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Princeton vs. Rutgers Honors College full ride

mufasa1mufasa1 Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
edited April 2017 in Princeton University
Hi everyone,

I hope you're all doing well. I have been accepted to Princeton University, and I have also been accepted to the Rutgers University Honors College. These are my top two choices for college.

I would have to pay for the full cost of attendance to Princeton ($63k per year), which my parents can afford. I have received a Presidential scholarship to Rutgers, which would bring the cost of Rutgers to around $8000 per year. The cost figures are from each college's respective websites.

I plan to major in Computer Science.

In your opinion, would the cost of attending Princeton be worth it over attending the flagship state school? A brief explanation of your answer would be much appreciated. Some things I'm considering are benefits to my future career (getting good jobs, return on investment, etc.), the overall student experience, and quality of professors. Of course, please mention any factors not mentioned above that would also be significant in making this decision.

Thanks so much for your help!
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Replies to: Princeton vs. Rutgers Honors College full ride

  • college61728college61728 Registered User Posts: 114 Junior Member
    Definitely Princeton
  • nova17nova17 Registered User Posts: 43 Junior Member
    Congrats! If your parents can afford Princeton it is definitely an amazing choice.
  • mufasa1mufasa1 Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    @college61728 @nova17 Can you please briefly explain your answers? Thanks
  • TiggerDadTiggerDad Registered User Posts: 1,549 Senior Member
    Since your parents can afford, meaning money is not much of a concern, think of it this way: you're buying all that Princeton is well known to provide you with AND buying LEGACY for your own children. ;)
  • sherpasherpa Registered User Posts: 4,633 Senior Member
    edited April 2017
    I'm assuming you don't qualify for financial aid at Princeton which implies that your parents have significant financial resources. When my son attended Princeton we assumed we'd be full pay and didn't even apply for FA his freshman year. The following years we did apply and were treated surprisingly well.

    If we had received zero financial aid I wouldn't have regretted fully funding all four years of his education. He turned down the option of attending our state flagship honors college on a full ride. No regrets.

    I could give you scores of reasons he's glad he chose Princeton, but suffice it to say his first job was with a company that only recruited at a handful of schools.
  • DolemiteDolemite Registered User Posts: 1,984 Senior Member
    Personally if your plan is to get a job and start a career in CS as soon as you finish I don't think the choice is so cut and dry. I think a Princeton-caliber student that attends Rutgers and works just as hard will find about the same opportunities in CS as a Princeton grad. If the choice was Rutgers and MIT/CMU/Stanford/UCB I think the choice would lean toward the 'elite' school.

    Now if your interest lies beyond CS only and you'd like to explore higher levels of Math or go to grad school in CS and are more into CS theory then Princeton will probably better prepare you for that.
  • trexation72trexation72 Registered User Posts: 46 Junior Member
    average salary princeton compsci majors- 78k
    average salary rutgers compsci majors- 115k
    so u make the choice
  • brantlybrantly Registered User Posts: 3,357 Senior Member
    Princeton. What if you change your mind about your major? Also, you may find opportunities at Princeton to enhance your CS education. Not to mention, the intellectual environment will be more at your level. And for the rest of you life you will have a degree from Princeton.
  • Ohiodad51Ohiodad51 Forum Champion Athletic Recruits Posts: 2,421 Forum Champion
    What @sherpa said. My son had opportunities to go elsewhere for free and while he is not done yet, I haven't regretted a dime spent on Princeton. The opportunities afforded there are truly world class.

    I would also echo the comments about financial aid. Princeton is embarrasingly generous, and I would not automatically assume that you will be full pay without even running it past the FA office.
  • DolemiteDolemite Registered User Posts: 1,984 Senior Member
    Again if you plan on getting a job right after graduation coding/developing then I say Rutgers is a better choice if you care to save $220,000. Microsoft, Amazon, Google, etc won't care that you went to either if that's the kind of position you want. If you are looking to do something more cutting edge/theoretical then going to Princeton Grad school wouldn't be a bad idea. Maybe you could split the difference with your parents and get a new car and down payment on a place to live when you graduate with $110,000.

    But if your parents are sufficiently wealthy and $220,000 is a drop in the bucket then by all means go to Princeton and enjoy the benefits of arguably the best undergraduate education in the world.
  • brantlybrantly Registered User Posts: 3,357 Senior Member
    It also matters WHY you think you are going to college. If your idea is that college is purely for job training/preparation, then you should go to Rutgers.
  • planner03planner03 Registered User Posts: 1,357 Senior Member
    @brantly That is such an important distinction.
  • BrunoBear1964BrunoBear1964 Registered User Posts: 145 Junior Member
    edited April 2017
    I think the drop from the number one school in the nation to the number 70 school in the nation is significant. Princeton is also top 10 in computer science, whereas Rutgers is around 30. I'm sure any job you'll get after graduation will make up for the extra money spent in no time!
  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 38,618 Senior Member
    The opportunities and learning environment (comfort, red tape) will be very, very different.
  • mufasa1mufasa1 Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    @brantly @planner03 In your opinion, what kinds of things would a student be looking for in a college that would cause him/her to go to Princeton"
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