I've been accepted to all 3 schools recently (Cornell was a likely letter) for CS. I'm having a very hard time choosing and would like some help.
I'm an in state Georgia student, but since Cornell and UChicago provides pretty good aid for my family's income, I don't think finance would differ much between the 3 of these schools.
As for myself, I was the type to get by in highschool-- barely scraping by As. I don't like to study constantly, but I also think it's effected by the area that I'm interested in. (And I need lots of study buddies or else I start watching Youtube). I'm a very laid back person and am not considering grad school at the moment. I want to go straight into corporate.
The thing is, based on weather, location, I genuinely do not care. I've lived in rural, urban, suburbs landscapes, in super cold areas and hot (Georgia) weather. I'm easily adaptable to the weather. I love the rural landscape (I'm definitely a nature person) but since I also lived in Atlanta for a long time, I'm also perfectly comfortable with the city. It's busy and there's always something to do and I love it. I love to explore.
I love having a strong, tightknit support group as well as be there for the group. I really want collaboration and a pretty social school, but not in terms of drinking/partying. But I think this can apply anywhere despite the school's "stereotype" since it depends on how I approach it.
I just don't know how to choose. The only thing I can think of is opportunities: hackathons, competitions, a non-cutthroat environment, more "chill". I definitely want more club time than study time-- I think that's where I learn the most. It seems like Uchicago would be an immediate turnoff-- it was, but 1) namebrand (sorry) and 2) I think I might like the quarter system? Dunno for sure though.
Anyway, any suggestions? I am going to visit the campus for all of them... but honestly, after visit a lot of campuses I feel like they are all pretty and I like all of them. I don't really bank on it a campus visit changing much. Unless you have suggestions on getting a better campus tour!