Hi! My daughter is highly gifted with an IQ above the 99.9th percentile. She is a very “normal” kid, but most of her friends are adults. She has grades and standardized scores that put her in the range for an Ivy or possibly Stanford, and she’s getting a lot of interest from Swarthmore and a couple of other top liberal arts schools. However she has her heart set on St. Lawrence University. She loves the location and the sport facilities. She has many academic interests but none that really stands out above the others. She’s a good “all rounder,” but she hasn’t yet found an academic niche. She is also very active in athletics, plays several sports, and hopes to play on a sports team at college. She has a thousand other interests including music (she’s a multi-instrumentalist), photography, and religion (she’s agnostic, but super-interested in the topic.) She is very social, self-confident, and outgoing and is definitely a leader… She doesn’t like noisy parties or drinking, but she likes hanging out with lots of different types of people. She gets along best with smart, open-minded, down-to-earth people who are highly curious.
She is EXTREMELY anti-elitist and wants to go to a “non-snobbish” school, which is why she refuses to even look at an Ivy (probably unfair of her.) At the same time, I’m encouraging her to look for challenging academics that would develop her keen intellect. Would St. Lawrence meet the academic needs of someone who is a bit of an outlier?
It seems to me that SLU is “on the rise” and will soon be ranked in the top 20 or so liberal arts colleges in the nation. I hear the professors at SLU are outstanding. I don’t want to be snooty, but I want my kid to have an outstanding education and to have lots of friends of similar ability. I also want her to have the sort of undergraduate experience that would help her get into an excellent graduate school. Any feedback about the strength of SLU academics? And it’s suitability for a super-smart kid?
Would we as parents be hurting her future chances of success by having her go to SLU rather than, say, to an “elite” school like Swarthmore or Notre Dame (my dh’s alma mater – needless to say, he’s encouraging her to go there,)