My daughter will be a junior in hs in the fall. She is an intelligent girl with varying interests, not nearly decided on a career/course of study except possibly law after undergrad, has good grades,scores, is taking honors classes and AP's etc. After reading about Brown I have a feeling that it could be a good fit for her. HOWEVER, we are caught in that in between zone financially where we probably won't get ANY aid but are nowhere near wealthy enough to pay full freight for a bachelor's degree. (Since she may want to go on to grad/professional school) I don't want her to go into debt,etc. We live a frugal lifestyle and do not live in an appreciated real estate market AT ALL---so no high equity to draw off of ever or count on, and my husband and I are saving carefully for retirement and hope to retire sort of "early", we have saved for college also, just not $200,000 per child! Anyway, I don't want to get into a debate about whether or not it's worth (or even possible) spending almost $200,000 on an undergrad degree. I've thought about that long and hard and from all angles.(and will continue to think that through)
What I really want to know is more about the schools that are down a bit on the ratings scales that give merit aid. I have read about those extensively also but don't hear much about Providence College. She attends a Catholic HS even though she is not Catholic---so she is used to and OK with that aspect. I'm wondering if anyone has any knowledge/perceptions of PC students, the college itself, academics, honors program.etc etc. I'd like to hear the perceptions from Brown students or people associated with Brown since it's in the same city.
We will be taking a trip during this school year to look at Northeastern, BU,(Harvard ?), Fordham, Villanova and maybe PC and Brown also. She will also look at Pitt and American. Not sure of others...maybe Loyola in MD and Loyola Chicago.