I’m a rising senior, so I’m just trying to refine my list and narrow down my options a bit. I just want to see if anyone had any other recommendations before I start applying. What matters the most is finding a school who gives a good amount of aid and is affordable. I’m paying for college all by myself and won’t qualify for most need based aid.
I don’t care if it’s in rural, small town or urban, I just want it to be a beautiful campus with lots of resources for students.
I don’t care for all women’s or religious schools.
I want the student body to be chill and friendly.
Good school for the social sciences, education, and humanities. I plan on majoring in political science and sociology/psychology.
I want to attend a school with a work hard/play hard culture. I don’t want people to be high-strung about academics, but I don’t want them to not care about them either.
Ideally, I would like a college near the south. I’m currently thinking of VA, NC, SC, PA, TN, and possibly FL.
Generous merit aid, and a school that gives good aid for the middle class, if possible.
No grade deflation
This isn’t a huge factor for me, but it’d be nice to attend a college with lots of activities to do by it. Like a college near the beach, mountains, etc.
Demographics: Female, White, First-Gen
State of Residency: PA
ACT/SAT/: I got a 1270 on the last one. I’m going to retake it, but I’m willing to apply test optional to most schools.
UW/W GPA and Rank:: I’m going to have a 4.1-4.3 weighted gpa. My unweighted is a 3.9
- Honors English 9
- Honors Civics
- Honors English 10
- AP Human Geography
- Honors Chemistry
- AP English Lit 11
- AP Euro
- AP English 12
- AP Bio
Cheerleading (11 years)
Have Two Jobs
National Honor Society/NJHS
Girl Scouts (12 years)
Yearbook (5 years)
The Future is Mine (3 years; club that helps kids with their futures)
Gate (?; my school said this could count as an extracurricular since we did community projects)
Wrestling Manager (I decided to do this for season year because I like the sport and just learned about it)
I have tons of volunteering experience . I have helped elders in community homes, held trash cleanup events at our local sports Rec area, and more. If you’d like more details just ask
I was a leader for the local cheer clinic we had, I set up the event and taught the young girls some cheers for our youth program
party organizer for a Girl Scout cookie event
Not sure if this counts, but I also train new employees at my work.
- I don’t have this yet, but I plan on getting my GS Gold Award. I should receive it by the middle to end of my senior year.
- I also got high honor roll all throughout HS.
- AP Scholar (predicted)
Schools Already on My Radar (not planning on applying to all of them, but they all are interesting in some way to me):
- WFU (Wake Forest)
- UVA/Vanderbilt/Duke (only applying to one T20-T50 school to see what happens)
- University of Pittsburgh
- U of Richmond
- U of Miami
- Duquesne University
- Penn State