I am very torn on which school to choose. Obviously auburn is higher ranked by design intelligence over penn state. I also got waitlisted at Virginia tech and I accepted to waitlist but is it even worth it? I have toured both schools and loved both. Penn state gave me pretty good financial aid, a scholarship, and I might be able to qualify for instate tuition. It’s also only 3.5 hours away from home. On the other hand I really like how at auburn I can also get a degree in interior architecture and I can participate in urban and rural studio and do an exchange program for my thesis. I didn’t get any merit scholarships from them and I still have to hear back about financial aid but since I’m out of state I doubt it will be any good. It’s also about a 13 hour drive from where I live. I did a little more digging into the design intelligence rankings and found that while auburn ranks really high in some categories they are 15th for job placement after graduation. However, penn state ranks 3rd in this category. I’ve been told that penn staters are everywhere and because of that I am practically guaranteed a job upon graduation. I think that Penn state would be the smarter choice for me but at the same time I don’t want to miss out on Auburn’s prestigious program or just hope that I get off Virginia Tech’s waitlist.