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I was admitted as a Regents Scholar to all three of the above schools, which includes automatic admission into their individual honors program. UCI gives $2,500/year, UCD gives $7,500/year, and UCSB gives $6,000 a year. I was also admitted to UCSD and UCLA, but with no benefits or scholarship money.
Rank-wise and academically, I don't think there are substantial differences between these three schools.
I am not yet sure what I will major in.
A part of me wants to accept Davis's great scholarship offer, but I live in San Diego, so I'm worried that I won't be able to see my family as often. Davis is one of the safest college campuses in the country, however I'm not a fan of rural places. If I were to choose a school solely on its location, I'd pick UCLA. Davis has a lot of school spirit though.
Another part of me wants to take UCSB's offer, but I'm not so fond of the party school reputation. The students at UCSB are really nice and laid-back though, so that's a plus.
UCI's location is pretty ideal, an hour and a half away from home. I could come back to San Diego practically any weekend I wanted. $2,500 a year is not much though, considering my parents' income is not high enough to pay for college, but is not low enough to qualify us for good amounts of financial aid.
Thanks in advance for all the input! I know it will help others in my situation too.