Hello. We’re really struggling with D21’s college list and whether she should opt to apply ED2 to another college. I’m hoping some knowledgable CC people can help.
***Specific questions about colleges are at the bottom for anyone who doesn’t want to read further.
D21 is applying ED to Amherst as it’s hands-down her favorite .
She did a really thorough analysis to arrive at her ED choice. Ultimately, the most important reason she chose Amherst is that it has by far the most interesting courses within the majors she’s considering. Other reasons for choosing it include the diversity, location, consortium, being collaborative rather than competitive, freshman-only housing, strong alumni network, no distribution requirements, and fantastic COVID response.
We’re looking for other small colleges that are reasonably diverse, that have students who are collaborative rather than competitive, and students who are friendly and accepting rather than elitist. D21 is interested in peace & justice studies, or majors like American studies or women’s studies that have courses with a social justice focus.
SAT: 1520 (800v, 720m)
GPA: 3.9 unweighted
Classes: all International Baccalaureate (mix of high level and standard)
Amnesty International (volunteer)
American Sign Language (teach class)
Volunteers for clean lakes organization
Kid has no hooks
Social justice warrior
Will watch sports if friends are on the team
Hangs out with friends but not a partier
No supplementary essays (unlikely to be admitted to Colby or Bates but easy to apply)
Optional Writing Supplement (we know it’s not really an option not to write it)
Mt. Holyoke* ($60)
Requires Writing Supplement
Bryn Mawr* ($50)
**Also considering Macalester and Dickinson.
College specific questions:
- Is Wellesley the intense, academic pressure-cooker environment, full of competitive students, that it's rumored to be? Maybe this is false, or maybe elimination of grade-deflation has helped. D21 already tends to put pressure on herself. I'm uncertain if Wellesley would be a good fit. However, D21 loves the idea of sisterhood and the courses offered are excellent.
- Is Bryn Mawr less pressure-cooker than Wellesley? D21 liked it on the tour, and when factoring in courses taken at Haverford or Swarthmore, the selection is decent.
- Is Middlebury really as cliquey/elitist as described? I was disappointed to read this more than once as it seems Middlebury could otherwise be a decent fit.
- Any thoughts on Hamilton versus Colgate for a kid with my daughter's profile?
- Any opinions on whether Williams be deluged with more applications than usual due to lowering their tuition?
- Mt. Holyoke and Smith are both online-only. Given I believe this pandemic is going to last into next year, I'm inclined to remove both from the list. Any thoughts?
- I'm worried about admissions, especially with so many current freshmen taking gap years. Should D21 consider an ED2?
- Of the colleges above and given D21's profile, any thoughts on which schools might be a good fit?