I've used my personal experience with Shreya's admissions and the WSJ ratings to come up with this list.
This goes into the list if mea culpa moments for Shreya and me. Most of the schools we were looking at actually never ever offered merit scholarships, darn what were we thinking? To put this bluntly expect to pay $300,000 out of your pocket or in loans if you are going to these schools. The list of colleges NOT offering merit scholarships include many of the most well-known in the United States.The list is an ever changing target, but here is a sample list below complied by Dr. Barbara Austin, PhD:
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US college admissions is a broken system and things only worse every year with newer scandals, optional, blind testing, SAT/CAT choices etc. The guidelines given are vague at best. The path to college is a long, tiring odyssey. It is complicated with ever changing rules and it favors the rich. Teenagers and parents stay in the dark, never quite know what the winning formula is. Yet there are parts of this puzzle that stay constant over time. IMHO, we submit that this is a mathematical problem that can be cracked with logic.
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I've always admired my mother's tenacity and zeal for life. She picked a lot of herself during her masters in English literature and Philosophy and I was witness to that change. I heard Fareed Zakaria's famous book in 2015 on the merits of a liberal arts education. With those two data points and knowing Shreya's personality, choosing a liberal arts school was a no brainer. She's a big believer in girl power and was fascinated by all-girls schools.
Wellesley was our top choice of all the all-girls schools and we toured learned about almost all of them. The access to MIT was an important part of the decision making criteria as well. The gender focus was very important to Shreya. Being in tech myself, I experience first hand how women self select themselves out of promising tech roles at work simply because they view themselves as a skewed minority in the class. Take a look at this article for more context. At Wellesley, Shreya is exposed to strong women role models and has developed a strong sense of her self. Seeing a class full of women in CS will only make it harder for her to make an excuse to drop the class or the major IMHO :-). Her personality is more liberal arts-based but not getting a CS education is a nonstarter in our house :-). Wellesley had the perfect liberal arts environment and has a strong well regarded CS program https://www.wellesley.edu/cs .
Look around you, there's literally nothing you can do without access to technology. The largest five companies in S&P 500 are technology companies, control 25% of the revenues of that powerful index. In today's digital economy, just knowing the three Rs i.e. Reading, wRiting and aRithmetic are clearly not going to get you over the hump.
My daughter Shreya recently taught a remote learning class in Python programing. For an CS class she had great success with a 100% course completion and that was attended by a global audience. She requested I join one of the sessions to talk to the needs in the field and I happily obliged.