My S is a HS junior who, like his older sisters, would ideally like to be at a medium-sized selective university. However, he is dedicated to finding a university experience with a top marching band, and our family finances have just reached the point at which our assets wouldn't qualify us for aid, but our income doesn't accommodate writing $50,000 checks.
ASU has the marching band program and has Barrett Honors College as an option - he should be competitive for Barrett. The price would also be right. But I've always seen the 50,000+ enrollment at Tempe and gagged. It strikes me as the most anonymous, most intimidating, least personal form of college that I can imagine. (I went to a university with 3,000 undergrads.)
I'd like to think that life within Barrett might be like being at a smaller institution, but I know that Barrett students take 70% of their course hours outside of BHC. Just how much is BHC like an institution of its own and just how daunting is the size of the larger campus? Does Barrett break down the apparent size of the campus socially and in terms of extracurriculars as well as in the Honors courses?