Hello! I've been doing college searching and I've started getting a little bit uncertain about just how high I should be reaching on my schools. I'm pretty sure I want to double major with EECS (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science). Here is some Stats:
Location: Northern Virginia
School: Competitive Public
GPA: 3.5 (upward trend with a large increase this year due to medical reason, I have a 3.8-3.9 this year)
Rank: School does not rank
Number of Honors taken(or taking) so far: 5
Number of APs taken(or taking) so far: 4
APs with score (if taken yet - all will be taken)
AP Computer Science A - 3 (taken sophmore year)
AP Computer Science AB
AP US History
AP Language and Composition
Senior Year courses:
AP Calculus BC
AP Physics C
AP US & Comparative Government
AP Literature and Composition (I think that's what the next level is called)
(considering AP Psychology, but may take something else)
AP tests completed by end of Senior year: 10-11 (depending on Psychology)
Practice SAT scores: waver between 1900 and 2000.
Last one was 650 Critical Reading, 720 Math, 620 Writing. The practice SATs were from that official SAT book so they were real SAT questions.
Treasurer of Habitat for Humanity campus chapter with about 200 volunteer hours by the end of the year
Public Relations of Gay Straight Alliance (odd position, but kind of a mix of secretary and vice president I think).
ISEF 2005 - Placed 3rd in Computer Science within the school's competition
Toshiba 2006 - Honorable Mention
Toshiba 2007 - Participant (haven't heard back yet)
Don't know if this would be considered in the admissions, but I plan to defer for a year to go into a year long student exchange program in Germany.
Schools I've been considering applying to:
UC-Berkley (darn residency =( if only I was in state)
University of Michigan (though I hear GPA means everything to them)
MIT (This one is mostly my dream reach, reach school. I'd love to go but I don't think my GPA is high enough. I'd still rather apply and be told hell no then not apply at all =) Especially after my absolutely amazing prefrosh experience, I absolutely loved the personality there <3)
uhh, other then that I'm at a loss of good schools for this subject. Therefore, any help would be most appreciated if you want to suggest somewhere you feel is more up to par. I mostly feel like I may be shooting too high. I however, am kind of having trouble finding safety schools and such because I keep wanting to shoot for the moon. I'll be happy though, if I hit the stars instead.