Ok, so here's the deal. I am a high school senior with above average attributes but nothing atypical for this website.
Scores: (2260 SAT w/ 800 Math, 33 ACT, 4.0 UW GPA, Class Rank 1 of about 200)
EC's: (Local United Way Board Member, Cross Country Team Captain, School Newspaper Editor-in-Chief)
Essay and Recommendations: (Should be pretty good.)
Financial Status: (Income likely falls between 120k and 140k. I am second of five kids.)
Early in my college search, I, for the most part, only gave serious thought to schools close to home. Right now I am thinking primarily about South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and University of Minnesota Twin Cities.
I have a couple friends who are applying to some very selective schools, such as Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, Yale, UC Berkeley, Penn, etc. As it comes down to crunch time, I am wondering if I should invest some serious consideration in these schools, which would essentially involve starting the application process at square one and possibly cramming in a couple last-minute SAT subject tests.
So here is my question: How does the quality of an engineering education at say, Stanford or Yale, match up with an engineering education at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology or University of Minnesota Twin Cities? Let me know your thoughts. Do you believe that those highly selective schools are worth the high price and transportation?