Help please? My junior son is having a difficult time deciding on colleges to apply to this fall. He falls into the tricky category of very good (but not extraordinary), non-minority or first-gen, student seeking some merit (but not qualifying for need).
He has a strong academic record (4.0 UW/4.5 W), ranked #7 out of 530, and is in IB Diploma courses junior/senior year, with three AP courses from 9th/10th. He scored 1400 on the SAT but hopes to take it again in September—IF it happens! Extracurriculars are drama, orchestra, Model UN, and Chinese club. Has volunteered at the hospital (but probably not this summer!)
His ideal school would be:
• East Coast but not a downtown campus
• Under 30K enrollment
• Good biology program and pre-med advising
• Likely to offer some merit to kids with his profile
We can pay about $40K/year without help. We want to avoid loans (we have 2 starting college in 2 years) and won’t qualify for need-based.
He will apply to University of Maryland and UMBC (in-state) but need more options Maybe Villanova and William & Mary, but probably no merit aid there. Pittsburgh? Richmond?
Welcoming all suggestions. Thanks!