Northeast Schools with Merit Aid

<p>I am looking for some schools where I would be able to get some good merit aid. </p>

<p>I would like whatever school I consider to have:
-a strong biology/pre-med programs
-classes in Chinese, Arabic, and Russian
-a good theatre program
-preferrably in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, or Pennsylvania
-preferrably near New York City or Philadelphia
-small class sizes</p>

<p>Here are my stats:</p>

<p>I attend a rather challenging college-prep Catholic school. </p>

<p>Grades:</p>

<p>Classes are categorized as either honors (regular level) or advanced (higher level).</p>

<p>Freshman year:
-General English ADV: A-
-World History ADV: A
-Algebra II ADV: A-
-Spanish II ADV: A
-Biology (regular level; no higher level offered): A-
-Religion (regular level; no higher level offered): A</p>

<p>Sophmore year:
-English Literature ADV: B+
-European History ADV AP: B+
-Geometry ADV: A-
-Spanish III ADV: A+
-Chemistry ADV: A-
-Religion (regular level; no higher level offered): A</p>

<p>Junior year:
-American Literature ADV: A- or B+ (I’m not sure which; my last quarter grade may have brought my average to a B+, though I’m not sure since I don’t know my numerical grade, only the letter grade; my grades by quarter are B+, A, A, B-)
-American History ADV AP: B
-Pre-calculus ADV: A-
-Spanish IV ADV: A+
-Biology II ADV: A-
-Religion (regular level; no higher level offered): A</p>

<p>Here are the courses I’m taking in senior year:
-World Literature ADV
-Sociology (regular level; no higher level offered; chosen out of the following options: 20th-century history, psychology, and sociology)
-Calculus ADV AP
-Spanish V ADV
-Physics (regular level; no higher level offered)
-World Religions (regular level; no higher level offered)
I’m expecting to get all A’s in senior year.</p>

<p>I'm not positive, but I believe my unweighted GPA should be somewhere around 3.6 or 3.7.</p>

<p>Test Scores:</p>

<p>SATs: 1350 combined without writing; 2020 with writing
-Math: 660
-Critical Reading: 690
-Writing: 670 </p>

<p>SAT IIs:
-Biology: 720</p>

<p>I will be retaking the SATs in October, I’ll be retaking the subject test (and taking more) in
November, and I’ll be taking the ACTs in September.</p>

<p>AP exams (not sure if considered):</p>

<p>-European History: 5
-US History: 5</p>

<p>Extracurriculars:
-Girl Scouts (3 years going on 4)
-Spanish Club (3 years going on 4)
-Swim Team (3 years going on 4)
-Science Club (2 years going on 3)
-Math Team (2 years going on 3)
-Teen Advisory Council at my local library (we plan events for teens, volunteer at programs for younger kids, and we've spoken on a panel at the ALA mid-winter convention) (1.5 years going on 2)
-Ski Team (1 year- freshman year- I didn't like it)
-Volunteering at a local hospital for a school year; will find a new location for next year
-Venture Crew, a co-ed scouting group that just started in my town, associated with the Boy Scouts (just started in May and I plan on sticking with it)
-Voice lessons/Chorus (I've recently become more comfortably with the idea of performing, and started taking voice lessons. I'll be joining my school's chorus when school starts)</p>

<p>My school doesn't rank.</p>

<p>I can’t think of anything else I can say at the moment. I’m sorry if this isn’t enough information. Thank you to anyone who is able to answer or give any advice! I really appreciate the help and consideration!</p>

<p>Take a look at Drew. They have a good theater program and I think you would have a very good shot at merit aid. Good luck!</p>

<p><a href="http://www.drew.edu/depts/finaid.aspx?id=7327%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://www.drew.edu/depts/finaid.aspx?id=7327&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>Thanks! That's actually one of the ones already on my list, so it's great to hear it recommended. :D</p>

<p>Muhlenberg (PA)</p>

<p>Thank you, I'll check it out. :D</p>

<p>DeSales
Bard
Vassar
Lehigh</p>