We are in the midst of putting together the college list. Looking for feedback.
Goal: Study stem - most likely chemistry, chem engineering or bio chem - but child is a hs senior - things could easily shift - but I expect them to stay in stem.
Reach - Princeton, Cornell, MIT, U Chicago, Tufts, Harvard
Other schools considering - Northeastern, Northwestern (haven’t seen it yet so reach, but not officially on our list yet), BU, Yale (major reach, but did not like New Haven), Swarthmore (much smaller than their goal, but supposed to be like a mini U Chicago).
How would you prioritize these schools for the intended area of study (taking into account their profile)? I know the reach schools are so competitive to get into, but they are on the reach list. I expect some are more of a reach than others - again, that fine tuning.
I feel like we are splitting hairs between the schools - they are all terrific (and hard to get into) - but if focused on Chem / Bio Chem, etc. do some bubble up a bit more? Eg:
U Chicago has ME program with chem focus - is that similar to say Cornell’s engineering? Both excellent schools, just trying to fine tune list.
We’re also still going through the size and location - child wants a university and originally said city, but did really like Cornell - so location issue is still in play (and they keep asking about Swarthmore so that is still on the list). We are focused on NE and Chicago (no where south and doubt we’ll look at CA)
Stem student - maybe chem or chem eng (TBD) - or something else but stem
770 / 760 V / M
4.2 gpa (unweighted)
APs - AB Calc 5, Bio 4 - taking AP Physics, differential equations senior year, AP gov, AP French, AP English (BC calc, chem, scores TBA)
ECs: national art award, multiple state writing, state art awards, regional board member, started school club, (2 week) summer pharma internships, national college summer stem leadership program, college book award for stem, varsity sport for 2 years, captain 1 year