My first run at a regional state university didn’t go too well - I got academically dismissed after 40 credit hours with a 1.793 GPA due to general partying and immaturity. I took a year off, realized what kind of man I want to become, and then enrolled back at Montgomery College (“highly” regarded CC). I split classes between the CC and as a visiting student at a local somewhat prestigious national university where I took major (poli-sci) related classes. I did well at both and averaged a 3.9 between the two for two semesters over 31 credit hours. I am also a member of PTK and participated in an academic club. My UG cumulative GPA is about 2.7 now. I had a 32 ACT score in high school. I’m 21, about to be 22 years old.
My question is, where should I apply? I want to go to a small school / LAC somewhere in the Northeast but am not sure if I have a chance at more selective schools or if my grades from my first college will hold me back. My intended major is Political Science but I have no problem applying as an undecided student. The school I was a visiting student at is a good option but a bit too large for my taste. I don’t really care about anything but the quality of the education. Obviously a good reputation would be nice too but for me it is about the academics. I also am an avid skier so nearby slopes are a plus. I am blessed in that money is not a barrier at all, I can pay full price. Alternatively, should I continue to take courses at the CC to continue to boost my GPA for a 3rd semester?
I know I messed up big-time in my first couple years of college, but life only moves in one direction! Thanks in advance for the answers.