Which college should I apply to?

<p>I moved to the US(more precisely to California) 2 years ago and I am currently a high school junior. </p>

<p>I feel somewhat lost when it comes to applying to colleges, most of my classmates have already picked the colleges they want to go to and i still have no idea. i know that i still have the whole summer for research, but i dont have anyone who would help me choosing a college: my parents are as new to this system as I am, and most of my friends arent very ambitious when it comes to college applications.</p>

<p>my weighted GPA is 4.37 and non-weigted is 3.95
my SAT I score is 1920 (760 for math 580 for reading and writing)
SAT II 800 both math and physics
i havent taken the ACT and dont know if i should
my senior year im taking 6 AP classes and 1 honors and math classes@community college because i've taken the highest math class my school offered this year(calc BC).
I did academic summer program last year and am hoping to get accepted to one this year.
I don't have many extracurricular activities though. I participate in science olympiad, math league, and couple of other clubs at my school(i dont have any leadership positions tho).
i occasionally volunteer and overall have about 100 community service hours.
i also do track and XC, but i am not a star athlete or anything.</p>

<p>I was just wondering, based on that information, do you think you could recommend a school(s) a have a good chance getting into?</p>

<p>thank you! i really appreciate all the help =)</p>

<p>How much can your parents afford to pay for school? Will you be considered an international for admission?</p>

<p>In terms of colleges in cali, I would put Berkeley (UCB) as a reach. If your SAT were 2100+, UCB would be a match, but it is not. Seeing your scores, you are most likely to be Asian. Get your reading up to more than 650. Stanford should be your far-reach, and UCLA should be your low reach. So, in summary:</p>

<p>Far Reach: Stanford level (UPenn, Brown, Cornell ...)
Reach: UCB level (Vanderbilt, Emory, Carnegie ...)
Low reach: UCLA level (Boston College, Tufts ...)
Match: Rochester level (Wisconsin, Washington ...)</p>

<p>It might be worth getting some tutoring for the CR section and re-taking in October because or the disparity in your CR and math. Meanwhile, look for someplace to apply early action so you have a chance of having something in November that is not binding. University of Chicago would be a good choice but will be difficult to get. U. Mich. has rolling admissions. For science/math, check out University of Rochester and Brandeis which could be matches or low reaches as well as the other suggestions.</p>

<p>to Erin's Dad
im pretty sure im considered an international student since im not a citizen or a permanent resident.</p>

<p>to Sensation
thank you for such elaborate list of colleges. i am not asian though, i am russian. :)
do you think the fact that i recently came here and that english isn't me native language would somehow affect admission officers' decision? i am taking SAT this june again but i dont think i can get my reading/writing score any higher than 600.</p>

<p>to Hitch123
would you say it's better to get a tutor or to take SAT class? I've tried to study my own(i have several SAT books), but it's really hard to do and my scores show that it really isn't that effective.</p>

<p>Yes, your immigration will mean those CR and Writing scores will be forgiven. Might I suggest checking out the book, Direct Hits Vocabulary (there are two books in the set)? They're great for those vocabulary questions in the Writing section?</p>

<p>If you can afford it, try getting a tutor. IMO, writing and grammar are less formulaic than math, and thus better taught one-on-one. If you have a good friend who speaks English well, you could get together and exchange lessons! BTW, 500 is the national average for each test, so you should feel very good about scoring 580s as a recent immigrant.</p>