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Admitted but not going

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  • CoolRunningCoolRunning Registered User Posts: 329 Member
    MidestPop: same "problem" here with DD. Stanford, Yale, Princeton, etc.....

    Nobody expected all of them to say yes. They are all so different! How is a kid to choose, rather than guess?
  • just20706just20706 Registered User Posts: 98 Junior Member
    As far as why I'm considering USC over Stanford, it's not the money. If I chose stanford my family would be paying about $15k, no loans, which is great! As far as USC, I was given a Dean's Scholarship (1/4 Tuition) but I still haven't heard about need-based aid yet. My parents can afford up to about $20k a year so if USC gives me a reasonable deal then it's pretty much my choice. I'm extremely fortunate that while all of my friends and teachers look at me like I'm crazy when I say that I'm considering USC over Stanford, my mom REALLY wants me to go where I'm happy, and doesn't care about who is ranked higher, who has better opportunites, etc...

    Honestly, why I'm considering USC over Stanford is because Stanford students seem a lot more intellectually driven than I would like. From what I've seen, USC has more of the average college student body with intellectuals as well as valley girls and frat boys, which is a bit more appealing to me. Also, I want the school I attend to be really spirited, and I see that more with Trojan Football than at Stanford. But they're both SO amazing, so this is going to be a long and hard month to decide....
  • BatjinBatjin Registered User Posts: 81 Junior Member
    If you do choose USC people on the wait list will be very happy...
  • jamescchenjamescchen Registered User Posts: 598 Member
    There are many good reasons for choosing a school over Stanford. Money is one of them. So is the academic fit. There are just as many reasons (if not more) for choosing Stanford over any one of the top colleges.
  • lamediclamedic Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    My daughter was accepted for electrical engineering at Stanford and Berkeley (Regents). She is thinking of going to Berkeley. The difference between the two colleges for an upper middle class family (such as ours) is ~$100k over four years. Stanford has a big name/reputation, but is it so much bigger (than Berkeley) to balance this amount of money over the course of her life-I doubt the name will give her a commensurate increase in income. I guess each family must come to a decision on this. For us, I am sure she will do well at both schools; and the difference in acceptance to grad school in the future will probably be minimal if any (and that is where the "name" becomes important for jobs--once you finish grad school no one really cares if you went to UCLA or UCB or Stanford or Princeton--they care where you got your grad degree). There may be some increased satisfaction in going to a bigger name school over the course of her life, but doubt she will recoup it financially. My older son was not accepted to Stanford and instead graduated from Berkeley mechE/materials in 4 years, no problem, and was accepted to MIT for grad school-so we didn't have the Stanford vs Berkeley choice for her, but her outcome is great out of Berkeley. And she has no debt from undergrad.
  • got2havKgot2havK Registered User Posts: 55 Junior Member
    ^^ My older son was not accepted to Stanford and instead graduated from Berkeley mechE/materials in 4 years, no problem, and was accepted to MIT for grad school-so we didn't have the Stanford vs Berkeley choice for her, but her outcome is great out of Berkeley. And she has no debt from undergrad.

    just got confused... older son... then 'her'? was that reference for the daughter?

    i was reading & re-reading your post, cause im in the same situation now..., only we are lower middle class.
  • got2havKgot2havK Registered User Posts: 55 Junior Member
    I might not accept Stanford. Stanford is my dream school.

    I got accepted at Stanford & Cal Regents, both for BioEngineering. We may not be able to afford Stanford at all:( Im sad, although I like Cal Engg too. Plus the Regents is a huge bonus. But Stanford is Stanford.

    I will soon start another thread about this, so I can get some more opinions to weigh in.
  • lamediclamedic Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    So sorry-thinking of my daughter and her (good) predicament and writing about my post grad son.
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