My daughter sent in all her apps and thought she was done. Then I researched Vanderbilt and liked what I saw, namely their academic reputation and merit scholarships. Here is our dilemma. My D has been accepted to Auburn with Presidential Scholarship which gives full tuition, a $1500 technology allowance, and a $4000 study aborad experience. She is also a semi-finalist for the Elite Scholarship which for an additional $10-$32K. There is also a good chance of departmental and general scholarships. She has also recently applied to Duke, UNC, Northwestern, and Yale.
Do you think it would be worth the $50 to apply to Vanderbilt to see what kind of financial aid package she might receive? She probably wouldn't attend there unless she got a very generous package. She is undecided on a major, but is thinking of pharmacy, optometry, or physical therapy.
Here are her stats:
GPA: 4.0 unweighted-taken the most rigorous courseload our school offers
Numerous EC's and volunteer experiences
Teacher rec's: Both excellent
Counselor rec: Outstanding
Personal Essay: I thought it was superb, but then I'm biased
It is hard to add another college at this time, especially when we haven't visited Vandy, but if she doesn't get accepted to her other colleges, or isn't offered much aid, then she will only have Auburn from which to choose. What do you think? The deadline is Jan. 3rd, and it looks like there is no addicitonal essay, only the Common App.