@mags425 I hope you enjoy your visit! While the sports team situation has not changed, the overall campus has grown and changed significantly in the 4 years since your daughter graduated, and from the looks of it, will continue to do so in the coming years. He may also want to look into how to use the NJ Transit bus to Philly :) as that would open endless opportunities for pro sports :) and all kinds of stuff to do.
I agree that you need to like where you are - I think that for some schools it takes more exploration and work to find the cool stuff than at others where it falls more easily into your lap!
If you are enrolled in classes and cannot pay, you will be dropped from the classes. If you are on a payment plan and are past the drop point, you will owe the money. It is likely you will be expected to repay the debt before you are allowed to get transcripts from the school.
You should NOT enroll if you cannot see a path forward to pay 4 (or 5) years worth of the cost of attendance. You do not get a pass for free, you are expected to repay what you owe. Know this now and make good decisions.
@mom2cats Is your friend a hiring manager? Several hiring managers have posted about this on other CC forums and this is not the message I have heard.
Rowan has an excellent and growing reputation. The students are getting internships all over the place.
If you read the Financial Aid and Scholarship boards here at CC you'll hear a lot about what matters in an Engineering School, and Rowan has all of that. I honestly wouldn't worry about it.
Let the people who think the name matters graduate with $100,000 in debt from their Big Name school. Then will they be able to live on their own, with flexibility to move for a job? Long view my friend, long view. I know it is heavy pressure on a lot of kids and parents to have that Big Name on their college sweatshirt in the high school right now, but think about the 10 year class reunion ;)
I'm the practical one, so let me ask this - Drew has a COA of 66,000 per year. TCNJ is 34,000.
Is Drew twice as good as TCNJ? Not a chance.
Even at the same price, I'd still pick TCNJ, but your mileage may vary. If you can afford either, then by all means choose. I'd think it was more important to come out with less debt and make the best out of the opportunity at any school.