Hi guys. I’m a junior from Ohio and I could use some help searching for colleges. For reference, my ACT is 33, my ec’s are above average but not crazy spectacular, I take dual enrollment classes at a local university full time, I have strong writing skills so I’m confident that my essay will be very good, and I’m a mixed race South Asian/American female. I’m not sure exactly what I want to major in, but I’m thinking something involving law or public policy. However, I’m a bit too picky when it comes to actually looking for potential colleges. It feels like I’ve spent hours and hours searching through sites and I could use some help. These are my preferences:
- Warm climate (or at least much less snow than Ohio)
- Between 1,800 and 10,000 undergrads
- Average ACT no less than 26 (preferably a bit higher but 26 is my cutoff)
- Adequate merit aid available that I’ll be competitive for (my family is upper middle class so none of that "we'll cover all your demonstrated financial need" stuff- I'm gonna need a lot of aid but I don't think my family will qualify for much need-based)
- Limited or no Greek life. Preferably no Greek housing and small percentage if it is on campus. I don't want a Greek-heavy school.
- Preferably private (I want a medium size population, a residential campus, and geographic diversity, which I just haven't seen at many public schools)
- Christian or Catholic schools are okay, but I don't have a particular preference for them over secular schools.
Some schools currently on my list are: American University, University of Miami, Occidental College, Loyola Marymount University, Chapman University, Pepperdine University, and Belmont University (I’m also kinda considering Eckerd College, Stetson University, and Florida Southern College but I’ll have to research them a bit more).