2 years ago
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Help me narrow down college descions

Hello! I want to start narrowing down my college decisions as I make pros and cons lists. I want to get rid of 2 colleges from the ones I have been accepted to so far. And I want to pick 2 colleges to accept the waitlist. If you could please leave me some tips on how to narrow down my list, I would very much appreciate it. Thank you!


- Wellesley

- Tulane + honors

- Mount Holyoke

- Emerson

- UC Santa Cruz

- Rhodes



- Scripps

- UC San Diego

- UC Davis

- American


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2 years ago[edited]

I'm not sure I agree with the logic of eliminating 2 accepted list and 2 wait lists because none of them are as good as Wellesley and Tulane (Honors). Depending on your families ability to support you, I would just decide between going to gorgeous 500 acre Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. designed campus outside of Boston or larger co-ed densely packed 100 acre New Orleans campus. They couldn't be more opposite in culture and tradition. At Wellesley you will have amazing support as a female and have incredible resources / facilities / dining options / libraries and be able to take classes at MIT, Olin, Brandeis & Babson. And at Tulane you be a large Division 1 sports school with Frats/Sororities (45% of students belong), larger classes and warmer temperatures.

None of the other schools come close in academic reputation, prestige and desirability IMO.

If you need to keep some because of financial aid, then I would keep the one that make sense to your families concerns. I don't know if you are a Californian but if you are, the cheapest options are going to be UCSD, UCSC right? Scripps and USD are expensive. And Rhodes, American, Emerson all about the same price.

Good luck.

2 years ago

Hi @14PBM!

I'd need some more information to give you recommendations. What do you plan on studying, what are your career goals, how much is your budget, and — most importantly — what do you value in a college?

The schools you've been accepted too are all very different, so I think you could start by narrowing it down to schools that fit your needs. For example, do you want to go to a large school (like UCSD) or a smaller school (like Tulane)? By thinking about this list as it relates to your ideal college experience, you should quickly be able to cut out some deal breakers, and compare the rest on more even terms.

Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any further questions.

2 years ago

Congratulations on all of your acceptances! I would suggest rank these factors in order:

Price being paid after scholarships, if applicable.


School size

Student body

Professors(specific professors)

Professor to student ratio.

After you list these from most important, to least important, then just look at which school has the most important ones and which school doesn't. The schools that don't have the important factors, leave out. Then, you should have a more clear idea of which school is the best one for you.

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