Hi! I will be a senior next year so I am trying to really focus on my college application list. I know I should have a balanced number of safeties, matches, and reaches, with mostly matches. However, I’m chasing merit scholarships, not simply admission, so it’s hard for me to gauge what really is a match, safety, etc.
I have a 36 in every ACT section (not a Superscore ), 4.0 UW GPA, will qualify for national merit. took AP human geo freshman year (5), AP world history sophomore (5), AP calc bc, AP French, AP bio, APUSH, and AP English junior year (no scores yet—predicting 4-5, 3, 5, 5, 5 respectively). Next year I plan to take AP stats, AP physics, AP music theory, AP gov, and AP English lit, but I may have a scheduling issue with physics and music theory . My core classes that weren’t AP were honors or gifted.
I’ll also be in a program through a local branch of my state’s flagship university where I do research on the blood-brain barrier of sickle cell patients under a Ph.D. fellow. That will run through this summer and next school year.
Mock trial 9-12th grade, won at the district level and went to state. Expecting to go to state next year. Will be President next year.
NHS 10-12th. Was social media manager this year and will be President next year.
Tri-M music honors society 9-12th, social media manager this year, thinking of running for VP next year.
I’ve played the piano since kindergarten, won 2nd in my district’s biggest competition freshman year and this year, qualified for state both but didn’t have the competition freshman year because of Covid. State is this Saturday. I receive the highest scores possible at most of my competitions. However, my pieces aren’t at a level that will get me scholarships at a competitive music school like Vandy. Maybe 5-10k at a lesser-ranked music school (pieces include Debussy’s arabesque no. 1, chopins waltz in C# minor, Bach’s prelude and fugue in C minor, Haydn’s sonata in d major). I’m going to minor in music and may double major if possible, but it probably won’t be.
I’m looking to find more matches, but mainly more safeties that I would actually enjoy. I plan to major in either Biology, Biophysics (if offered), or Astrophysics/physics with a minor in music. I’d love to also take some astronomy classes but I don’t care if I take enough to have a minor. I’m deciding between being an OB/GYN or Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist (so med school) or an astrophysicist (so Ph.D. program). Also, are some of what I listed as matches actually safeties or reaches? Or others in the wrong category? For suggestions, I like 5-15k size the best but bigger is fine but not UT-Austin size. Smaller is fine but not under 2.5-3k. I like the mid-Atlantic area but I don’t care that much. I’d prefer not the deep south, but I have many there on my list anyway. I don’t like big SEC schools very much. I’m from NW Louisiana. I’m pretty sure my budget is between $20-25k/year. I won’t qualify for financial aid. I’d prefer not to go somewhere religiously affiliated unless it’s barely present.
Extreme Reaches that I’m applying to w/their scholarship program bc why not:
University of Richmond? Borderline target
Tulane (way easier to get scholarships if from LA)
University of Pittsburgh
LSU (will only go if I get stamps scholarship. I don’t like baton rouge or the party SEC school vibe)
University of Oklahoma
University of Arkansas
University of Tulsa (National Merit)
Is this list accurate? Should I add more of anything? Should I take off some of anything? I will apply as soon as I can to most of these. I can’t ED anywhere because of $$, but I’ll apply early action to Tulane and Case Western for sure because they are big on demonstrated interest. Thanks!