I posted a thread similar to this one back in February, where I asked for some engineering colleges I should look into and some general advice about college. I’m back to ask the same thing, but with some more information to help narrow down suggestions and after doing some more of my own research. I’m going to split this post into two parts to try and keep it brief, the specifics and my preferences. I’ll also try to be clearer about some things and reply to posts since I didn’t manage to get response emails last time I posted.
I live in South-West Virginia, in the state of Virginia (not the state of West Virginia). I have a 4.1 weighted GPA and around a 3.9 unweighted GPA. I scored a 1360 on the SAT when I took earlier this month, a 730 on the reading and a 630 on the Math, I’ve signed up to take it again in May since I can definitely improve the math section by a good amount. As far as extracurricular activities go, I honestly haven’t done much and nothing of note, I did swim team for two years, the occasional volunteer work and I’m in several clubs but I don’t do anything with them. I have taken no AP classes so far, I have however signed up to take the few that are offer next year, I have taken many Dual-Enrollment courses and generally the hardest offered versions of classes.
I don’t have many preferences and none of them are strict ones, so feel free to suggest schools outside of these categories. I would like to attend a large or at least midsize university, in a more built up area and urban area. The location doesn’t really matter to me, but I would prefer to attend some where a good distance from home. Weather doesn’t matter to me, but somewhere sunny is always nice.
Now the big one here is money, now to help people understand the situation neither me nor my parents will be paying for my college, so the cost doesn’t really matter. I’m not sure how to convey this without sounding naïve, out of touch with reality or getting into details, so I will just repeat cost doesn’t matter. So, financial aid or merit aid doesn’t matter but it is considered and I would like to be aware of it.
Another point I would like to bring up in this discussion, is Virginia Tech, this is my leading choice right now for many reasons, but mainly because I am considering it a safety. It does go against some of my preferences but I really like knowing I have this school as a back up, especially since it is really good for engineering. I know getting into Engineering at Tech is a challenge but I think I have a good shot at it, enough to consider it a safety. If I’m wrong about this assumption I would appreciate someone telling me since a lot of my searching has been based of finding a school I could get in that would be better than Virginia Tech.
This post is lengthy and a bit choppy, and I’m sure I’ve left some stuff out, but I want this to be more of a discussion so please post some suggestions and I will make sure to reply to them. Also if there are any questions about things I might have left out please let me know.
TLDR: I would like some engineering college suggestions, as well as some schools that would stack up against Virginia Tech.