After a lot of research, and a lot of reading on unigo and niche and college guides, it seems like Grinnell is my ideal school socially and academically and the application is free so I’m applying.
I’m in CA and don’t have any money for visits pre-acceptance, and I realize visits will change things.
I don’t care about reputation or “rigor” but I don’t want to be around a lot of hard core slackers, entitled richie riches, frat boys, or a lot of drinking culture although I realize some drinking and drugs go with dyed-hair types like me.
What schools would be like Grinnell, but easy to get into to?
I won’t post my stats or finances (looking for big merit though) but will say Grinnell would be somewhat of a reach, Mt. Holyoke a target but maybe not for merit, and I would probably get into Lawrence and maybe get some merit, maybe not enough.
Anyways that doesn’t matter since there is nothing too safe I wouldn’t consider and in fact that’s what I’m looking for here! I don’t care about reputation or rigor-- I will make the best of anything.