Suggest Some Colleges for a Sibling

<p>My sister will be a senior in high school this summer. She goes to the 3rd best magnet school in Boston. It is not a particularly great school and it is very diverse (maybe half or much more is black or hispanic). </p>

<p>She has not done so well. At the end of junior year her GPA is 2.4 UW (no AP or honors classes) and she intends to raise it to at least a 2.6 W by senior mid-year. Senior year will be the first time she takes AP classes (she will be taking 2). </p>

<p>She took the SAT and got a 1500 the first time. She is taking a prep course this summer and studying and intends to get an 1800 this fall.</p>

<p>She has been on her school's Varsity Softball Team 2 years. Has tutored elementary-school children 2 years. Has volunteered at the local hospital 1 summer. Has been accepted to a summer medical program job at a prestigious Boston hospital 1 summer. Has worked at an ice cream shop. She participates in school clubs (Asian Club & Key Club). </p>

<p>She is extremely bright and quick mentally but hasn't put her full effort in school the first two years. She wants to stay in the New England region and is a female, first-generation, Chinese-American applicant. </p>

<p>Her essay will probably be about how she is a very outspoken individual, and how that is opposite of what a traditional Chinese family expects of their daughter, and how she has grown and become who she is because of it. </p>

<p>Can anyone suggest any colleges that would accept an applicant like her? If possible we would also like to factor her ethnicity, first-generation, and perhaps gender in choosing schools where she could be competitive.</p>

<p>How much can the family afford to pay?</p>

<p>We would need significant financial aid.</p>

<p>Then you're looking at your state schools. With her stats she will not get into schools that meet need or get significant merit aid, so she will at least have to start at community college or a 4 year state school if it's affordable in your state.</p>

<p>^ Agree with Red Roses.</p>

<p>Consider starting out at a community college. The 2.4 GPA, lack of rigor, and relatively low SAT score suggests that a year at her local community college may something that she should seriously consider. If she can succeed academically at the community college and earn a strong GPA, she will have more options when applying to colleges as a transfer student.</p>