We are having a hard time finding the right fit for my D22. We have run our EFC, and it far exceeds what we can/are willing to pay. Based on our numbers, I don’t expect to see a penny of need-based aid from any school. We are willing to spend up to $20K per year (assuming that she will need at least a full tuition scholarship). While she loves learning and all subjects, she ultimately wants to be an engineer (undecided) or computer programmer. Ideally, she would like a medium-sized school in a non-urban environment. For reference, she absolutely loved Furman’s campus (not a school we are considering because we have no interest in a 3-2 program).
Class Rank: 1/300 (private school)
Unweighted GPA: 4.0 (our school does not provide a weighted GPA)
SAT: 1590 superscore; 1550 on a single sitting
Expected NMF (SSI of 225 in GA)
13 APs by graduation
Several school, state, and national awards
Drama - acted in several plays
Tutoring - math, writing center, & NHS (as well as in the community)
National Honors Society
Also a paid Latin tutor
Founded and President of Mu Alpha Theta - also created and runs a math tutoring program as an extension of this (90 tutors and about 40 tutees)
Latin Honors Society
Lector at church
Internship at Lupercal Legit (Latin based)
Selected for Georgia’s residential Governor’s Honors Program as a sophomore in math - canceled due to COVID but is expected to attend this summer
Opened a library in Malawi (provided all books and funding)
There are others, but these are the main ones.
I expect excellent teacher recommendations as she has wonderful relationships with several faculty members. When she applied to a college for dual enrollment last summer, the admissions counselor described my daughter’s recommendation as “glowing” and “one of the best she’s ever read.”
We are from Georgia, and she will qualify for Zell Miller (free in-state tuition). Here’s our current running list:
Georgia Tech (too close to our house and too urban according to my DD)
UGA (too big, does not like having to use buses)
Baylor - probably will take off the list because they do not have a full engineering department
Our list is missing the most important thing - a school that excites my daughter and one that we can afford! GA Tech and UGA are both in the affordable column, but she’s not excited about either. Without merit aid (and I know it is scarce at those schools), the other 3 options (not counting Baylor) are too expensive. Ideally, DD would prefer to stay closer to home, but she’s open to to any place. We are also expanding our search to include the schools with NMF packages. I would love any suggestions, especially for schools with great Honors Colleges. DD is an academic at heart and would love to be around other students who enjoy learning as much as she does. She’s not into the party scene.