Long time lurker, first time poster would like your input on college list for D22 who is your normal smart suburban teen.
potential major: international relations/studies or public health, ideally a combination of both
female from Louisiana, not URM, not first gen, decent suburban public HS
GPA: UW3.9, W4.5, ACT 32 super score (31 single sitting, she doesn’t want to take it again), 8APs, 1DE
ECs: soccer (travel team and HS varsity), this has been taking up most of her time. she is recruitable for D3 level (maybe D2) but it doesn’t hold high priority for her and she isn’t actively pursuing it, she thinks she will to try to walk on if she goes to a D3 school, otherwise play club.
Student council and BETA, no leadership positions
Allied Health program (school based, special classes, volunteer requirements and shadowing/internship opportunities)
works as soccer referee
started a small TicToc based business last year during the pandemic
some volunteering but nothing extra and no leadership
awards: gold medal National German Exam (level 4, bilingual proficiency), will have LA seal of biliteracy for Spanish at graduation and soccer related awards (all metro and all district teams, MVP)
So I think ECs are a definite weak spot but the real weak spot are finances. EFC should be around $22,000 (so we qualify for need based aid at most private schools). Ideally our out of pocket, after federal loans, would be around $15,000, though that might not be attainable except for in state safeties. If COA ends up coming back around $20,000 at a school that hits all the spots we would try and make it work.
Her wishes: liberal environment (she’s very liberal for our Southern conservative area but no SJW), large city, mid size school, no geographic preference. And yes, some schools on the following list are neither of those
Her current, rather eclectic, list:
American - we visited, it’s her dream school but most likely not financially feasible, which she knows
Tulane - we visited, second on her list after American but likely a reach since we can’t ED (finances could work due to advantages for LA residents)
U of Miami - finances look unlikely
Rhodes - we visited
Ole Miss, Croft School - only a contender if she gets into Croft
Agnes Scott - she is lukewarm on a womens college and thinks it might be too SJW but loves their programs and the location
LSU - safety (not enthusiastic about it as it is too close to home, most of her HS class will go there and she doesn’t care about football, a sacrilege in this area
U of New Orleans - safety of last resort
Tufts - high reach
Middlebury - high reach
What other programs are out there that we have never heard about? thanks for your input!