My D20 is trying to start finalizing her list. She has a lot of colleges that she likes. (most of these we have visited) so we are just trying to put the list in categories so we can start narrowing it down. Her GPA is a 3.74 with average rigor (couple AP’s, couple honors) and an upward trend since 9th grade. Apparently our school does not check the “rigor box” for applications. 99% of students go on to 4yr college. They also do not rank. She has a 30 ACT with really strong scores in reading (35) and English (33). Her EC’s are pretty minimal partly because she was in a really bad accident at the end of freshman year and spent a lot of her after school time at PT. Major will be English, journalism, or psychology.
Here is her list so far:
Hobart & WS
College of Wooster (high match?)
(*haven’t visited yet so may come off the list)
We have run the NPC’s on all of these and they are all coming in as affordable. $50k is max budget but would love to come in under $40k. First 3 safeties all have $30k guaranteed merit for her stats. Will not apply to 15 schools but willing to cast a fairly large net to see what merit $$ she gets. A lot of the applications are free and most don’t require supplements so they seem pretty easy. Plan so do do some EA and then maybe drop some from RD if she already has some good options.
My main question is, do you think her schools are listed in the correct categories? Any schools you would add? Does she need more or higher reaches? Naviance is not much help because many of these schools have had minimal or no applicants from our school.