What colleges should I apply for?

<p>Freshman GPA: 4.1 (all core classes were honors)
Sophomore GPA: 4.0 (honors & one AP)
Junior GPA (for the first semester): 4.0 (three APs)
I'm shooting for all A's this semester. I went to a gifted middle school & started Algebra 1 & Spanish 1 in 7th grade. I'm taking at least five AP classes my senior year. I just took my SAT, and I haven't received my score yet, but I think I did really well. I'm a Virginia resident. I wouldn't mind going out of state. Where do you think I would qualify?</p>

<p>University of Virgina or Maryland would be good for you. Possibly American U. What is your planned major/what kind of college do you want to attend?</p>

<p>Nursing, I think... but I'm also debating law school, so my major may be philosophy! Or a business major like accounting or finance... I'm pretty much lost in what I want to do! Do you think I have a shot at Maryland & UVA?</p>

<p>You can do pre-law from any major -- LSAT and college GPA are highly important in law school admissions.</p>

<p>Have you consulted with your parents on whether they will be able to make the family contribution expected by colleges when determining financial aid (try the "net price calculator" at each college's web site to see a financial aid estimate)? This should be done well before application season so that you know what schools are affordable if you get in, affordable only if you get big merit scholarships, or unaffordable no matter what.</p>

<p>I'll only be able to afford it with scholarships... My parents can't afford anything :/</p>

<p>If your parents' income level is low enough, then the financial aid systems may assume a $0 expected family contribution, which would mean that you should get a decent financial aid offer at schools that meet full need. However, many schools do not meet full need. But if your parents have a high enough income to have an expected family contribution significantly greater than $0, then you will need big merit scholarships.</p>

<p>You are most likely to find safety schools among your in-state public schools (Virginia has some good ones). Safety schools must be both sure admission and certain affordability.</p>

<p>UNC Chapel Hill may also be willing to meet need for out of state students, but most publics do not meet need for out of state students (though some like Alabama and UAB offer generous merit scholarships for high stats out of state students).</p>

<p>Of course, some of the most popular prestigious schools are generous with need based aid, but they should not be counted on for admission.</p>

<p>You should have a shot at both UVA and William and Mary, depending on SATs and extracurriculars. Virginia has an embarrassment of riches public-college-wise: VTech, Mary Washington, CNU, JMU, and VCU are all quite respectable, and you should be a shoo-in at at least most of those 5. Maybe all of them.</p>

<p>Something to think about: Admissions</a> | Yale School of Nursing</p>

<p>Dual degrees in the health care industry are highly valued these days- no reason why you can't explore that option.</p>