hi, can i get some opinions on my college list? i want to cut it down to 10-12 schools and I think I need some more safeties/matches (very top-heavy right now)
south asian HS junior living in Alabama (how much does me living in Alabama play a role in admissions)
i have a 3.93 UW GPA (around ~25/~700).
for context, I’m an IB Diploma candidate
I have yet to take a real SAT/ACT test, but I have taken practice tests and done well on them (1500+)
thankfully, my parents said that they would be able to pay my tuition. financial aid would be appreciated, but we can manage without. my parents will probably sit down w me soon and run NPC
I want to study business, so a great undergrad business program at a college is very important for me. not exactly sure whether I want to get an MBA later on. might minor in creative writing/philosophy as well
here’s my current list (in no particular order, but top 6 are my favorites):
1. Brown (reach)
2. UPenn (reach)
3. Georgetown (reach)
4. USC (reach)
5. Duke (reach)
6. NYU (reach)
7. UCLA (probably will get 0 aid from them // reach)
8. Stanford (reach)
9. Harvard (reach)
10. Boston University (target? or reach?)
11. UNC Chapel Hill (reach?)
12. Villanova (safety?)
13. Penn State (safety?)
14. USC Columbia (safety?)
15. Rutgers (safety?)
location - I don’t really care as long as a city is nearby and the campus is not in the middle of nowhere. (Georgetown, UPenn, and NYU are all pretty close to a city, or actually inside of a city)
I really like the idea of just walking/taking a short drive into the city with my friends during college on the weekend, so this is a big part of my selection process. does Duke have this sort of opportunity? how far is the nearest city?
EDIT: I really want to go to school in the mid Atlantic, north east, or CA
weather - ideally, id like for it to not have too much rain. but coming from Alabama, I’m pretty used to rain so it shouldn’t be that big of a deal.
social life - I’m not the biggest partier, my way of socializing is mainly just chilling with my friends, walking around, or playing a game (whether it’s virtual or physical). i definitely want to have enough time to actually have fun during college and not just be studying 24/7.
also extracurriculars are a big deal for me (creative writing opportunities, good entrepreneurial undergrad community, etc)
I have a meeting with my school GC soon, so id really like to narrow down my choices a bit before that. thanks in advance