@MACmiracle - I'm not sure what "strong kids" is defined as. I would agree that certain majors are more competitive (i.e. Engineering). Personally when I talk about safety I'm speaking about financial affordability as much as getting accepted.
@misturcliff College is really what YOU make of it. As a TCNJ alum, I can tell you those were some really great years.
We used to hop the West Trenton train to Philly, we'd drive in to Princeton, go to the Market Fair, take advantage of school sponsored cheap bus trips to NYC etc. I was not of the Greek / drinking crowd, I was more of a Reading Terminal Market(Philly), Thomas Sweets chocolates(Princeton) and Movies at the MarketFair, sledding down on cafeteria trays kind of person. I'm sure there were parties and drinking. I doubt it will be at the level of a Rutgers.
Parent to two current students who both live on campus in the newer dorms, which are further away than the older dorms from the academic buildings. My daughter lives in the current furthest dorm from the newest academic building (Business) where most of her classes are. She walks to class and it takes her 15 or so minutes. My foster son rides his bike from a similar area, and it takes him about 5 minutes. The campus is no where close to Rutgers size, the class sizes are also much smaller. That may be good or bad, depending upon your perspective. (my kids both love it)
Excellent advice above!! One of the best responses I've read on CC, good job @magtf1
I would look not just at the scholarship money offered but the TOTAL cost of each school over 4 (or more) years.
I would have a spreadsheet and show them the cost of x amount of loan vs y amount of loan in a monthly payment. If your senior doesn't have money savy and a budget, now is is the time to get it. :)
Help them understand flexibility after graduation is gone if you have a fat monthly loan payment to make. Do they want to HAVE TO live at home after college? Big difference in CHOOSE to vs HAVE to.
Rowan is on spring break next week, so do not visit then.
I would also see about meeting with some students - honors science - someone at your child's level would be great.
Best of luck, Rowan is an excellent choice.
BTW - easy access to Philly via bus that stops on campus. Can get right into Reading Terminal Market....yummm!