Hi I need your help. I am Asian and an LGBT+ high school senior, but Texas do not have many high-quality liberal schools. I wanted to go to UT Austin, but my ranks are too low and I went to a competitive suburb high school. UH seemed kinda mediocre since I don’t want to go to commuter college, and UT Dallas does not have a beautiful campus.
I wanted to go to a school that is ranked within top 100. The second best school is Texas A&M, but the big problem is that I felt the school is too conservative and too backward for me. I think the environment there will make me unhappy.
I know that in-state is way cheaper, but I do not like living in Texas at all. I am trying to keep my college search options open, but I don’t know any out of state schools.
Here’s my criteria: Top 100 schools, nice campus, liberal, preferably East/West Coast (you can still give other locations), good programs in either business, finance, or STEM/Engineering (I don’t want a physics heavy field), and has a really high job placement with great salary.
Here’s my mediocre stats because I went through depression until mid-junior year:
3.6 UW (All AP/Honors), within top 20% class rank, 1320 SAT, piano, BARELY involved in Model UN/Interact/Student Council, won honorary mention from Spanish National Exam, volunteered for an organization helping low-income, was an SAT Student Ambassador but I was barely involved and resigned because of depression. (Btw I could have been volunteering in hospital but Covid-19 cancelled my summer before senior year). I think I could have good teacher recommendations because I do have relationships with teachers.
Please if you have any any schools that might be a perfect match for me, let me know. Also, if your experience in Texas schools was alright, tell me. Of course I wanted to save money, but I am asking this because if I do out-of-state, I need to make sure I get a really good career.