My child (TX resident)will start college fall 2015 and , as title describes, we are thinking on WP Carey as one strong option. The plan is a double major in Marketing and Econ. Both WP Carey (ASU) and Eller (UofA) offered full tuition + fees scholarship and admissions to respective honors college due to NHS status. TX A&M (Mays) offered so far half tuition but no business honors and we are still waiting for McCombs answer, where most likely no scholarship and no business honors will be offered and the chances for regular McCombs admission are 50-50 in my opinion. So far the TX schools are less attractive from an economic perspective, and ranking wise (US News) with the exception of McCombs, the other 3 are very similar.
We will visit ASU this month before pulling the trigger on final decision. We went already to the other 3 schools. I will appreciate if students or parents with experience on similar situation can help on the following questions:
1. WP Carey leader academy: ASU describes it as a select group of students with smaller classes and few benefits. Is recruitment/ job placement stronger for this group? Or in practice is the same as regular WP Careys students? If my kid doesn’t go to Barrett, he/she should live in Hassayampa Academic Village, I heard this is one of the party places at ASU and I am not quite happy about it. Any thoughts on this? Also If my child doesn’t go to Barrett and focus only on the two majors, is there any real disadvantage from a job placement perspective?
2. Barrett. There is so much bad publicity these days due to the scandals b/w profs and students there. I also think for a double major, plus honors classes could be very tough to squeeze them in four years (scholarship duration). Besides the Human Event during 1st year, are there any more classes out of focus from Marketing and Econ on Barrett? Please comment on these aspects.
3. ASU reputation as party school: I am also concerned that this will be a drawback after graduation for job hunt, especially back in Texas. What is your experience about it?
4. All other comments suggestions are extremely appreciated.