Relatively new to the college search process and honestly our heads are spinning. We’ve been scouring the internet and numerous books in search of information and insight to help get us started in the right direction hopefully. CC has been incredibly informational and insightful, so thank you to all the amazing contributors to this forum for sharing your experiences.
Our daughter is a junior in HS and is a high achieving student. She has a 3.95 unweighted GPA and is taking all honors and AP classes. She’s active in and out of school, as she swims competitively year-round, plays softball, is on the HS Speech team, plays clarinet in multiple HS bands, volunteers as an upperclassman mentor/leader for incoming freshmen students, is a math tutor, and represented our city as a volunteer ambassador at various events for a year. So she’s a good student and is very active in school and the community.
She did well on the PSAT, scoring 1450. For our state, she’s right on the border for NM. She took her first ACT exam a few weeks back and just received her scores. She scored a 35 Composite. She’s planning to take it again at least one more time this spring in hopes of getting to a 36.
She has aspirations of going to a top-tier school, as many other kids do. We visited Stanford, UC-Berkeley and UCLA over the past year while traveling out west, and she loved them all. With the out of state tuition prices in California, the 2 state schools are out of our price range. She’s planning to apply to Stanford, but realizes it’s a reach for about anyone. We are going to visit Princeton in a few months, as she really liked what the representative had to say at a mini college fair that we attended a few months back. Again, she knows Princeton is a reach, but wants to go and see the campus and potentially apply. Her current major of interest is Engineering. In looking through dozens upon dozens of schools, we are trying to find good programs that will make her strong offers based on her grades, test scores and extra-curriculars. What we’d like to have in place when she is applying, is a list of schools that range from Reach to Strong Merit Scholarship Offers to Full Scholarship Offers. Then be able to walk through each school and determine the merits of each.
We’ve been able to gather some valuable information in some of the posts from other people’s experiences. Any insight or guidance in regard to our situation would be greatly welcomed and appreciated!