Parents-need your advice on my school list/safeties. May be going crazy.

<p>Here's the deal. I'm doing Barnard ED, but if I don't get in, I'm wondering if I have an ok list--I don't have any safeties that I've been accepted to already like most of my friends. I'll show my list, and I'd love advice on additions/subtractions to it. </p>

<p>Basic stats-2300 SAT, 95 W gpa, 7 AP's, math only up to ap stats (I have to choose between stats and calc and love stats so I chose that. </p>

<p>EC's: 2 internships, published research, have studied three languages, captain/county awards in debate and a sport. black belt, etc, etc.</p>

<p>List: all state schools oos</p>

<p>Barnard ED
UChicago EA
Tulane EA
Michigan EA
UVA EA</p>

<p>RD:
Cornell
Carnegie Mellon
Tufts
UPenn
Northwestern
Wesleyan
Vanderbilt
Wash U.
UNC</p>

<p>Give me your advice please--I'm afraid I won't get in anywhere! And money isn't a concern, my parents want me to apply to a lot of schools to have options/good chances at getting into at least one.</p>

<p>Here's my take (others mileages may vary): </p>

<p>You're set for Barnard, Tulane and Michigan. UVA and UofC are always crap shoots. </p>

<p>Of your regular decision, I'd say you're all set for CM, Tufts, NW and WUSTL. Cornell, Penn, Wesleyan, Vandy and UNC are crap shoots for anyone. </p>

<p>I really don't think you have to worry about not getting in anywhere, but you really don't have a shoo-in safety on your list. What's your state flagship?</p>

<p>ETA: your ability to pay in full definitely helps...</p>

<p>I think you will get into some of these schools and have choices, but I do agree that you should have at least one safer choice. My suggestions would be the University of Rochester and/or Pitt, where you I would think you would qualify for the Honors College. (It looks like you are going urban?)</p>

<p>Normally I would say you should have a financial safety, but if your parents REALLY don't need one.....have they run any of the financial calculators?</p>

<p>my family won't let me go to my state flagship, rutgers. </p>

<p>I need that "shoo-in safety" that is still pretty respectable.</p>

<p>and im sure we are not eligable for aid, so merit would be great. my parents have the money there, but if im going to a safety, i'd rather be getting some money.</p>

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my family won't let me go to my state flagship, rutgers. </p>

<p>I need that "shoo-in safety" that is still pretty respectable.

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I didn't go there, and don't know much about it, but there are likely some people who think Rutgers is "pretty respectable". Unfortunately, it doesn't appear your parents are in that group.</p>

<p>Edit: Unless they have another reason for not liking Rutgers. Maybe I read too much into your post.</p>

<p>Rochester definitely has merit money, and kids I know with your kind of stats have gotten it. I'm not sure about Pitt's need vs merit situation, but I was told they do have substantial money for OOS kids at the Honors College.</p>

<p>Would rochester be a "shoo in safety". I know someone who goes there and I think it would be a PERFECT fit for me, but I'm not sure about the merit money. I thought it was more of a match/reach.</p>

<p>What about Lehigh:</p>

<p>Lehigh</a> University News</p>

<p>again, would that be a safety? and I do like a bit larger, more urban campus.</p>

<p>What about University of Maryland? George Washington?</p>

<p>I think Rochester would be a safety for you, based on the stats you cited. They do like a demonstration of interest, though, so try to do an interview.</p>

<p>I think Rochester is a real "admissions bargain," just like some of the elite women's colleges.</p>

<p>I will definitely look into Rochester! GW is another good suggestion, I've considered applying there, but am not sure about the people there.</p>

<p>Does your school have Naviance? Where have other kids with your stats been accepted in the past? The quality and reputation of the school, and where you fit in that group matter enormously.</p>

<p>If you can't make that judgment, you might try someplace geographically very different, (but more regionally focused, so WUSTL, U Chicago and Northwestern don't count for these purposes) so you aren't competing with your HS classmates. Or wait until Dec. 15 before making decisions. It's not far off, and you'll have lots of feedback then.</p>

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What about University of Maryland?

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<p>It's too late for Maryland. Maryland has a "Priority Deadline" of November 1. You must apply by this deadline "for best consideration," or if you want to be considered for merit aid or honors programs. The reality is, if you're not a Marylander, it's very hard to get into Maryland if you don't apply by Nov. 1.</p>

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<p>Rutgers would likely be such a school, at a discount compared to full pay at the private and OOS public schools. Why do they object to Rutgers?</p>

<p>Many private schools use "level of interest" as an admissions criterion, so that they may reject applicants using them as safeties ("Tufts syndrome") in order to keep their yield up.</p>

<p>Some schools may be good for certain majors, even if they are not as well regarded in general. For example, Stony Brook in physics and math.</p>

<p>If there is an issue with Rutgers, what about The College of New Jersey as a true safety?</p>

<p>Thank you guys so much for the responses. Just some perspective on my school: we send 2 kids per year to Cornell, around 4 to schools like GW, the rest to rutgers or small state schools. Very weak college matriculations. There is no information on Naviance for a) anyone with my stats and b)most of the schools I'm applying too.</p>

<p>I'm just feeling ehhh about NJ state schools, I'd really like to get out of state. Schools like Rochester are exactly what I'm looking for.</p>

<p>Penn State would be a safety for you if you had applied earlier (they have rolling admissions). I tend to think it would still be a safety now, but there are probably other people here who know better than I do.</p>

<p>Isn't Tulane a 'shoo-in safety' with likely merit aid?</p>

<p>If you are applying to CMU HSS (humanities and social sciences) you are a definite in. Especially if money is not a concern. If you are trying for one of the tech/science/arts it all depends on your ECs and doing very well in either the SAT IIs or portfolio/audition. Since you seem to be seeking a general education CMU is probably a safety for you.</p>