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Emory vs. USC

undertaker1664undertaker1664 Registered User Posts: 271 Junior Member
edited April 2011 in Emory University
USC will be 60k cheaper (My parents will thankfully pay it although it will not be easy).

Going for pre-dentistry

Emory is more prestigious and I feel I might receive a better education at Emory, but Emory does not have a dental school like USC's.

Majoring in Chemistry, maybe double major or minor in business.

I definitely liked Emory's campus more, but USC's campus was also awesome.

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Replies to: Emory vs. USC

  • emoryguy980emoryguy980 Registered User Posts: 157 Junior Member
    Thanks for your advice, I would not go to Emory if it meant more debt. Both schools are really great, but no sense racking up 60k debt undergrad, when your going to need that 60k for dentistry school.
  • AvidStudentAvidStudent Registered User Posts: 1,186 Senior Member
    The difference in quality of education (if there is a difference) is not worth extra 60k in debt. Enjoy USC!
  • bernie12bernie12 Registered User Posts: 5,393 Senior Member
    Yeah, I would say the same. Go to USC. We probably have better teaching and smaller classes (from what my friend told me), but it wouldn't be too much better (not 60k better). Even if we're a tad better, both are really good. Just choose the cheaper option in this case, especially if that 60K really matters to you. If it didn't or if they were the same price, then it would be worth debating.
  • chocolatenutzchocolatenutz Registered User Posts: 121 Junior Member
    If it's only 10k or 20k, I'd pick Emory, but 60k is not exactly a small number.
  • hsu0216hsu0216 Registered User Posts: 20 New Member
    Emory just got a huge boost in financial aid, making this probably the best time to ask for aid.
    Student aid gets $14.4M boost at Emory

    I would say that you should appeal financial aid and show them not only USC's offer, but also explain any LEGIT circumstances you may have like other siblings going through college (of course in the most polite way possible: they are essentially giving you free money)

    You of course know that there are merit and need based scholarships you can apply through your college years if you want to.

    Personally, I don't think relatively small differences in finances should keep you from the success you're looking for, but up to a certain point finances can make a very big difference. Just know the options open to you (like calling up the financial aid departments and applying for other grants.) It surprises me to this day how many people don't take advantage of going out there and looking for opportunities available.

    Don't let money stand in the way between going to a college you love. It's usually doable, and there are people willing to help you every step of the way.

    But you may love USC more than Emory. That's a discussion for another thread. :)
  • chocolatenutzchocolatenutz Registered User Posts: 121 Junior Member
    I agree with post above, try appeal. If Emory is willing to give more, come to Emory! If not, USC is not a bad choice either
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