling goes. But the other schools, like WPI or RPI were out of reach.
For civil engineering, there are only 4 “full need” D3 schools. MIT, JHU, Tufts and CWRU. Union, Swat, and Trinity don’t have civil. So, for any other D3 school, a ticket to the admit pile wouldn’t mean much.
At this point, it’s just curiosity. Lots could change, my kid could stop playing, or decide he wants to major in something else, or our finances could changes.