D22 has good safeties and of course reaches that 1 million other high-stats kids will apply to, but needs suggestions on appropriate matches.
- State of residency: TX
- Type of high school: Large suburban public
- Gender/Race/Ethnicity: White Female
- Other special factors: No hooks other than legacy at UVa
After considering music theory and graphic design (both strong interests), D22 has tentatively decided for now on either religious studies or sociology, with the aim to do graduate work in Protestant seminary toward some kind of religious vocation. Does NOT want conservative religious school - trying to get away from that, would prefer broader perspective that is social justice-oriented. Either secular or Jesuit would be better.
GPA, Rank, and Test Scores
- Unweighted HS GPA: ~98/100
- Weighted HS GPA: 102.9/100
- Class Rank: Not yet, but likely top 10ish/650ish
- ACT/SAT Scores: ACT 35 (33 M/36/36/36) (single sitting)
*3 AP done (Bio 5/HumG 5/WHAP 5)
*4 AP Jr yr (Eng/APUSH/Span/Psych) + dual enrollment math thru UT-Austin
*5 AP Sr yr (Eng Lit/GovEcon/Stats/Chemistry/Music Theory)
Very few - some regional awards for Academic Decathlon, a few small local things
School ECs: Pretty light. Band 9 (quit due to marching reqs and bad knees), Aca Dec 10 (team leader), Choir 11-12 (missed out on all-region/all-state chance due to COVID), school musical 11, Young Democrats (VP 11, Pres? 12)
Other ECs: Lead teacher of church choir for preschoolers for 3 years (given leadership at age 14), peer leader in church youth group, regular leader in worship (reading scripture/offering prayers or reflections); junior election judge in county 2020 election; created graphic logo for school district’s COVID virtual academy for fun, was forwarded to superintendent and now used on official school communications with her permission; plays clarinet, ukelele (self-taught), and piano (self-taught with guitar chords book, somehow).
Cost Constraints / Budget
AGI varies $125-150k, current year $127k; budget $25k-30k
D22 preferences (deep breath…):
- Traditional campus with green space (not “office buildings in the city” like BU, NYU)
- Little to no Greek life, minimal drinking culture
- Liberal/progressive vibe
- No Southern state schools - too conservative, too Greek
- Big enough to have lots of major choices and strong alumni network, but not enormous
- Ability to change major, even between different colleges within univ.
- Relatively low-stress, collaborative atmosphere
- Solid mental health services for anxiety disorder
- Boston area would be a plus due to family nearby, but not required
- Nice to have national student body (a few from TX around, but not everyone from TX)
UNAFFORDABLE (per NPCs): Michigan, GWU, WashU, Tulane, Miami-FL, USC, UNC, all UCs, Wm&Mary (sadly)
UT-Austin - top 6% auto-admit
Kansas - visited, generally pleased, would attend
New Mexico - drive-thru, very meh
UVa (legacy) (prob EA) - D22 loves idea, haven’t visited, may be too fratty
Boston College (ED2? )- Hoping to visit in summer
Amherst? - Hoping to visit (unsure about LAC)
Thanks in advance - first-time poster but I have learned so much already from CC in the last several months.