Would love to get your opinions. DD2 is applying to schools now. She has WPI high on her list. She had a 4.21 (weighted) GPA coming into senior year, and has mostly A’s so far this year. Her classes have been several APs each year with the remainder Honors. Her SAT scores - we only got one chance really with COVID - were decent. She had a 1310, with English 690, and and math lower at 620. Not that the school will care, but she never did any prep. In addition to this, as a freshman and sophomore she took an “accelerated” Honors math course that combined Alg/Geometry freshman year, and Geom/Alg2 as a sophomore. The idea of this program was to move her up a year to be in calculus as a senior. She hated these courses, the teacher was brutal, and they rushed. She did OK (B grades), but decided after sophomore year to drop down to ACP (Accelerated College Prep) math for her last 2 years. I understand WPI is an “engineering” school. She is on the art side, and wants to major in video game design and animation, has a strong art portfolio. She wants to be the art kid who gets some tech, not the engineer. She took AP Computer Science A and B in HS as well, and did fine, but not looking to be a coder or engineer. Want to do animation, modeling, etc.
My question for WPI, with her 4.2 (and will likely be 4.4 when she graduates) weighted GPA, should she submit the SAT scores, where it may show that math isn’t her strength? Will the “algorithm” they use assume a slightly higher math SAT score based on her GPA?
The last question is about merit. Zero chance she is going to WPI if no merit is given, as it’s a very expensive school (50K for tuition alone). My question was - any insight as to how much merit WPI tends to give, and at what level? Would a kid from an A+ high school who took all honors and AP classes with a 4.2-4.4 weighted GPA get merit? Or is that still in their bottom half? She would like need 20K in merit per year for us to be able to attend (unless more was given in financial aid, but we have a 32K EFC for each of the 2 kids going to college next year so not sure if there will be a penny given there)