I didn’t start a thread like this for S19 but I’ve read a few recently and I kind of love them so I’m going to start a thread here on D21’s college admissions search and I hope I’ll get some good advice and support along the way!
D21 is a strong student. Honors in all subjects currently with a 3.75 GPA and a weighted GPA of 4.4. She’s the kind of student who leans more English/History than Math/Science but can hold her own in the STEM classes by just grinding it out. She’d be happier writing papers than doing math and science problem sets but she does what needs to be done to survive in those STEM classes. Our high school is a hyper competitive, large public school with the top 10% of kids going to elite universities. Kids get into Ivies when they are legacies or athletes but that’s pretty much the way it goes and no other types of students get into those schools. Multiple kids go to schools like Northwestern, Vanderbilt, Duke, Emory, etc. LACs are not popular but that’s where S19 focused his search and D21 will have mostly LACs on her list as well.
She’s not sure of major yet. Thinking political science, English, history, psychology, communications…just not math or science. No idea what she wants to do as a career. We are cool with that. S19 is the same way.
She’s not as “intellectual” as S19 - won’t sit around and discuss philosophy at night, etc., but does love a good political debate. “Fun” in terms of school spirit is more important to her than it was to S19. She’s a dancer and may want to dance extracurricularly in studio or as a member of the dance team for football/basketball. She’s outgoing and social.
She’s been taking practice ACTs and self-studying for a while. Wasn’t happy with her last score and is going back in tomorrow for another test. Had a decent PSAT that went up almost 200 points from last year so she may switch to SAT if this ACT doesn’t go up. I’d like her to get to a 31 or 32 ACT or 1400 SAT. She’s hit a 31 in ACT practice but was pretty short of that on the actual test she took in October.
We are full pay. Bleh. I think she would get merit at Denison and Furman but S19 had merit from some of his acceptances and we didn’t make him go to those schools and agreed to be full pay for him. That begs the question of whether we let D go ED somewhere in order to get a bump in admissions even though we would be giving up seeing any merit at some of the schools on her list.
Her very tentative list includes:
William and Mary
Maybe - Santa Clara, Bates, Boston College, Villanova, Washington and Lee
We are visiting Davidson, Richmond, W&L and William and Mary this spring.
Until she gets a higher ACT or SAT, we are kind of in a holding pattern. Can’t wait to see where she ends up!