Looking for Potential Colleges

<p>I'm a rising Indian [Asian] junior in a private high school. I want to go into Investing/Finance/Research Analyst for my career.</p>

<p>GPA UW: 4.0
SAT Scores: Have not taken, but based on the practice tests I've taken and the preparation I'm doing, I'd assume something like CR - 750 M - 700 W - 750.
ACT Scores: Again, have not taken, but from practice tests it ranges from 32-34.
AP Classes: AP World History [5], taking AP Comp Sci, AP US History, AP Physics, AP English Literature junior year, AP Biology, AP BC Calculus, AP Language and Composition, AP Economics, maybe the AP Latin exam senior year.</p>

<p>Leadership: Big weakness.
Latin Club - Censor [Secretary]</p>

<p>ECs: Weakness, too.
Latin Club [Soph - ]
Investment Club [Soph - ]
Medical Society [Freshman - ]
Played piano for 11 years
Teaching myself Java [?]</p>

<p>Awards: Nothing bigger than school-wide</p>

<p>Community Service: Currently have maybe 100 hours, by the end of Junior year will have maybe 300-400, Senior year 500-600 [in 2-3 positions, not scattered jobs]</p>

<p>Pretty weak in ECs/Leadership/Awards, I know. I'm shooting to be Investment Club president this year, as the old president has graduated. I'm also hoping to organize some sort of donation drive through my school, but nothing else, really. My school doesn't do any of these academic competitions [i.e. Math Team] so I have no awards.</p>

<p>I don't really have any prerequisites for a college, except I don't want it to be extremely small.</p>

<p>I was looking at UChicago, Duke, Brown, Columbia, but these all seem like reaches.</p>

<p>The obligatory first bump, as my threads are apparently, not visible beforehand.</p>

<p>you're already way ahead of the rest of your peers. You haven't even taken the PSAT yet! Just work hard, get good grades, study a little for the SAT/ACT, and then once you've taken the SAT come back to get actual college suggestions. I can't help you unless you know exactly what you want in a school...and you have a lot of time to decide that. Fit is more important than prestige, but you aren't very detailed so I'd just suggest to look at the US news top 20. Just think about more specific criteria...like exact size (must be bigger than 2000? 5000? 10,000?) Rural/suburban/urban? Div. 1 sports important to you? What kind of social scene are you looking for? What part of the U.S.? Any things you hate in particular...etc</p>

<p>Ah, I figured my request would be a little...premature. But I still wouldn't mind some general recommendations.</p>

<p>Regarding sports, social scene...neither are very important to me. I don't plan on drinking, if that matters. I just don't particularly like it.</p>

<p>Again, size is irrelevant, given that it's not tiny.</p>

<p>My biggest concern is the weakness of my ECs, and whether that would likely keep me out of all my choices.</p>

<p>Thanks again :)</p>

<p>P.S. Are there any other websites with something similar to CollegeBoard's Collegematch?</p>

<p>Would putting money into the stock market be something I could talk about [not necessarily list as an EC], because I'm considering it.</p>

<p>Princetonreview.com has the Counselor O'Matic, which, in my opinion, is much more extensive than Collegeboard Collegematch. Check that out, that's I found out about some of my favorite schools. </p>

<p>Don't worry about EC's. Most people don't have any leadership positions until junior year. I think you're fine - just be ambitious, take initiative and responsibility in everything you do, and study hard. Congrats on the 5 in AP World!</p>

<p>Also, I forgot - the piano for 11 years and community service will probably look great on your application. </p>

<p>Maybe you can try to join a couple more clubs that interest you, but also aim for leadership positions if possible.</p>