So here's the thing... the deadline to commit to a college is tomorrow (May 1st) and I'm truly stuck between two schools: Northeastern University and Stony Brook University in NY.
Most of my family is urging me to go to Northeastern; they believe it's a better school, in particular for Computer Science, their co-op program is undefeatable, and plus, I got into the honors program. And honestly, I feel like I might like Northeastern more, too. However, due to some untimely circumstances, I have not been able to visit the school or even just Boston at all. As a result, no matter, how much research I do, I kind of feel like I don't know anything about the environment or atmosphere there. Basically, I'm wondering if there is anyone out there that could possibly provide some kind of advice or perspective that can help me decide if the school is a good "fit" for me?
The only person urging me to go to Stony Brook is my mom because she wants me to stay closer to home and because it's cheaper. I also got into Stony Brooks Honors College and their Honors program for Computer Science, which combined make it quite tempting, but the issue with it is that I still feel like I consistently hear Northeastern is better, and when I visited Stony Brook, it sorta felt like it was in the middle of nowhere, which I'm quite not a fan of. Though, I also hear that most things are actually just a 10-minute bus stop away. Nevertheless, Boston on the other hand, I assume, is quite the opposite and more what I'm looking for. But again, can anyone provide an honest description of the school and surrounding area, perhaps also including what kind of people or personalities thrive in such a place?
Side note: Northeastern is currently too expensive (meaning costs are also sorta playing a role in my decision) but my family is in the middle of appealing the financial aid package due to a drastic change in income, which we do expect to improve it a decent amount, but ultimately it will still be more expensive than Stony Brook, but probably not so that it's still impossible to pay for.