I’m a HS senior in VA planning on pursuing a higher education in biology with a focus on ecology/evolutionary/conservation.
I’m interested in what you all might have to say about how strong this area of study is in the schools listed below
I have a 3.4 GPA, 1430 SAT and 32 ACT although my EC’s, Essays and LOR’s are where I really stand out.
After some acceptances to my first few EA schools I’m ready to start getting much more ambitious on my RD school choices. Specifically, I’m looking at these ones in order of preference:
U of Miami (considering ED2)
William & Mary (considering ED2)
Washington St. Louis (considering ED2)
George Washington University
University of Virginia
University of Georgia
I’m debating whether to apply under ED2 to either Miami, W&M or Wash St Louis.
I’m aware UMiami has a school devoted entirely to marine sciences, which certainly does sound cool but they also list on their website a major in biology with an ecological concentration as a possibility. I also know their cognate system allows you to mix and match a variety of different disciplines.
I have the in-state advantage at W&M, and I know they have a well-known biology program as well although I know that school is very academic in nature and if you can’t tell by my GPA I’m not sure if that’s exactly the best fit for me.
Finally Wash St Louis is a pretty astronomical reach for me and might honestly be a waste of my ED2 advantage that would have served me better at Miami or W&M. Although I know Wash also has a strong program in organismal biology.
What do you guys think?
UMiami just based on location and student life would be the obvious choice, but of course I would like it to be strong in my major to consider applying ED2 there.