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Unweighted GPA: 3.7
SAT: 720 math
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How do I find schools that are a good fit for me academically and socially?

Hi everyone! I'm a junior and I'm in the process of creating my college list. I'm having a hard time figuring out which schools would be a good fit for me, both academically and socially. My GPA is around 3.6, I'm into STEM, and I'd like a school with a strong sense of community. Any advice on how to narrow down my options or any tools out there that could help me? Thank you so much!

9 months ago

Hi there! It's great that you've already started thinking about building your college list. Finding the right fit academically and socially is indeed important. I have a few suggestions to help you with that process.

Firstly, research is key. Websites like CollegeVine, CollegeBoard's Big Future, and U.S. News College Rankings can provide a wealth of information on various colleges. Use their search tools and filters to identify schools with strong STEM programs and a sense of community you're interested in.

Once you've found some potential options, I'd recommend exploring the schools' websites for more details about their academic programs, campus life, and clubs/organizations to see if they align with your interests and preferences. It also helps to reach out to students or alumni through social media (e.g., Facebook groups or LinkedIn) for firsthand experiences.

Additionally, attending college fairs and open houses (either in-person or virtually) can provide a more in-depth understanding of each school. You'll have the opportunity to ask questions, hear from current students, and possibly even get a feel for the campus environment.

Lastly, consider speaking to your high school counselor. They can be a valuable resource in narrowing down your choices based on your academic profile and personal preferences.

Remember that finding the right fit is a personal journey. What works for someone else might not work for you. Take the time to explore your options and trust your instincts. Good luck with your college search!

9 months ago

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