Okay this may be a bit premature as I have not heard back from most of my schools, but I don't want to have to rush my final decision. I will have all of my admission decisions by April 1st, but there is no way I will be able to decide where I want to go in just a month. I have been accepted to my favorite school, Indiana University, but bc I'm OOS, I will most likely have a great deal of loans. So I want my final decision to be deciding if IU is worth it compared to my 2nd choice. I also love UMiami (My other #1 - it's tied with Indiana), but I don't plan on getting in, so I'm not going to consider it until I hear back from them in late January. So basically I'm trying to narrow down the similar schools on my list so when that last month comes, I can choose the best place for me. And Pepperdine, LMU, and UPortland are as similar as they come...so hear are my pros and cons of each of them. I know I will ultimately make the final decision, but hopefully you parents can push me in the right direction. So which school do you think is the best fit for me?
Pepperdine University: Admission Pending - Have Visited The Campus
Academics (Top 50 School, Strong Bus/Comm Programs, Great Advising, Study Abroad). Atmosphere (Strong Community Feel, Laid-Back And Friendly Vibe). Campus (Pristine Grounds And Facilities, Stunning Views, Amazing Dorms). Student Body (Very Friendly, Laid-Back, Spirited, Happy).
NEGATIVES (Dull Campus/Social Life, Too Secluded, Not Many Food Options)
Loyola Marymount University: Deferred To RD - Have Visited The Campus
Dining (Late-Night Options, Dorm Room Delivery, Jamba Juice). Location (Close Proximity To Hollywood, The Beach, And UCLA/USC). Majors (Business With An Emphasis In Entertainment & Sports Marketing). Social Life (LA Nightlife, Strong Greek Scene, Lax Alcohol Policies)
NEGATIVES (Campus Empties Out On Weekends, No Apparent School Pride)
University of Portland: Accepted - Have Not Visited The Campus
Athletics (Amazing D1 Soccer, Proximity To Oregon State Football, Strong Intramural Sports Scene). Cost (I Received A $40,000 Scholarship, Most Affordable Tuition, Lowest Cost-Of-Living). Experience (New City, New State, New Climate, New Experiences). Opportunity (Connections With Nike/Adidas, Less Career Competition-no competing with the likes of UCLA/USC, More Flexibility With My Aspirations).
NEGATIVES (I Prefer Pepperdine/LMU‘s Campus And Location, Only Applied Because Of The Free Application, And I Don‘t Know If I Could Get Excited About Attending UP...but who knows?)