No idea where to go from here

<p>I know Rice is my first choice, but I don't have any safeties or alternatives. I am stuck.
I am not particularly interested in the usual alternatives-ivies (except maybe Cornell), Duke, Emory. The attraction is not the South per se, its the school.
What I am looking for:
Well rounded programs, as I am not 100% sure what I want to study.
I am not super into partying, but I can deal as long as there are alternatives.
I will need good financial aid.
Bigger than 2,000 and smaller than 15,000 students.
Kind of quirky student body
Not dominated by the Greek system</p>

<p>3.9 gpa uw. No weighted, but I will have either 5 or 6 APs when I graduate
31 ACT</p>

<p>I am open to any other suggestions! I don't care if the school is a reach or not. Thanks!</p>

<p>YOu may want to check out UChicago, WashU, Grinnell and Haverford (despite the size), or potentially Brown, although you indicated that you were not interested much by Ivies.</p>

<p>There are really tons of schools that match what you're looking for, so just look around and you'll find schools you like. For there are a whole lot of LAC's that could work as safeties if the small size isn't too big of an issue</p>

<p>Carleton is right at 2000 students and is quirky + intellectual. Also, it's not terribly difficult to get into.</p>

it's not terribly difficult to get into


Not entirely true, though Carleton has a higher admission percentage than the Ivies. Drought was right on the other points.</p>

<p>Brandeis, Wesleyan, University of Rochester, CMU, Case, Oberlin, Vassar.</p>

<p>(Some of these will be reaches)</p>

<p>If "quirky" is really important then Brandeis, Wesleyan and Oberlin should be serious contenders.</p>

<p>Also, Brandeis and Oberlin have absolutely no Greek life (not permitted).</p>

<p>Also, what about Rice appeals to you? That might help.</p>

<p>Rice is most known for its math/sciences. Is that why you are interested in it? Its not the place people go to study English or History for the most part.</p>