Have you considered Lehigh University? This is my alma mater and while known as an engineering school, it also has a rigorous and strong arts and science college. I have a humanities degree. It is liberal, small, and intellectual. They provide good financial packages and recently became a 100% financial need school, I believe. This is in PA and is Lafayette's "rival" 😀
Not sure if this was for me or Tiramasu - Lehigh is a bit too Greek and athletic for dd. Awesome school, though! Nice to hear that it recently became 100% need!
We really like the same schools!
And I also am suspicious about getting enough aid & scholarships at the same schools you mentioned. And I'm hoping to avoid doing Profile schools because their npc's never turn out well for us, but Muhlenberg seems better than most. If D really wants Muhlenberg, I'd see if they would consider a pre-read of our finances and decide whether or not to go forward with the Profile.
I think Denison is a Profile school, too. Blech. So I won't suggest it and wait to see if she brings it up.
I wasn't going to ask her to look at Allegheny but then I saw they won an award for undergrad research, so then I thought it might be worth it.
I am also worried about the price at Juniata after doing their NPC twice.
I am interested in having D apply to Ursinus, Elizabethtown, Lebanon Valley, and maybe Susquehanna and hoping for a big merit scholarship.
My Susquehanna ds applied to similar schools. He and I got weird vibes from Lebanon Valley immediately. Can't explain it - old, conservative, twilight zoney. Lycoming (and I'll throw in McDaniel in MD) might be nice additions. Elizabethtown was awesome and a close second. Well, I wanted it to be.
When I look at our district's Naviance, I notice that Muhlenberg tends NOT to prefer local kids. And they are stingier with merit. But your dd has great stats! I guess it just depends on what kind of f/a you think you might get. Denison gave oldest ds tons of merit. Merit is always better than f/a that might switch from year to year. You are smart to consider FAFSA only schools for the most part. And make sure you know which ones offer 100% need. Susquehanna used CSS Profile in the first year, but in the subsequent years, only FAFSA.
I hope this thread has given you a sizeable list of schools, lisabees. I just want to thank you for it My son is a rising junior, and I think many of the schools listed here will be of interest to us.
Penguin, thank you! This thread and its contributors have been amazing! DD started the common app yesterday; her mind is more confused - yet more flexible - than ever. Instead of feeling like she is "stupid" for not having higher SAT scores or for not applying to top-tier schools, she is thinking how nice it might be to be at a school where she is wanted as a top student.
I think this a good segue into a quote I often share here. It was said at my oldest son's first college visit ever - Swarthmore. The admissions director said, "If this (college search) process doesn't change you, then you are doing it wrong."
It is my favorite part of going through this with all of my kids. The evolution from beginning to end - watching them decide what they are willing to compromise and what they are not willing to compromise - enchants me. Every single time.
Edited by lisabees, 02 August 2017 - 08:09 AM.