Looking for some help. My daughter has been accepted to a number of undergraduate Architecture programs and is the final stages of making her decision. Complicating matters greatly has been the pandemic which has prevented admitted students, and for some schools, she has had no previous visits. She is a strong student from a top public school in New York State, so she is no stranger to hard work, but is also quite social and wants to have a positive college experience.
Schools she been accepted to include the following:
Syracuse (BArch) with honors program and full tuition scholarship for 5 years (COA 17K)
Georgia Tech (BS Architecture) OOS (COA 47K)
University of Virginia (BS Architecture) OOS (COA 75K)
WashU (BS Architecture) (COA 80K)
Syracuse has really hit it out of the park with their virtual sessions, with great depth and breadth. No other program has come close. Fantastic, involved Dean, Michael Speaks. SU is closer to home (maybe important in this uncertain world) 2.5 hour drive. The one stumbling block is that while the School of Architecture is highly rated, the university itself is not quite as prestigious or selective as her other choices.
She did a summer program at Georgia Tech, really liked the school and Atlanta, but finds the program on the smaller size. She likes the idea of a rigorous program, but I am not sure that the heavy math/CS general education requirements may detract from her ability to complete a minor. I get it for an engineer, but not sure the added STEM rigor is beneficial to an architect. Also, a bit more limited alternate major list if she chooses to change majors. Further away than others. More afforable than all but SU.
UVa is a wonderful school that we were able to visit. She is a little concerned about it being a bit more culture heavy and finding her place there. Very selective. Wide list of alternate majors. Bit harder to get to. Expensive.
WashU is 2 plane legs, so harder to get to/from. Seems a bit more art focused for her taste. Students apparently love the place, but most expensive. Very selective. Great parent university, highest ranked university she is considering.
Obviously, there are significant differences in the BArch vs 4+2 programs. She likes the idea of a bit more academic flexibility with the BS, but not a major factor. For me, one big concern with the 4+2 is that she completes the BS, then starts working for a couple years, then never completes the MArch and is never licensed, as life intervenes. The BArch is a bit of insurance to make sure that doesn’t happen.
Hoping that someone has more first-hand knowledge of a few of these great programs and can make relative comparisons and suggestions. I know that she really can’t go wrong with any of them. The full scholarship at SU is very attractive, I don’t want it to be the deciding factor. GT is financially doable with some rearranging of priorities, while UVa and WashU are bit more of a stretch and may involve jobs/loans, but still doable.
Syracuse is the program to beat at the moment, but I/she will feel more than a little funny turning down more prestigious universities (but not more prestigious