How to decide what colleges to apply to? Suggestions?

I'm a junior in high school, my school's public, and it's a pretty good district. I took AP Euro last year, and 5 AP classes this year. I'm planning to take another 5 my senior year. I know I'm not pushing it by taking six, but I'm going to try to apply for jobs and take work experience because my family needs the money. And, I'm thinking an extra AP class senior year won't make too much of a difference. (Or at least, I hope so.) Last year, I slacked off a lot and ended up with 2 B's but I'm definitely going to get back on track and I'm planning on getting straight A's to raise: My unweighted GPA to a 3.71 My weighted GPA to a 4.29 & My cap weighted GPA to 4.04 My SAT score should be around 710-30 Math, 740-750 Verbal, 650-670 Writing. I haven't taken it yet, but that's what my practice tests have indicated. I play the piano, and I'm testing into level 8 this year. I volunteer at an animal shelter, am an active participant in Key club (although I'm not an officer in anything), CSF, and prom/class committee. I've secured an intership at a lawyer's firm for next summer and I plan to volunteer at my brother's group. (It's a group that helps mentally disabled children, but mostly I'd be working with my brother during therapy lessons or at events the group hosts.) Anyway, back to the point, I'm looking for a really good college that will challenge me. However, I know not to reach too high and be realistic. I was thinking UC Berkley or UCLA as dream schools. UC schools would be an ideal choice because it's much cheaper with in-state tuition. I was thinking maybe I could apply to Boston College, NYU, or Cornell? All I really know are well known schools. I know other schools can offer a great education, I just don't know of them. Can someone help comprise a short list of schools to help me along? Dream schools, possible schools (fair chance of being accepted), and back up schools? I don't have a preference as to area or size, my main focus is education and somewhere that's well known enough that it would sound good when I'm searching for a job. I have yet to decide a major, but law's really interesting to me, so that may be a possible major. I know this was long, but thank you to anyone who reads it and helps! :)

Asked By: Sparklegirlbluelove - 8/21/2012
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Since it seems that law interests you I think you should look into which schools (country wide) are (first) attached to law schools and (second) are the most well thought of in that area. It could start as easily as a google search or a question or two at More
Answered By: Nonnie22 - 8/21/2012
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These people will be able to tell you..and yu may be able to get a scholarship too.
Answered By: Martin - 8/21/2012
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