Costs need to stay below $35k a year, merit aid might be necessary (at least $5k, so achievable at the matches but not as likely at the reaches). All safeties are affordable.
Nothing colder than Pitt, please, if you’re suggesting additions. (Medical issue)
University of Miami
Potential Major: Bio (?) Considering premed
Also interested in studying computer science and music
New SAT: 1590
Old SAT: 2260, only sending when required
National Merit: most likely (224 SI)
GPA: 4.0 unweighted
Class Rank: 1/271, may end in 2nd
Most rigorous course load
State president of a large CTSO, several years as a state officer, multiple national and state top-three awards (main EC)
Also play classical piano, run sound for stage crew, and participate in a service organization (50 service hr/year) and NHS (15 hr/yr)
My Questions: Is this a balanced list? Are there any schools I should consider adding / removing?
You could add Chapel Hill, OP, if you really like the school; however, I think it would still be in the high match/low reach range. 10 schools is a perfect number though! I really think you have a solid list here though - you’ve clearly done your homework. That being said, because of the need for merit/financial aid, applying early decision to one of these schools would be unwise. You just have to pray everything works out for the best!