What "tier" schools could I get in?

<p>I'm now a senior, and have been trying hard to get my stats up for college... Not really sure what type of schools I should even aim at getting into</p>

<p>Freshman year was a bad one I had about a 2.9 UW, Sophomore Year a 3.33 UW, and this year a 3.7 UW. I got a 29 ACT and a 1940 SAT (just took it again hoping to break 2000), Varsity Lacrosse, Community Service, good essay, and great recs.</p>

<p>I go to a gifted, nationally ranked top 10 HS in the nation, so all my classes are honors/AP so my weighted GPA is much much higher.</p>

<p>Many schools outside the top ~30 would be happy to have an applicant like you, especially given that your schools sounds to be very well-respected, thus making your GPA more appealing.</p>

<p>any examples ?</p>

<p>The list of schools which would accept applicants of your caliber is extremely long. And I mean that as a high compliment. However, many schools on that list would have nothing in common except basic admissions statistics. Thus, providing some other criteria (e.g. size, location, financial need) would be extremely helpful in generating a list of schools that you would want to apply to as opposed to just a list of schools you could get in to.</p>

<p>Well I live in FL so I'd be going to a state school for free, but I want to go out of state.</p>

<p>As of right now I'm thinking
- a private school
-around 5,000 kids or so (if you think of something that fits all other criteria but is bigger/smaller throw it out there anyway!!)
- beautiful campus with beautiful women
-sweet location (good music scene, etc,)
-and a place where I'll learn alot as well.</p>

<p>University of Miami but that's in state and def more than 5,000 kids</p>

<p>what about:
University Of Texas - Austin (large school, public school but Austin is amazing and UT is a good school)
University of Wisconsin - Madison (same as Texas)
University of Georgia
UC-Santa Barbara
Rollins College
Indiana University
Arizona State University</p>

<p>Vassar? About the right # of students, gorgeous campus, lots of great music and performances on campus-not so much off campus though--Poughkeepsie is just okay around campus. NYC is 1 and a half hours by train. Lots of girls-ratio is about 60/40 in favor of girls. Academics are very challenging but not competitive.</p>

<p>I'm digging the UGA suggestion. Much bigger than 5000, though.</p>

As of right now I'm thinking
- a private school
-around 5,000 kids or so (if you think of something that fits all other criteria but is bigger/smaller throw it out there anyway!!)
- beautiful campus with beautiful women
-sweet location (good music scene, etc,)
-and a place where I'll learn alot as well.


<p>I'd recommend SMU man. It is a small private school, although it's a little bit bigger than 5,000. The campus is beautiful and they probably have the best girls of any private school in the country. You wanted a scene, well SMU is in the middle of North Dallas. Can't beat being in a metro with almost 7 million people and one of the best music scenes in the nation in the City of Dallas.</p>

<p>I'd suggest TCU, which is slightly smaller and has a male/female ratio of 60/40, but the only problem with it is that Fort Worth is nice, but it's country music central and I would not consider that a great scene for someone in college. You'd be 30-45 minutes away from all the happenings over in Dallas.</p>

<p>I'd say look anywhere in the U.S. News Tier One. I don't think you have much of a chance at the very, very top schools, but anything lower you have a good shot. Many students at my school are like you and get into very strong, private schools. If you get near a 4.0 first half of senior year, I'd say you could get into places like Northwestern, Rice, Vanderbilt, Emory (schools that fit some of your criteria) as a reach. Colleges like to see a strong grade progression, and your 3.7 junior year will far outweigh the 2.9 freshman year. </p>

<p>What do you plan on going into? Because my recommendation for engineering would be different than pre-med which would be different than humanities.</p>

<p>UGA seems amazing.. but again pretty large and a minuscule out of state percentage.</p>

<p>All these schools you've recommended seem really cool, I'd love to go a school like Northwestern or Emory but I don't think i have much of a shot.</p>

<p>I hope my SAT was improved.. Will a 29 ACT be strong enough? I'm taking it again and hoping to get a 30+ but you never know..</p>

<p>My sister went to SMU, and I like it alot but all of her friends tell me not to go because they all say they no they didn't reach their full potential and that there is WAYY to much opportunity to get in trouble.</p>

<p>Her friends recommended to me Charleston and Elon, but I think I can get into a little better school then those. Maybe those are safetys?</p>

<p>no one else has any other suggestions?</p>

<p>please help a brother out!</p>

<p>What is way too much opportunity to get into trouble at SMU?</p>

<p>I don't know.. How everyone is so loaded they can afford to buy huge amounts of drugs at any time.</p>

<p>Almost all of her friends got arrested at some point, maybe it was a bad group of kids but I dont know... That was the Greek Life though, probably similar at all schools.</p>

<p>Oh yeah. You know that Greek life. Bad stuff..you don't wanna get tangled in that..that's for sure. You wanna hang out with the good kids, the ones whose social life consists of halo tournaments in the dorms. You can meet some chick dude from Colorado online or something..Internet dating is all the rage right now.</p>

<p>no.. I want to be involved in Greek life for sure, it's just what they've all told me.</p>

<p>Drugs are everywhere and at every school. People give SMU a bad rep for drugs, but really it's no worse than most. I transferred, and was around a lot more drugs before coming to SMU. </p>

<p>This is just my experience.</p>

<p>Yeah, the truth is that drugs really are at each school. In fact you can tell a lot about a school by the most popular types of drugs.</p>

<p>what would you guys consider some schools similar to SMU?</p>

<p>I like it there, but my parents weren't all too impressed and I don't know if they'd pay to send me there.</p>