Possible college choices

<p>I am currently a junior in high school, and I would like to know some possible college matches for me based on my information. Location isn't a big issue, but I would prefer Midwest or East Coast.</p>

<p>GPA: 3.75 UW, 4.36 W
Rank: Top 10%
SAT: CR-670 Math-720 Writing-610
EC's: Varsity Indoor and Outdoor Track, DECA, National Honor Society, Spanish NHS, Physics Olympics Competitions, 150+ community service hours (Good Works, Christian Endeavor, various summer camps)
Also, I don't know if this is important, but I have had a part-time job since the end of my sophmore year.</p>

<p>Well what would you like to study? Your stats seem good so I'm sure you'll have a decent range of choices so it'll boil down to what kind of things you'd like to study, what kind of size, rural or city, price, etc.</p>

<p>I'm not completely sure, but I'm most interested in science.</p>

<p>Maybe look into Emory U, U Wisconsin-Madison, Northeastern, U U Miami, Amherst C, Connecticut C, Haverford C. You should use the search engine at collegeboard.com</p>

<p>Most of the top 10 colleges in USNews have a great liberal arts curriculum as well as strong science departments so you can't really go wrong with any of them.
(List to give you an idea of colleges to look for)
Reach: MIT, Columbia, UPenn, Cornell, Duke
Match: Northwestern, UTAustin, UMich, UVa, JHU
Safety: Wisconsin, Rutgers, Penn State
You should take the SAT one more time Senior year. Aim for 650+each section. Your ECs look solid.</p>

<p>Some to possibly check into are Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Boston University, Rutgers, Maryland, RPI, (NY), University of Rochester, Case Western (OH) and Rose Hulman (IN).</p>

<p>Have you talked with your parents about how they expect you to pay for your education? You have good grades and test scores and could get into many colleges/universities. However, in the end you will only be able to attend one if it is affordable.</p>

<p>Might look at Holy Cross-very good science programs with nice campus 1 hour from Boston.</p>

<p>Match at Pitt (SAT 1730-2030, 3.91, 51% in top 10%) which is extremely strong in the health and biosciences, and has a big emphasis on doing undergrad research (which with a science interest is something you should factor wherever you look). It is also sort of a blend of East Coast and Midwest.</p>

<p>Wheaton College (MA) </p>

<p>What can your family afford? Schools that cost over $50,000/year?</p>

<p>I noticed that 670 and 720 are both in the average range for many schools while the 610 writing is below the range. Would this reduce my chances at some schools enough that I should retake it?</p>

<p>John, a lot of better schools disregard the SAT writing test on the grounds that it a) wasn't well tested by the College Board as a measure of writing performance before being introduced and b) isn't an especially valid way of evaluating someone's writing skills. Also, if you took the March test with the ridiculous question about whether reality TV is good or bad for society...there has been a lot of controversy over that test.</p>

<p>Take a look at Grinnell, a top 20 LAC in the midwest with amazing sciences and great merit and financial aid (but you'll need a 2100 for the merit aid).</p>

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<p>Have you calculated your family's EFC (Expected Family Contribution) on the Collegeboard website with parents' 2010 Tax Return?</p>

<p>I haven't calculated my EFC yet. I'll try to do that soon.</p>

<p>Considering your interest in science along with your stats I would suggest Case Western and Emory.</p>

<p>Northwestern is definitely not a match. For your sat and gpa, the Ivys will be super reaches. You should look into Emory, Case Western, NYU, maybe Georgetown. I had a friend like you who is currently at Emory. He is doing pre-med and he absolutely LOVES the school. I definitely recommend it</p>