I am currently trying to decide between Duke and Stanford, which are both great schools but I'm trying to pinpoint which one might be the best fit for me. I'm planning to double major in English and Math (or Psychology -I will decide which one I'll choose when I take classes on both).
I've got accepted at the University Scholars Program at Duke, which is a super-selective prestigious program and will provide me with a full ride and financial support for research projects and summer activities etc. On the other hand, Stanford also gave me a full ride yet it doesn't offer any merit scholarship programs such as the one at Duke.
My own criteria regarding colleges are a socially and academically stimulating environment, great school spirit, a beautiful campus life where I can sense the feel of being a community (instead of being individuals detached from each other), and a diverse and open-minded student body. I know that these are very general, and although they helped me eliminate other colleges I'd been admitted to, they are not very useful when deciding between Duke and Stanford.
Right from the beginning of high school, Stanford has been my dream school, yet the fact that I can't give up Duke is due to the merit scholarship program it offers.
What do you guys think?
I need to make my decision in a couple of days! So I'd appreciate any help :)