<p>I have to start off by saying that Carleton sounds AMAZING. The only problem is that I'm not sure if I can get in without the early decision(or even with it for that matter) and there are two reasons why ED is not really an option:
1.) I've heard that colleges give less financial aid for ED applicants because theyre not competing over you. Financial Aid is a MAJOR issue since my parents are divorced and my mother is unwilling to pay anything for my college. If I had both parents incomes I'd be in the range where I wouldn't need much financial aid but I don't know how I go about telling the financial aid office that my dads income is the only one that will help me and therefore I need a lot more.
2.) I haven't visited and won't be able to do so until accepted. I live in PA so I'd have to fly and my dad and I both work and have crazy schedules. </p>
<p>The schools sounds amazing based on everything I've heard. I wanted a liberal arts college(love small classes and closeness to professors) but all of the options my guidance counselors have suggested to me have either been too conservative and preppy(ex: Washington and Lee) or too much of a hippie school(ex: Oberlin). I'm a liberal but not to an extreme so I wanted a place that seemed like it had a diverse group of people and Carleton seems to fit that description. I also like that it seems like it has a lot of weird traditions and has a quirky reputation. Anyways before I go ramble on forever about the reasons I think I'd love Carleton, here are my stats:</p>
<p>white female from PA
SAT I: 1440
SAT IIS: Bio M, Eng, Math IIC, all in 700 range
Rank: 16/330 in class at competitive public high school
Taking toughest course load at my school. We have a gifted program that you have to take IQ testing and maintain at least a B to get/stay in the class and I'm in all of those classes. We have those and regular AP courses and the gifted courses are considered above AP and prepare you for the AP test. APs: Will be taking Art History, Calc, Gov/politics, Eng. Lit, and possibly others depending on whether I think I'll do well(Bio, Physics, Spanish) by end of this year. Already took English Language and got a 5.
GPA: 3.9 unweighted 4.3 weighted
Extra curriculars:Key Club(10,11,12)Student Gov(10,11,12)NHS-elected head of peer tutoring and was a volunteer peer tutor myself(11,12) worked 100+ hours of volunteer work at sports medicine clinic, attended highly competive summer program(Pennsylvania Governor's School of Health Care) as well as other programs(National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine), Leadership Club-did summer leadership training program between 9th and 10th grade to join club(10,11,12), BBYO(Jewish Youth group)(11,12),Cross Country(9-had to quit because of hip injury), crew(rowing)(10,11,12(maybe, if I have time))work approximately 20 hrs per week at bagel place(reason why not able to do crew seeing as I desperately need money and crew usually costs at least a couple hundred a month), Competitive Rowing camp over summer between 10th and 11th grade
Planned major/career: deciding between law and journalism and pretty set on an English/Poly Sci double major
Other interesting facts: My dad and brother never finished college so I don't know if this will help me since I'll be a first generation college student on my dads side of the family.
Please tell me your opinions about my chances at Carleton. I'm really worried about it since I'm unable to get the leadership positions that most people have over their senior year due to the fact that my time is generally split between work and my crazy course load this year(8 gifted/ap courses). Also if you can tell me anything that you love/hate about Carleton that would be appreciated since I'm unable to visit.
Also, if there are any other schools that are like Carleton or you think I should look at I'm open to suggestions. I'm currently considering:
Northwestern, Grinnell, Yale(huge reach in my opinion), UVA, Penn State Honors, Amherst
I definitely think that based on what I've heard about it, Carleton would be a perfect fit for me though. Wish I could visit and apply ED with guaranteed good finaid(sigh)....</p>