Help Selecting Safety/Stretch Schools?

<p>My daughter is a rising senior, 4.4 weighted gpa, 3.5 unweighted, 1370 cr+m SAT, will retake. Strong interest in graphic arts and animation (will graduate with 8 credits in those) but she is flexible. </p>

<p>We kind of have a plan, but this new to us and we're a little nervous. </p>

<p>Will apply to Alabama, Auburn, LSU, UT Dallas and Texas A&M. Automatic admit to UTD and A&M, but I don't think they are very generous for the average student. Any school within driving distance of Dallas, Charlotte or Atlanta is fine (maybe 6-8 hour drive?). The kicker: strong merit aid is a MUST or she goes to community college (thus her flexibility as far as major). She should be able to get the SAT score up for Alabama or Auburn's oos scholarships, but I don't know if any of the others give much. Have pretty much written off her dreams of SCAD, Ringling and SVA as they are just way too expensive. UTD and A&M have phenomenal new programs - EMAC at UTD and Visualization at A&M. Any art/graphic design would make her happy, though. </p>

<p>Really just trying to see if there's a school out there we've overlooked and if we're headed in the right direction in our choices so far. I guess we look at the stretch as the top school least likely to give aid rather than a stretch in admissions.</p>

<p>It is my opinion, that most art majors do offer $. I would apply to SCAD, Ringling, Moore, Perkins, RISD, etc. and see what happens. It sounds as if $ is the underlying factor so spending a little in terms of apps might be worth it in the long run. I have friends who were accepted full ride with lower gpa/scores then yours. Talent talks volumes.</p>

<p>If it's money you need you'll have to apply to a richer school. what about rice?</p>

<p>I have looked at Rice, but it appears that with her stats she would be towards the bottom of the applicant pool there.</p>