||I would have liked improvement, but my SAT score was pretty high, so I'm happy with it.
||UF admissions are "a crapshoot," but I'm hoping for the best.
||Both tend more towards ethics than psychology, but the two go hand in hand.
University of Pittsburgh has a pretty generous merit aid program too, along with the University of Miami.
||Your stats aren't horrible, and you've still got a pretty good shot at both schools.
||USC has a good merit scholarship; half-tuition is given to Natl Merit Finalists.
||So you won't be alone!
You never specified exactly where you live on the East Coast, but I'd definitely recommend applying to one or two in-state public schools as a backup, in general.
||I guess I should just fill out the Natl Merit application as you said - it's up to them to determine if I'm a good fit or not.
||I'm not very experienced with essay writing , but that sounds like a good essay topic.
||Note that I did take 4 years of physics in high school, and did pretty well.
||Admissions officers would be happier reading that, and you'd be happier writing about that.