Chance me & Help Finalize List!

<p>I'm a high school senior that connect finalize the rest of my college list! </p>

GPA: 3.84 UW, 4.0 W
Top 20% of class
ACT: 30 </p>

3 year Varsity dance team member, two-time State Champion.
Quit dance team senior year - now take art class at local art college, sewing classes, and got a part-time job as a sales associate.
Spent last summer doing the Summer Intensive Studies (4 wk program, 4 college credits) studying Fashion Design at Parsons the New School for Design in NYC. Received an A-
(Also some community service - helping at grade school/library/teaching dance clinics, and 2 yr member of Greens Club)
Will also submit art portfolio (that is fairly good) as supplement</p>

<p>I think my recommendations will be very good/good, and I am a fine writer so my essays should also be very/fairly good. </p>

<p>I am FOR SURE applying to (all RD):
Bard College
Parsons the New School for Design
Oregon State University (safety)
University of Oregon (safety) / Clark Honors College</p>

<p>I'm having the hardest time trying to decide which other LAC's to apply to. Bard is my #1 LAC and trying to choose other one's to apply to is very difficult for me! </p>

Smith College (will most likely apply)
St. John's College
Sarah Lawrence College
Hampshire College
Kenyon College (not so sure about Ohio...)
Carleton College
Bowdoin College (& Carleton = large reaches) </p>

<p>PLEASE HELP! I need to finalize my list ASAP - I am already behind. What are my chances of getting into the colleges on my list? Any other colleges I should be looking at if I like Bard? Which ones on my "Maybe" list should I apply to?
How are my stats/my chances of getting into schools?! </p>

<p>Thanks so much!!</p>

<p>I would suggest Colgate University and Lafayette College for LAC's</p>

<p>Why no love for OH? :) As you know it's a big reach for Carleton. Kenyon is possible. DD2 also liked Smith, Carleton and Kenyon. She now attends L&C.</p>

<p>Ha, I just really want to be on the east coast, up north! Nothing against Ohio, I've never been there so I suppose I shouldn't say. I researched Kenyon but I don't feel like I know that much about the school. Can anyone tell me more about it? </p>

<p>I know Carleton and Bowdoin are big reaches. I'm just having a hard time knowing what my meets/reaches are. And I feel like I might as well apply to one reach? But I'm not even sure if I like the school that much so I'll probably won't apply.</p>

<p>Also - it's really important to me that the college I go to has a strong arts/fine arts/studio arts program. I also really am looking for a college with small classes and teachers that love talking to students. Other than that I'm really interesting in going into History and Literature. </p>

<p>Any ideas of colleges that fit that?</p>

<p>Not sure about the fine/studio arts at Kenyon. The teachers are awesome and it is a small, close knit community in the middle of the corn fields, surrounded by large trees. The town of Gambier is pretty much just there for the college. It is very preppy. The architecture is amazing (in the style of British schools). History and Lit are excellent there (particularly Lit - Kenyon had one of the first Literature magazines in the US).</p>

<p>Whenever I read someone call Kenyon "preppy" I'm compelled to write back and say it is NOT really preppy. If I was looking for a word to describe the student body, I would use "artsy" and/or "quirky" rather than "preppy." (Or at least that's the impression we've gotten on our multiple trips out there, and that's what my very non-preppy kid thinks.)</p>

<p>I don't know anything about fine/studio arts there. I do know the professors there are wonderful. Very engaged with the students and the classes are small (as is the entire school - only about 1600 students). It's a beautiful campus with a wonderful student body. If you do decide that Kenyon will be on your list, you should definitely visit and let them know of your interest. If you're a female applying there, it's not that easy to gain admission.</p>

<p>All of the other colleges on my son's list were on the East Coast, but somehow he ended up in Gambier, Ohio. Go figure.</p>