Chance Me (Pitzer, Duke, NYU, Oxy, Barnard, Syracuse)

Demographics
US citizen from North Carolina
Attends Prep School (top 3 in US)
Female
Faculty connection at Duke

Intended Major(s)
Political Science

GPA, Rank, and Test Scores
Unweighted HS GPA: 3.88
ACT/SAT Scores: 35

Coursework
APUSH, AP European History, Calc AB, AP Computer Science, AP Lang

Extracurriculars
Head of Political Club, Head of Content for an online activism organization (over 20k followers on Instagram), writer for school newspaper, participates in weekly community service at local homeless shelter, 12+ years of piano performance (will submit recordings), piano teacher for local students

Schools
Reach(not sure which to ED):
Pitzer
Duke
Barnard
Emory
Match
NYU
Haverford
UMich
Hamilton
Likely
Occidental
UNC-CH
Brandeis
Denison
Safety
American
L&C (Portland)
Syracuse

If you are in one of the “top 3” HS in the US you have much better chancing resources than anybody on CC can give you.

What are you looking for from CC? validation? a different opinion than your advisor (who will have the best possible understanding of college outcomes from your school)? a release of the general anxiety that comes from being in a super-intense prep school?

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I would move Pitzer down to Match and Haverford, Michigan, and Michigan up to reach.

American - you’d be surprised - it is a safety - but they are huge Demonstrated Interest. You see 34 ACTs rejected as they didn’t show interest and 26s getting in.

If you don’t have a definite school you want to attend, then you should not ED. Only ED if you have a clear top choice and you can clearly afford it. Use their Net Price Calculator to see.

You didn’t mention cost concerns - but you’d get some big $ at some really great schools if you wanted to keep tuition down.

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I assume that you are a rising senior?

What kind of experience are you a looking forward to in college? What would you like to get out of college? What are your career aspirations?

I don’t see a theme to the schools on your list. On what basis were they selected? What am I missing?

This site may help you refine your choices:

Just looking for another perspective.

Look at your school’s Naviance or scoir. That alone should tell you a lot. And ask your CGO. They should assign your schools as reach/match/likely.

But, you should also be looking at fit. The schools you’ve listed are very different. Do you want an urban environment? A suburban environment? A college town? A LAC or a university? Can you do some visits?