Couple of thoughts. Sounds like you have ruled out going to Penn State? Top 20 in aerospace/aeronautical pubs/citations. Aerospace engineering major. I know some great aerospace engineers that have come from Penn State.
But more importantly, and I expect I'll probably get some comments for saying this, but having an aerospace engineering major is just not required or even necessarily desirable to work in the aerospace industry in general. Many typical aerospace engineering major courses tend to focus on a fairly narrow set of skills that apply to fairly narrowly defined groups within aerospace engineering organizations. There are far more electrical, mechanical, materials, and even civil engineers working in the aerospace industry.
If you want to go to a "better" school, and want to work in aerospace, you can confidently choose one of these engineering majors.
Its more important for you to understand what aspects of aerospace interests you and what engineering majors are "required" for these areas or subsystems. http://academic.research.microsoft.c...inid=1&last=10