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Got in, but is it worth the 40k for a second-tier education?
1930 SAT (690 math, 670 writing, 570 english)
2.9 cumulative gpa (2.9, 2.2, 3.6 - 1 ap, 2.9 - 3 ap's)
international experience (living in unstable conditions and moving affected my gpa, which i included in my essay), impressive work credentials
Don't get me wrong, I visited and I loved it. Absolutely gorgeous and in the heart of Boston so I definitely see myself being happy there, but the problem is my dad is financially tight. I am a VA resident and I got rejected from Virginia Tech, which my dad wanted me to go to, and consequently, I am deciding upon whether or not I should go to Northeastern and pay the 40k (haven't heard from financial aid yet, but I doubt they'll offer much), or go to George Mason University, a local public school for the same quality of education but at a much lower tuition rate.
I don't understand why Northeastern's admissions standards seem more competitive than Virginia Tech and comparable to that of NYU, but have such a poor academic reputation. What is the academic quality of Northeastern really like? Is it easy/hard to transfer from Northeastern to neighboring schools like MIT/Harvard? Do most go on to reputable graduate schools in the Boston area like MIT and Harvard as I've heard, and is the academic quality of Northeastern really underrated or is this all bias crap I'm hearing?
I want to go to Northeastern, but I couldn't imagine going at the expense of my parents' financial sacrifice. I would feel too guilty having the time of my life while my parents are busy working, trying to pay off my tuition.
I'm still waiting to hear from James Madison, Lehigh (doubt I'll get in), U Washington (out of state, won't get in), and Kettering. My dad is pushing me to go to James Madison. What do you all suggest? I can't really do anything considering that he's paying for my tuition, on top of the fact that my father is the most short-tempered, stubborn person in the world. What must I do?