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Is USC worth the full cost?

calipalmtreescalipalmtrees 5 replies3 threadsRegistered User New Member
I was recently admitted to USC Marshall School of Business, but did not receive any financial aid and only received a tiny merit scholarship. I would be able to pay for it, but it is definitely very expensive. However, I also have offers from my local state school with admission into the honors program (which would be really cheap with in-state tuition) and UCLA and UC Berkeley (which are about 10k cheaper than USC).

Although I have always loved USC and can really see myself going there, I was wondering if it is worth the extra 50k compared to my state public school, which is also pretty good for business.

Any insight or advice on where I should go would be much appreciated! Additionally, does anyone know if I'd be able to potentially lower the cost of attendance as a student there, such as through new merit scholarships or on-campus jobs? How well do these pay, and how accessible are they?
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  • cjpskicjpski 103 replies10 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @calipalmtrees
    Which is your state public?
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  • calipalmtreescalipalmtrees 5 replies3 threadsRegistered User New Member
    @cjpski University of Washington, the Seattle campus.
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  • ProfessorPlum168ProfessorPlum168 4077 replies87 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Haas for UCB I might consider but even there, the price difference is a lot.
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  • simba9simba9 3263 replies20 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I would go to Washington.
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  • vistajayvistajay 1464 replies27 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    No college is worth the sticker price.
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  • simba9simba9 3263 replies20 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Public colleges may be worth the sticker price. I would have a hard time convincing myself that Marshall was worth the full sticker price.
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  • menloparkmommenloparkmom 12466 replies540 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    go to W. this is a no brainer [ and I am the mom of a USC alum, but he did have a full tuition scholarship]
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  • f2000saf2000sa 1090 replies59 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    The full cost is almost nothing to many families, and insurmountable to others. It really depends.
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  • pdxtigermompdxtigermom 267 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    My son has both acceptances from UDub and USC. Currently the remaining tuition after scholarships for USC is less than $20,000 (he’s a NMF and a music major) and we’re OOS for UDub. My son has Direct Admit to Computer Science at UDub and he’s also accepted to School of Music as a Violin Performance major. The remaining tuition after scholarships at UW will be a little bit more than USC But he’s going to UDub for sure.
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  • USCAlum05USCAlum05 338 replies4 threadsRegistered User Member
    Some good advice on here. My immediate thought is that if I were an HR person evaluating a resume from a kid from USC and a kid from UDub, I would give a slight - but not much - advantage to the USC kid. That said, I make a point of NOT holding it against ANYONE nowadays for either going to their state flagship or for starting in community college. College costs are just insanely out of control nowadays and keep in mind that employers know that (a lot of the mid level executives who would do the second round screenings probably have kids and want to know your experiences in evaluating schools) so you are NOT alone in your decision.

    The piece of advice I'd offer here is to ask if you know what it is that you want to do and where you want to go yet, because that should help guide where you want to go to college and why. UDub is an excellent school but most people outside the PNW don't know that, whereas USC has a much bigger reach around the Pacific Rim. If you are planning to stay in the PNW, then UDub and an honors program would be an easy choice. If you are looking more broadly, then USC may be the better choice. But if you have younger siblings to think about, that's also an issue. Warren Buffett's big thing in making college decisions nowadays is not to confuse *cost* with *value* as they're not the same. The college market is global nowadays which is why colleges are basically charging whatever they want, and they don't care if they price the American middle class out. The crackdown is happening but it'll take a while, and the online learning revolution is thankfully also going to blow up this overpriced, outdated model.

    The one other thing I'd add is that if you do choose to go the UDub route that you should *definitely* study abroad if at all possible. The diversity of the student body at USC was one of the best, most unexpected benefits for me in going to school there. But you can have a similar experience if you do a year or semester abroad to get you out of your comfort zone and see a different part of the world. You might also see if you could get a big merit scholarship to go to a school like Puget Sound or Wazzu (read: virtually free), then do a study abroad, and then get an MBA from a big fancy school. After that, you could go anywhere.

    Good luck!
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  • oside2019oside2019 3 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    edited April 8
    @USCAlum05 your opinion is really valuable to me. My daughter is down to two schools. USC and UW. I’ll be sharing your post with her. Thanks!
    edited April 8
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  • UWfromCAUWfromCA 1303 replies50 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited April 8
    All US students would benefit from studying abroad, even if they attend a school with a large number of international students, such as UW, with 16.4%, or USC, with 13%. These schools also enroll similarly diverse classes:

    UW (USC) 2018 Freshman Class

    White
    36.1% (36%)
    Asian / Asian American
    32.3% (22%)
    Latinx / Hispanic
    8.2% (16%)
    International
    16.4% (13%)
    Multiple Ethnicities
    NR (7%)
    Black / African American
    3.6% (5%)
    Native American or Pacific Islander
    2.1% (<1%)
    Other/Not indicated
    1.3% (NR)

    Of course, as a public university, Washington has a higher percentage of instate students (62% vs. 41%).

    Both are excellent across many disciplines (and have been for many decades) and have very good academic reputations:

    https://publicuniversityhonors.com/rankings-academic-departments-private-elites-vs-publics/

    http://www.stat.tamu.edu/~jnewton/nrc_rankings/nrc1.html#TOP60

    https://publicuniversityhonors.com/2018/09/25/academic-reputation-rankings-for-155-national-universities-and-what-that-means-for-honors/
    edited April 8
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  • UCBUSCalumUCBUSCalum 1057 replies4 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Strongly consider UW since you are in WA state and tuition is low for you. If you decide on a business major, UW’s Foster School of Bus. is highly regarded and many good firms recruit there. S, is out of state, just graduated from Foster, and is working for a Big 4 firm. He had previous summer internships with the Big 4 firm, Amazon and others. We paid out of state tuition, but still about 20 to 25K per year less expensive than USC. In addition to business, UW also has other excellent programs such as engineering, computer science, etc.
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  • calipalmtreescalipalmtrees 5 replies3 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Thank you all for the advice, this has been very helpful.
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  • calipalmtreescalipalmtrees 5 replies3 threadsRegistered User New Member
    @USCAlum05 if possible, could you please private message me? I have a follow up question but can't PM anyone yet since I just recently made this account.
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  • USCAlum05USCAlum05 338 replies4 threadsRegistered User Member
    BTW I didn't mean to inadvertently throw shade on UDub. It's a solid school and some departments are fantastic, but it's always been off my radar. I've worked with a few people in L.A. who went to school there and I have a friend currently sending a kid there and they all speak highly of it. Just off my radar.
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  • HImomHImom 34332 replies391 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    My kids both graduated from USC (but not business--engineering & cinema). I'd seriously look at UDub if I were you. Your folks can use some of the funds they would have spent on USC to help you start your business or you can use those funds to get your MBA or other graduate degree from USC or any other U that you choose. USC is a very good school, but paying an extra $200,000 when you have a solid choice in your home state would definitely give me pause.
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