(I’ve never posted on this type of forum before, so I apologize if this is the wrong or too much information!)
I’m a high school junior currently completing a dual enrollment program to get my associate’s degree when I graduate high school. I have a 4.0 unweighted and, currently, a 31 ACT (I’m retaking in February and I’m hopeful I can raise it to a 33). I don’t have any extra curriculars to my name. However, by the time I graduate I will have completed 72 hours of documented community service, if that counts for anything. I’m currently going for a general studies associate of science degree (I’m not totally sure what I want to do yet), and at university I was thinking of majoring in either Biology or Biomedical Engineering.
My parents have offered to cover the cost of attending UNR, so they can provide about $8,000 per year (I’m an in-state resident). If it’s worth noting, I would also only be attending a university for two years to complete my bachelor’s, so I’m a little less worried about debt than I would be for four years. Still, at UNR the scholarships I already qualify for would cover my entire tuition (without room and board) and then some. Overall, I’m covered financially at UNR but my parents could provide me with some support if I were to go out of state. I know that $8,000-$10,000 a year will not cover full tuition at out of state schools, but it’s something.
What this all boils down to is my biggest question, should I stick with UNR? I know that Nevada and its public schools rank very poorly nationally and I was curious if anyone has heard bad things about this university in particular, or if employers are any less likely to hire graduates from the school. UNR says it ranks as a “Tier One” school, which sounds nice but I haven’ t been able to find a clear cut definition for what that means. Essentially, is there any stigma I should know about before attending? Do employers care? I’m hoping not but I’d rather hear it now than later.
Additionally, if I were to raise my ACT to a 33 and get involved in some extra curriculars this last year I have of high school, are there any chances I could get into a better school? Any help at all is much appreciated!