Hey guys, I need help deciding between the three colleges. I got into all three for mechanical engineering and each have their own pros and cons.
Penn State: I want to go there because I feel like I will be comfortable there. It feels like its a relaxed atmosphere and theres a lot of school pride (WE ARE). Also, a lot of my close friends are going there. With the largest alumni network in the country, I feel like I wont have a problem getting a job. Penn State is ranked the highest in engineering between the three. But the scandal may affect the university in a negative way in the future and also that fact that its a public school makes me think that I might not have too many opportunities. Penn State will cost around 20,000 per year.
Lehigh: This is where I want to go to pursue my dreams (Imagineer at Disney) because many of their students work and intern at disney. Also the campus is absolutely gorgeous. There is a sense of prestige in the name Lehigh apparently which would be a benefit. Their alumni network isnt nearly as big as Penn State's but they are extremely powerful and influential. But they refuse to hand out any financial aid information until mid to late April which is ridiculous and that makes me mad and not want to go there. The kids there are apparently all rich white kids who just want to party all day. So diversity is a negative.
Villanova: This school will the cheapest of the three, unless Lehigh gives me basically full tuition. Villanova will only cost 9,000 per year. Villanova's kids are similar to Lehigh (rich white kids, Vanillanova) which is also a negative. Their engineering program doesnt really have big research opportunities because they are only a regional school. Villanova is in Philly which could a plus because of its connections but I hate Philly and cities in general. I'm Presbyterian so Villanova's Catholic influence in not a plus or a minus.
Thanks ahead to anyone who helps me and answers my question.