Looking for Safety Schools Generous with Merit Aid

<p>Hello! Here is my current list of schools to which I will certainly apply:</p>

<p>Early Action
MIT
UChicago</p>

<p>Regular Decision
Stanford
Harvard
Yale
Princeton</p>

<p>As you can see, the list is lacking in schools of more moderate selectivity. The schools near me (Illinois State University, Illinois Wesleyan, and U of I) are not generous with their merit aid; they do not offer any full rides. Moreover, I cannot imagine myself attending any of them.</p>

<p>So I am looking for mid-sized schools (private or public) of about 3,000-8,000 students that are very generous (full ride or close) with merit aid for top-stats applicants. I am most interested in California or the northeastern United States. I prefer that the schools be strong in most subejcts, as I am completely undecided with respect to my major. </p>

<p>(My stats are very strong (2400 SAT, 36 ACT, 2*800 Subject Tests, 4.0 unweighted, 1/409 rank), so I expect them to yield aid at any such school.)</p>

<p>Thanks!</p>

<p>Glad that you are rank nr.1 now.
Weren't you number 2?</p>

<p>^ Yes, I had been. (I am actually rank one by a sizeable margin now.)</p>

<p>I am proud of you, brother.
My ranking is going up too.
One question- senior year helps, right? 1st sem. I mean</p>

<p>Why not apply to LSE?</p>

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Why not apply to LSE?

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<p>The London School of Economics? Two reasons: I want a school with diverse academic offerings, and I would prefer to stay domestic.</p>

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One question- senior year helps, right? 1st sem. I mean

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<p>Well, if it's a strong senior year. :)</p>

<p>Thanks buddy.
What about Washington and Lee?</p>

<p>Are you a NMF? Check out Keilexandra's thread in the Financial Aid forum. Also look for the Automatic/Guaranteed Scholarship thread there.</p>

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What about Washington and Lee?

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<p>It might be a bit small.</p>

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<p>I will be. I'll check those threads.</p>

<p>Good heavens! Awesome stats! Can we just hand you a diploma right now? :)</p>

<p>This is not a mid-size school, so it does not fit that part of your criteria, but USC offers merit aid for top-stat applicants. And it is in California. Also offers LOTS of majors so, as an undecided, you would have an opportunity to choose from many options.</p>

<p>The big merit scholarships are very competetive, but your qualifications should mean that you would be under consideration. The only requirement to be considered is to apply, and have all application materials in, by December 1st, 2010.</p>

<p>USC's top merit scholarships: The Trustee full-tuition scholarship ~$40,000/year, and The Presidential 1/2 tuition scholarship ~$20,000/year.</p>

<p>USC also offers an automatic 1/2 tuition scholarship to NMS, if that applies to you (and it seems that it must...). Note - this would not be *combined with either of the scholarships above.</p>

<p>I wouldn't call it a safety in terms of big merit aid, but certainly it is a "likely" in comparison to your list above (and I am sure you know that the schools on your list above do not offer any merit aid). In terms of admission, it would be pretty safe.</p>

<p>Good luck!</p>

<p>silver, it is my understanding that Duke, UNC and Vanderbilt offer full Merit scholarships for the very best applicants.</p>

<p>Tulane gives out a lot of merit money. wash u in stl is not exactly a safety, but it is semi-close to u and gives full-rides; a kid from my school w/similar stats to u got one of these. i hear usc gives out a decent amount of money. try emory as well; i think u need to apply through emory scholars by around nov. 1</p>

<p>Thanks for the replies thus far.</p>

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<p>Chicago does, too. Full tuition anyway. They also offer a larger number of $10K merit awards. Check out Hopkins as well.</p>

<p>If you are fine with giving up your location preference of Cal and northeastern, Rice is a great option that gives out generous merit aid to top stats applicants. Its Trustee Scholarship may vary from $15800 to full ride, and I know that Christiansoldier got an offer of $42000.</p>

<p>U of Rochester gives out merit scholarships up to full tuition, according to their website.</p>

<p>I see Emory has been mentioned--among scholarship programs at top universities, Emory Scholars is one of the largest. About 150 kids receive awards ranging from 2/3 tuition to a full ride. UVA is a bit out of your size range, but also awards a decent number of full rides through the Jefferson Scholars program.</p>