Pros & cons of being a biology major at one of the higher rated LACs? These schools were not on our radar at all until receiving a spiffy brochure in the mail from a highly rated but very small LAC that seemed to check off a lot of things on D's list. She's a junior looking at getting a PHD or going to med school. She had only research universities on her list up until this point. Medical research is very important to her. Also, how do these schools compare price wise for a middle class family income of around $75,000?