I am having a very hard time deciding between UNC, UCLA, and Emory. I do not receive any financial aid and each of them cost:
UNC Chapel Hill- $50,634
UNC Chapel Hill is the least costly and sends me the most emails out of interest. It also has beautiful weather and seems to be a very thriving and great community, but I am not sure if UNC can match the academic opportunities available at Emory and UCLA. Emory is a private school that has amazing dorms and really great personalized attention for each student, but doesn’t match the beautiful campus of the other two and seems a lot more intensely focused on studying. UCLA has stunning weather and one of the best dining systems of all US colleges but since it is a state school the class sizes will be extremely large and it will be very hard to build a strong relationship with a professor. Cost will not play a huge role in this decision, but I will consider it. There is also a high possibility of attending graduate school, so I would like to find a school that helps me the most with that and provides me with the best career opportunities when I finish college. With all of this in mind, here is a bit about myself:
I am an asian male from New York who currently goes to a prestigious high school with lots of academic rigor. The school is about 1,200 people (300 per grade) and I have no trouble making friends as an extrovert. I have taken 11 AP classes throughout my high school career; however, I have struggled quite a bit with non STEM based subjects like history and english. I am always super engage with my teacher and have become quite good friends with them, which has played a vital role to thriving at my school. My intended major is chemistry, but can change at any time since I am very interested in the STEM subjects and would like to explore more in college and maybe even consider a law/premed track. I will be definitely doing a minor in music. Outside of the classroom, I am on the varsity badminton and tennis team. I am also the leader of the school acapella group and part of the school opera. I have done science research for the past four years, and worked in biology laboratory with cells so I might be looking to pursue greater research opportunities. I am also very big on volunteering and have worked in various hospitals and am a part of a non-profit charity group. On my free time, I like to play volleyball with my friends (a growing interest) and spend time hanging out with friends. I also like to occasionally pick up a book or two on my kindle. At college, I am really hoping to continue my sports and musical interests along with keeping in line with my academic rigor. I am very social and enjoy spending time with a close group of friends, but I do not like parties. I am also a huge foodie and enjoy eating a variety of unique foods. I do not mind the location of the college, and am willing to travel long distances.
I really enjoy the different aspects of all these colleges and hope to find the perfect match soon. As someone fairly new to this process, I would like some guidance on making this decision.