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I’ve been reading tons of great advice on these forums for months and thought I’d seek some guidance of my own. I’m looking for small-to-medium college ideas for my daughter, who is a junior at a regular public school in PA. She currently has a 4.0 (unweighted, not sure the weighted); will have completed 10+ AP and 8+ honors courses by graduation, and is ranked #1 in her class (out of approx 350?) She will likely take at least 1 dual enrollment course next year. Most of her coursework has been AP or honors - she even took an AP Psych course by special permission when she was in 8th grade. No test scores yet.
Her ECs include tennis (4 years, 2 years captain), president and founding member of gender empowerment club at school (3 years), chess club (3 years), math team (3 years), quiz bowl (3 years), a couple different honor societies, etc. She has a good amount of volunteering and has been a coach at a kids’ tennis camp since 7th grade. I’m sure there are more, but nothing “rock star” - she’s basically a regular high school kid. No significant awards yet.
She’s interested in mainly schools in the northeast - she loves that dark academia vibe. Schools on her interest list are places like Smith, Bryn Mawr, Mt. Holyoke, Colgate, Hamilton, F & M, Lehigh,Bucknell, Lafayette, Dickinson, even W & M (although it’s out of her ideal geographic location.) I have told her I don’t care where her dreams take her, even to California or Oregon but I think she’s leaning towards staying within the PA, MD, OH, NY, New England zone. Diversity is very important to her.
Her fields of interest are biochem, physics, neuroscience, other STEM. She is quite interested in research. She’s reserved and has a lot of anxiety and is worried about fitting in/making friends. I want her to have an amazing academic experience, of course, but I also want her to fully enjoy life on campus. We visited Bryn Mawr, Johns Hopkins, F & M, Lehigh, and Bucknell and she liked the environment at Bryn Mawr, with Lehigh a close second. She initially thought she’d attend a research school but has now seen the value of LACs. She’s open to anything though!
So many amazing choices! We are getting bombarded daily by all these wonderful schools. It’s overwhelming!
Any ideas for small-ish schools where a book nerd can get an amazing STEM education while feeling comfortable enough to get out of her box and live her life? Ideally somewhere with need-met and/or lots of merit. I’m running NPC on some of these schools and it’s all over the place. As a family, we don’t have a lot of resources but her grandparents have some set aside for her.
Thanks to all of you!!!