In order to have schools to work with, my suggestion is to first sign onto Collegeview.com, respond to the questions and generate for yourself, a listing of colleges that match your interests. Once you have "the list", place it on your left side and write on the bottom your GPA and test scores, then place a chart on your right side much like the one below:
School Name GPA SAT ACT
Next, sign onto either or Collegedata.com or Naviance (if your school uses Naviance). Collegedata and Naviance, will give you the average GPA and test scores, of those students that have been accepted into a particular college have been. So, list of schools on your left, chart on your right pen in hand. Sign onto for example, Collegedata.com and type in Rutgers University which will result in a chart coming up on your screen like the one below: (click on the link below to view chart - also, in order to use the Collegedata website, you will need to sign up but it is free - I would suggest that the parent register so that all can participate in the search)
Once you have a chart on your screen, you will be able to determine if a school on your list, belongs in the safety, 50/50 or reach column. After you research each school on your list through Collegedata or, Naviance, you can sit back and review your chart seeing where you have the best chances of being accepted are.
For myself, when using collegeview.com, the most important thing is to keep the answers as honest as possible thereby, generating a true list of possible colleges for you.