I got accepted but have not taken a look at the campus just yet. I really like the pictures and location from the info I have seen so far and would not mind going there because it seems like a good school.
Now, US News rated USD at position 101 nationally. Other schools I was considering were UCI/UCSB which have a national ranking of 44. My concern is that I'm going to be paying twice as much per year 50k vs 25k for a mediocre education. The vibe I get from people when I mention USD isn't as great as the mid-level UC's. Would my chances decrease (or increase cause it's private???) for getting into a good grad school because USD lacks the prestige of other schools?
So my question is why did you choose USD or even consider USD?? Any and all reasoning vs UCD/UCSB/UCI would be greatly appreciated. I just need to be reasurred that this investment is going to be a good one