I've been lurking for about a year on this site but never posted, but figured I'd go with the wisdom of the crowds here:
Son is a top student, National Merit Finalist, captain of a sport - although not good enough for D1...maybe could walk-on D3 although he's fine doing a club sport to stay with it. Focus is academics with him and he's interested in majoring in Comp Sci and possibly doubling up with Bio in the hopes of either grad school or med school.
Choices are down to the following:
- Villanova - full merit ride with room and board included (we also live about 35 minutes from there)
- Case Western - slightly more than half-tuition merit scholarship
- Univ of Rochester - about 1/4 merit scholarship but would go up to about half if named first choice for National Merit
- Notre Dame - no merit aid offered other than some on-campus employment
- Brown - no merit aid offered
Have about half costs of each of these schools in his 529, so could fund an education at them almost fully for Case and URoch through that, but would be paying into ND and Brown to cover the rest.
He visited all but Brown and Case (but is spending two days at Case this week) and nothing has jumped out to him as a "must go to school", although he seemed more excited after coming back from ND, but that may have subsided a bit.
I've had people say to me,
- "He HAS to pick Brown because he got into an Ivy League school"
- "He HAS to pick Notre Dame because f their alumni network and the doors that will be opened."
- "He HAS to choose Nova because it's completely free"
Given that the plan...at least right now...is for undergrad to NOT be his terminal degree, but to move on to grad or med school...and looking at these choices (where Comp Sci is the primary major), what would YOU pick...understanding the financial situation (which I've told him to not completely factor into his decision making...e.g....don't pick Villanova just because it's free..pick it because you WANT to be there)?