What colleges do I have a shot at?

<p>Hello fellow CCers I'm a rising senior and am in complete disarray with all this college selection and admissions stuff. So far I have 3 schools I am really trying for but they are all BIG reaches so I need some suggestions for schools I can actually make or have a decent shot at despite low test scores and GPA.</p>

<p>-Gender: Male
-Ethnicity: Indian
-Major: Finance or Economics
-High School: huge public school in upstate NY. Pretty bad school only sends around 2 kids to top schools a year. About half the class enters college and only 20% of that half go to 4 year colleges. </p>

<p>-GPA Unweighted: (89.75/100)
-GPA Weighted: (95.67/100)
-Class Rank: 26/684</p>

<p>SAT 1st: 1770
-Math: 640
-Critical Reading: 600
-Writing: 530 (7 essay)</p>

<p>SAT 2nd: 1800
-Math: 650
-Critical Reading: 590
-Writing: 560 (6 essay)</p>

<p>SAT 3rd: 1950
-Math: 680
-Critical Reading: 640
-Writing: 630 (9 essay)</p>

<p>SAT II:
-Math II: 610
-Chemistry: 670
-U.S History: 800</p>

<p>AP: Chem-2, APUSH- 4, AP Lang-4, APWH- 5, AP Physics B- 3, AP Psych- 5
Classes: 11 ap classes by the end of senior year. </p>

-DECA president and regional marketing winner
-Volunteer club
-Black History club co-founder and vice president
-ultimate Frisbee team
-Environmental club
-Business honor society vice president
-Playing guitar for 5 years have been in a band and won battle of the bands in my school.
-Science Honor society
-Life smarts competitor
-Worked at fed ex and Macdonalds
-200+ hours volunteering at a hospital </p>

<p>These are the colleges that I am interested in from most to least
University of Chicago (dream school applying early action)
NYU Stern
Umich Ross (OOS)
Suny Binghamton </p>

<p>I like urban and suburban schools. I like the northeast most but am not limited that area only. I will need FA since my family makes 30,000 a year. Not too big on greek life. need schools that support liberal views. I don't really like religiously affiliated schools but as long as their not crazy theology freaks then I'm fine.</p>

<p>I'm looking for some good match and safety schools and maybe some low reach schools so any suggestions will be much appreciated!</p>


<p>Look at Emory... they have a very good business school (Goizeuta). Everything looks fine except your SATs and extracurriculars. Your SATs are somewhat low for Emory, but they are still within the range (you can check yourself on the freshman class profile on Emory's admissions website). Regarding your extracurriculars, it appears you have a laundry list with no true dedication to any of the activities. Colleges aren't looking for breadth, they are looking for depth. Focus on 3-4 activities that have been the most important to you on your college apps. Good luck!</p>

<p>Also, you may want to look at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana... they have top 20 business schools.</p>

<p>Your big problem as I see it is that financially you need to get into one of the need-blind deep pockets schools that really meets need (Ivies and the like), but your chances of doing so are not great, while merit aid schools may not give you enough money to really make a difference. Probably you need to look at some private schools where your stats would be at their tippy top, and where you might represent geographical diversity. (OOS publics are not likely to give you great money.) And of course SUNYs. It would be a good idea to pick at least one more of those, since Binghamton is so competitive.</p>

<p>I don't have any reference books at hand to check stats so I might be off-base on these, but for merit money how about LACs like Eckerd, Juniata, Knox, Rhodes, Elon, College of Wooster?</p>

<p>@silk I looked at Emory and love the school but I'm pretty sure I'd get rejected. Plus my school's naviance shows no one ever applied to it before so I can't really base it off anything besides their average scores :( I've looked into the other schools u mentioned like Miami University and thought that was a good match. :)</p>

<p>@consolation I didn't know Binghamton was that competitive. The average sat on my school's naviance shows its only 1228. But in which case I'd think SUNY geneso and suny stony brooke would hold as good public schools aswell. As for the schools u listed, I'll be honest but I never heard of those schools lol. I'm kinda a shy kid so I don't know if I will fair well at LAC and, from what I've read and been told, LAC generally require class discussion :( But I will look into those none the less! </p>

<p>Also, for a more broad question, are merit aid awards based on scores and gpa solely or are other criteria factored in?</p>

<p>Looks like Bighamton is your best bet. For something different, UToronto may be doable for you, along with Union, RIT, or NYU-Poly. Midwestern LAC's may also be a good idea, along with even just going to community college for a couple of years to pull some money and your grades together and then try the slots at a business school, which most of are only open to university students after 2 years, anyways.</p>

<p>^^Since I'd be the first person in my family to enter college I'd prefer it was an actual 4 year university. But if worst comes to worst I may have to consider that :(</p>



<p>Think about Indiana University. We have a great business school (#11 in the nation), and a great ultimate frisbee team (I play a lot of ultimate at IU). Half of our players are actually in the b school. You would get a 9k/year scholarship and direct admittance to the business school with your stats.</p>

<p>Try UMaine as a safety. It would be a safety anyway with your scores, and it (and Maine's) complete lack of diversity would make it more so. They give tons of scholarship money to everyone I've ever known and they have a decent out of state population indicating that they must give it to out of staters.</p>

<p>NYU, Chicago and Michigan will be very, very, very hard given your grades and SAT score. Your rank's pretty impressive though, given your GPA.</p>

<p>I'd suggest you go to Binghamton. You will get a great education at a very low price. Do well there and save your money for an MBA at a more prestigious institution. Good luck.</p>

<p>i think you have a shot at macalester college, if you know what i mean :)</p>

<p>Thats awesome that you're Indian and you founded the Black History club at your school.</p>

<p>Way to be down with the struggle!</p>

<p>no one gets my joke?</p>

<p>lol my school is 99.99% white and theres only 2 black kids in my grade and I'm the only indian, or even asain kid for that matter, in the whole school. One of those black kids I know really well and he wanted to start a black history club just to see how many kids would actually join. We got 3 kids besides the two of us lol. It got removed after a month but it was a nice expierement.</p>