I am currently deciding between the University of Notre Dame (Mendoza School of Business), Vanderbilt (College of Arts and Sciences), and UT Austin (McCombs BHP). I am likely going to major in Finance, which I am aware Vanderbilt does not offer as an undergraduate major. However, I have always loved and excelled at Biology, which I would also like to major in.
Money is not an issue. My dad has saved a good amount of money for college since his parents didn't want him to go to college, so it has been his dream to send his kids to a top undergraduate school. However, I do have a full ride to UT Austin.
All three offer competitive academics, but it's the communities that set them apart. Some people think Notre Dame isn't as fun as other schools due to strict rules, but I have also heard that they do not affect the social scene very much. Greek life seems to dominate Vanderbilt, where 43% of undergraduates participate in Greek life, and as someone who is ambivalent on joining a frat, I am worried how that affects social life at Vandy. As a sports fan, I like that Vanderbilt is a part of the SEC conference, but it seems like student attendance at games is low. And UT Austin is one of the biggest schools in the nation, but I have heard that the groups and organizations students participate in makes the university seem smaller. I am also worried that Austin, as fun as it is, distracts students from University events and weakens overall school spirit.
One other factor is that I am biased towards Notre Dame: my family is Catholic, I have been watching Notre Dame football since I was little, my sister goes there, etc. If any of y'all could give a third person perspective or any advise on all of this, it'd be greatly appreciated.