Son is a rising senior at a large TX public school with a strong academic reputation. He is not in a priority group. He has good grades but is not in the top 10% which is our concern.
He is interested in film studies, creative writing and economics.
His uw GPA is 3.85 in all classes and 3.75 in core. He took the SAT 2x and got a 1550 each time. He has taken 6 pre-APs and 7 APs so far with 4 more APs this year. He will be a national merit scholar but not sure that helps.
He has received awards for his recent documentary film, is the incoming president of his theater club, eagle scout, Citizenship award from his school, and has written and been a lead in several theater productions. He participates in several theater groups and sports clubs.
Essays and recs should be strong.
Budget is not an issue.
His preference is small to midsize college with film and economics programs that can both be explored (ie you don’t have to pick one or the other). No geographic preference.
I am concerned that schools will not admit him due to being outside the top 10%. His priority schools are Claremont McKenna, Wesleyan, Penn, Georgetown and Middlebury. He will likely pick one of these for ED/EA but all of these are a Far Reach and we are looking for some options that are more likely. Any ideas schools that are more forgiving on class rank with strong SATs and good GPA that offer the ability to pursue both film studies and economics?