I have been accepted into UC Davis as an out of state undergraduate (from Hawaii). As you know, the cost for oos is steep (47k total with the entering UG scholarship). UC Davis is the best school I got into as far as rankings, prestige, and it seems like a good fit for me. My major is undeclared, but i'm leaning towards the sciences/engineering, which Davis is highly ranked in. The other school I'm considering is the University of Portland, which would only cost around 24k. They also have the majors of studies I want to pursue but isn't a highly recognized national institution like Davis.
I'm torn between these two schools. Both schools would provide a great education and experience. Davis would be the greater of the two but is it worth the jump when it comes down to prestige and cost.
My parents can pay for both schools (taking out huge loans for Davis, paying back over next 10+ years) but a 200k investment vs a 100k investment is definitely something I'm taking into consideration (middle class is tough). My parents are giving the final decision to me. I feel like both schools are great; U of Portland is great, but UC Davis is better but costs twice as much.
Where you go to college will probably set you up for the rest of your life. Which school would be more reasonable and the better value when it comes down to cost, opportunities, and quality of education?