Help with "match schools"??

<p>I'm trying to come up with 3-4 match schools, but it's pretty hard! My GPA is 3.9 and SAT 1990 (I will retake it in Oct) and ACT 32. For now, I've chosen Tufts (good location, great IR program which I'm interested in, sounds like a good fit for me) and USC (good location, good academics, great small school feeling). I'm also considering Georgetown, UCLA, Ann Arbor, UNC-Chapel Hill, UCSB.. can you list the difficulties to get in of each and one or two strenght points? also, feel free to add schools!</p>

<p>Goergetown & UNC are going to be reaches. U of Maryland, American, & George Washington in the DC area, your stats would be a match to saftey for each.</p>

<p>How about tufts? can that be considered a match?</p>

<p>Your "stats" for Tufts are in the ballpark which will get you in the conversation, however at a school of this level your essays, letters of rec, & EC's will be determining factors.</p>

<p>Tufts has become very competitive. I'm sorry, but it is a reach, as are most of the other schools you mention (exception being UCSB).</p>

<p>Disagree....his ACT score is above the 75th percentile for both U of Michigan & UCLA. He is a match there.</p>

<p>can tufts be considered a reach though? i know it's very competitive, especially for the IR program.. anyone can share some experience/insights about admission at tufts?</p>

<p>IR and great small school feeling? Take a look at Macalester.</p>

<p>I'd suggest retaking the ACT rather than the SAT. It seems like the ACT is a better test for you.</p>

<p>How about the honors colleges at public colleges and/or some not-too-competitive-yet-very-highly-regarded LACs? like the schreyer's at Penn state, i heard it's very hard to get in, but is it comparable in difficulty to the top ones?</p>

<p>Reed College is a great small school in the huge city of Portland. Academics are very strong, with no Greek life or varsity sports, but tons of other clubs! The good thing about Reed is that although they look at grades and put a huge emphasis on them in the application process, I almost believe that they care more about who you are as a person and if you would be a good fit for the college. This being said, this is also why Reed in harder to get into. Lots of the wrong types of people apply here (they only accept 35% of applications). Reedies are passionate, quirky, and driven. Emphasis on the quirky. It's a great school.</p>

<p>How about liberal arts colleges? any which is particularly good with IR/human relations?</p>