Need Help Picking A List of Schools

<p>I'm in the same boat as everyone else and I'm looking for suggestions on my potential list of schools to apply to after my senior year in high school, thanks in advance! By the way, I live in Michigan.</p>

<p>Boston College
Michigan State University
Cornell University
University of Michigan
Brown University
Northwestern University</p>

<p>GPA-3.6 (I'll explain later)
ACT- First Time 27, Second Time 31</p>

Football for my school for 4 years, 2 years of which were Varsity (Junior and Senior)
Student Council Senator for 3 years in a row (Elected Member)
Soon to be Eagle Scout
DECA International Member/Qualifier Since Junior Year
Varsity Club Since Junior Year
NHS Since Junior Year
Political Campaign Work
Won 3rd Place (Cash Prize $500) and Top Finalist for a film festival 2 years in a row
Confirmed Catholic (I don't care how religious the college is/isn't)
Tutor a 7th grade honors student in Math
Been to a bunch of leadership conferences</p>

<p>I go to the 2nd best public school in Michigan and we send about 50-60 kids a year to the University of Michigan.</p>

<p>My GPA is low because of my freshman year, but if you were to take out freshman year, my GPA would be much higher (not to mention I have an ungodly big upward trend with my GPA), my school is also very rigorous on GPA and often times colleges realize that. Because my school is so competitive, we don't do class ranks because the administrators feel that would make students look bad to colleges because our top 25% is better than most schools top 10%. I'm White as can be and my parents are divorced, I don't know if that changes anything. I didn't take any SAT's and I don't plan on it.</p>

<p>Feel free to add some schools if you think I might have forgot something or didn't know about it, thanks again!!!</p>

<p>Holy Cross-great combination academics and athletics.</p>

<p>Holy Cross didn't seem to match my academics....what do you think about my list though?</p>

<p>You forgot to mention what you want to major in...</p>

<p>Are you likely to be able to play football in college?</p>

<p>I think the best two matches on your list are Georgetown and Tufts. It seems you have an interest in government / politics and both of these schools have excellent departments. Also, you could play football at either school and still have time to enjoy the surrounding urban areas.</p>

<p>I'm still a little unsure about what exactly I want to major in but most likely it will either be Political Science, Business of some sort or Communications (Television).</p>

<p>I don't think playing football is in my future, I enjoy playing but I'm not actively being recruited or trying to be. Thanks for all the help!</p>

<p>I guess what I'm trying to get at is what last school should I apply to. I'll be applying to Michigan State, and U of M, but I want to add one last school (from out east) to apply to. I feel Georgetown would be good, but from the hot threads on this forum, it doesn't seem to be on a lot of Top 15 lists. If you could pick one school for me out of the list I have presented, which one would you choose for my stats/interests?</p>

<p>Have you taken any SAT II subject tests? Georgetown requires three SAT IIs, so if you don't plan on taking any SAT IIs, cross that off your list. Brown and BC require two, and Cornell has different subject test requirements for different areas of study (not sure about their system).</p>

<p>I don't see why you shouldn't apply to all the schools on your list. Several of them are a bit reachy, and there's no telling which ones might or might not take you. Eight schools is not that many when you're including very selective schools.</p>

<p>Have you taken any SAT II subject tests? Georgetown requires three SAT IIs, so if you don't plan on taking any SAT IIs, cross that off your list. Brown and BC require two, and Cornell has different subject test requirements for different areas of study (not sure about their system). </p>

<p>I have not taken any SAT II tests or SAT tests and I don't plan on it. So take out the schools on my list that require SAT tests and what do I have left?</p>

<p>*EDIT: * SAT & ACT Policies
For admission decisions:</p>

<pre><code>* Required: SAT Reasoning Test or ACT
* If submitting ACT, the writing section is optional
* Recommended: SAT Subject Tests

<p>For placement:</p>

<pre><code>* SAT Subject Tests
* AP
* Institution

  • SAT Reasoning/ACT score report due by: 10-JAN
  • SAT Subject score report due by: 10-JAN </code></pre>

<p>SAT score-use policy:</p>

<pre><code>* All SAT Scores Required for Review

<p>On it doesn't say that Georgetown requires SAT Subject Tests.
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<p>From the G'Town site:


<p>Georgetown's SAT code is 5244.</p>

<p>Georgetown only considers the critical reading and math portions of the SAT, not the writing section. If an applicant takes the SAT more than once, the admissions committees will consider the highest critical reading score and the highest math score from multiple test sessions when reviewing the application.</p>


<p>Georgetown's ACT code is 0668.</p>

<p>Georgetown accepts the ACT in lieu of the SAT. Applicants who take the ACT more than once will have their highest composite score considered in the evaluation process. The optional writing section on the ACT is not required, nor is the writing subscore used in the application review process.</p>

<p>SAT Subject Tests</p>

<p>It is strongly recommended that all candidates, whether they have taken the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT, submit three SAT Subject Tests scores. The scores from writing portion on the SAT Reasoning Test and the optional writing portion of the ACT will not be used in place of a Subject Test.</p>

<p>*Note to Early Action Applicants:</p>

<p>Given the Early Action deadline of November 1, the Committee on Admissions recognizes that applicants may not be able to meet the SAT Subject Test requirements. Those candidates are welcome to submit an Early Action application, and the application will be considered complete and reviewed in its entirety. Candidates applying under the Early Action plan who have not yet taken three Subject Tests should still register to take the tests in the event they are deferred from Early Action to Regular Decision. If there are extenuating circumstances which prevent an applicant from submitting three SAT Subject Test scores, the applicant should provide a written explanation to the Committee on Admissions to be included with the application.


<p>Brown (to my knowledge) doesn't require any SATs if you provide ACTs. Though if you do well on subject tests, that may help you.</p>

<p>So basically Georgetown strongly recommends that you submit a SAT II Subject Test, I'll send over an email to their admissions department and see what they say about this. Besides Brown, are there any other schools from my list that don't require SAT Subject Tests?</p>

<p>What about American University as a hightarget? Great for political science.</p>

<p>Tufts doesn't require Subject Tests if you take the ACT, University of Michigan and Michigan State do not require Subject Tests. Northwestern recommends subject tests but does not require them. </p>

<p>Also, everything I've read says Georgetown requires three, I'm surprised to see their website reads "strongly recommends"...</p>

<p>So I guess all that I'm left with is Brown and Tufts. I'll take a look at which one I would rather a apply to. EDIT: Boston College doesn't require SAT's if I took the ACT. I read somewhere that Michigan is the 2nd best political science school, would it be correct to assume that Georgetown is #1?</p>

<p>At College of the Holy Cross over 68% of those admitted were ranked in the top 10% of their high school graduating class with an average high school GPA of 3.67. Seems to be a good match.</p>

<p>Sorry, I was looking at Holy Cross College before.</p>

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