I, and a lot of other people my age, are currently facing a pretty big life decision -- where to go to college. Since this is probably going to have a pretty big impact on my life, I'd like to get some more information on this.
Seeing as a lot of people here have probably made this choice already, gone through with some of the consequences of it, and are rational, I decided to ask here.
My current considerations are:
- Academic rigor
- Money (i.e. if a school gives me a full ride, should I go there rather than plunk down $250k over 4 years)
- Ability to do undergrad research
- Likelihood to meet cool people
- Novelty (this one's a lot weaker though)
- Accepted to MIT, University of Southern California, University of Maryland, Swarthmore, Harvey Mudd, Harvard, and CMU
- Getting some form of scholarships at USC and UMD, amount TBD
- Not likely to receive that much need-based financial aid
- Probably going to start in Engineering, might double major with Comp Sci, Statistics, or maybe Math. If I go to CMU, probably Engineering and Public Policy
- I also like and am competent in Economics, History, and English (though, definitely not getting a degree in the last 2)
- Maryland is my home state, and I would know a lot of people at UMD