I am in 12th grade, and it's application time, I guess, but I'm really quite stumped. I would like to pursue economics and statistics or physics at a US college. My stats are as follows:</p>
Class 9: around 80%
Class 10: 88%
Class 11: 78%</p>
<p>(It's pretty difficult, no, impossible, to score more than 65-70% in the languages in the board my school is affiliated to. Even so, my marks in class 11 have deteriorated in comparison to my marks in 9 and 10. If they improve in 12, how much will this affect my admissions?)</p>
School doesn't rank, but definitely top 10% in a class of 400. Till class 10, this used to be a class of 700 or so.</p>
<p>I'll take Math 1 and 2, English Literature and Physics Subject tests. I'll post the scores once they're out. I'll also take SAT 1 again in November, and hope to improve my score somewhat. I am confident of near perfect scores in Math, English and Physics.</p>
<p>Completed 8 years' course in dance and still training.
Volunteer at local mental hospital.
Regular participation in school drama productions(which won at competitions a few times).
A couple of prizes(4, to be precise) for essay and debating.
Won school medal for best all-round performance.</p>
<p>What are the colleges I should be looking at? I'm especially interested in ones with strong financial aid programmes. Help, please? Suggest possible reaches as well as matches.</p>