Need help narrowing college list

<p>OK so I would really appreciate some help in trimming down my S college list. He has quite a few on his list and I would rather not pay all the application fees if possible. He is looking for a great engineering/business program. </p>

<p>His stats are as follows:
SAT I (breakdown): Did not take
ACT: 34
SAT II: Scores not in yet
Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 4.0
Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 2 out of 410
AP (place score in parenthesis): 5 in Cal, 4 in Physics, 4 in US History, 4 in World History, 3 in English III
Senior Year Course Load: AP Calculus, AP Physics, AP Eco, AP Govt, AP Eng IV, AP Chem, AP Biology, and Golf
Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.):</p>

<p>Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): NHS for 3 years (President), Mu Alpha Theta (Pres and founder), Golf 4 years (co-captain and 2 time District champs), UIL Math/Number Sense 11 years (2nd in state once), Masterminds 3 years (Captain), NASA Inspire Program (participant), Media Tech helping with sound at our church, Cross-Country Freshman and Sophomore year.</p>

<p>Job/Work Experience: Summer after sophomor year worked at Boys and Girls Club with 10 year old kids. Last summer ran a health clinic for local home health that focused on vaccinating kids for low income families.</p>

<p>Volunteer/Community service: Too many to list
Summer Activities: Church volunteer/camp and work
Essays: I read first one on the common app and it is excellent. Haven't read any others.
Teacher Recommendation: I would think they are excellent. Teachers he asked like him a lot. Same teachers that older son asked last year and he ended up at Stanford.</p>

<p>Counselor Rec: She loves him and is same counselor that S1 had.
Additional Rec:
Interview: Interviewed with MIT and interviewer said it went really well. </p>

<p>Applied for Financial Aid?: Yes
Intended Major: Engineering/Business
State (if domestic applicant): Texas
Country (if international applicant):
School Type: Public
Ethnicity: Hispanic
Gender: Male
Income Bracket: $95K - $105K
Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): URM</p>

<p>Here is the list of schools he is wanting to apply to in order of preference:</p>

<p>Harvard
Stanford
MIT
Penn</p>

<p>Princeton
Columbia
Yale
Dartmouth
Northwestern
Rice
Cornell
NYU
Carnegie Mellon
Univ. of North Carolina
Duke
Notre Dame
Wash. Univ. of St. Louis
Univ of Texas
A & M
Univ of Alabama</p>

<p>I know the first 7 or 8 are reaches for everyone but he will not be taking the first four off of his list. His older brother is at Stanford studying CS. I would like the list cut down to 12-14 schools. Any help would be appreciated as the app fees can really add up. Thanks.</p>

<p>Your son has one of the best chances that I've seen around here for many of these schools. Add U-Mich with preadmit to Ross business and dual degree in engineering. </p>

<p>Harvard
Stanford
MIT
Penn
Princeton
Columbia (really favors Hispanics for some reason)
Yale
Rice
Carnegie Mellon
NYU
Duke
Texas A & M
Univ. Michigan (with preadmit to Ross)</p>

<p>What a fun post to read! He's amazing...what can I say? :) Here's how I would cut it down:</p>

<p>Harvard
Stanford
MIT
Penn
Princeton
Yale
Dartmouth
Rice
NYU
U of Penn (add)
UNC Chapel Hill
University of Virginia (add)
Wash. Univ. of St. Louis
Univ of Texas
U Bama</p>