I'm having quite the serious internal debate about this. My current school is UCSB, well-known (domestically and internationally) as a party school, as well as a top-tier research university. I feel content here, but I still have the yearning to try and aim higher in regards to what college I will graduate from in the end.
Previously, I've been accepted at NYU Poly/School of Engineering, Cal Poly, West Point, but denied from MIT, the Ivies, and some other top top top top reaches. I couldn't afford NYU, West Point didn't appeal to me (I'm currently a USMC reservist, trying to go to a school that has a NROTC program), and Cal Poly didn't seem terribly great to me either.
Sure, there's smart people are me, but the majority of students here care more about "dude, what kind of jungle juice was that LOLOLOL", or "where you headed tonight? I need to finish the paper, but I'm down to get effing wasted tonight". So, any comments, thoughts, suggestions?