<p>Hi everyone, I've read tons and tons of posts on this forum over the past few years, but this is my first time posting, so please bear with me, and thanks in advance.</p>
<p>Anyway, let me describe my situation to you guys. To make a long story short I had a terrible time in high school because I never felt like I found a place where I fit in (I think this is mostly because I'm gay, but couldn't come to terms with it back in HS.) I had horrible grades all throughout high school, and when I took the 3 part SAT, scored a measly 1600, probably because I didn't study for the SAT, or for any test I took in high school for that matter.</p>
<p>So after graduating in 2009, I enrolled in my Community College with kind of a "this is it" attitude, and really put in the effort. I got a 3.85 GPA my first semester. For my second semester I successfully transferred to Suffolk University in Madrid, and got a 3.35.(Always wanted to go to Spain, but I was afraid I wouldn't have the time to study abroad as a transfer.) I could have stayed at Suffolk (through their 2 years in Spain and 2 years in Boston program), but the school is too expensive, and I made the decision that it wasn't worth it to take on a big debt load for such a mediocre school (I mean hey, they accepted me with my lousy HS grades after all.) So I went back to my Community College for the semester that just past, and earned a 3.85.</p>
<p>Now it's time for me to pick a four year college, but I'm not sure which ones I should realistically be applying to. 2 semester of 3.85, and 1 of a 3.35 = an average GPA of 3.68.
I will be applying to UCONN, and I'm pretty sure I'll get in. I live only about 15 minutes from UCONN so I can live at home and save money (on top of bargain state tuition).</p>
<p>Other than UCONN, I've become extremely interested in the Claremont colleges in CA. I want to major in economics, so I think Claremont McKenna College would be my first pick if money were no object, but I read that Pomona covers 100% of financial need through grants (past your EFC). But, I know these are both two EXTREMELY difficult schools to get into, while Pitzer College is still part of the consortium and a little easier to get into. Also I know Pitzer has a lot less money to give out, and even if accepted, I probably wouldn't go if it would require me to take out more that 50K in loans (parents will contribute 10K a year.) I'm wondering if anyone out there is familiar with the Claremont Colleges, and can kind of give me a realistic idea of my chances on getting into any of the three I just listed. Also, it would be wonderful if any of you had an insight on how much aid I might expect to get from any of the three I just mentioned.</p>
<p>Sorry, I know this post is lengthy and some of my questions are very broad but I'm just trying to gain some insight and advice because I feel like I'm in the dark. I will be the first of a few generations to get a bachelors degree, so I don't have parents who know the ins and outs of college rankings and admissions, and I really just need some advice before I waste time and money submitting applications to schools that I have a 0% chance at getting into.</p>