Hello, I know a ton of other students here have some super impressive schools they got into, so I do apologize that mine are all a bit more lackluster.
I’ve already eliminated a lot of other schools for various reasons included U of A, CU Boulder, and some other ones as well. I’ve also had to eliminate my top choices that I was able to get into, Reed College and GWU (Via Paris Scholars Program) due to costs.
This really bummed me out and is making my decision process that much harder to process, since I even visited GWU and I loved it, but I can’t go without racking up an insane amount of debt.
It feels really difficult to cut through the smoke of marketing and see how good the schools really are.
Anyway, on to the schools, I have left.
ASU’s Barrett, The Honors College
- Net Cost of 15k (Instate + Scholarships)
- Barrett, in particular, provides advantages (first choice in classes, more advising options, well-regarded)
- Good amount of research opportunities, large university, but Barrett apparently gives it a smaller feel (ideal)
- On the bad side, it’s massive, it’s a bit too close to home, and I’m not sure if it’s good enough I guess. Hard to explain that feeling, but it’s mostly because it’s pretty much in my backyard.
- I am concerned it will not open the door to the best opportunities I could get.
The College of Wooster
- Net cost of ~33k (prior to any loans)
- Really small and cozy campus
- Well known for its undergraduate capstone program (USNews compares it to Princeton in this regard)
- The campus lifestyle is pretty appealing to me, I was able to visit it recently
- A decent amount of opportunities, and more personalized mentoring, teacher relations, advising
- However, it is so small that I’m not sure how good the research opportunities are, and it’s in a very rural location.
- ~39K net cost a year (prior to any loans)
- Highest-ranked school I am still able to consider
- Beautiful campus and location
- High-research output
- However, it’s really far, and does not offer my preferred major. I applied and was admitted as a Classics and Philosophy major because I was super unsure at the time of applying, so I’d have to switch. Plus it’s the most expensive school I have left.
- 25k net cost per year (pre-loan)
- Well known for its pre-med programs
- Most affordable out of state option
- Low cost of living in Omaha
- Increased admittance chance for CU Med School
- However, I am not a huge fan of the Jesuit affiliation, personally. And I’m just in general not sure if it’s the best for what I need.
I am also waitlisted at Wake Forest University, which would be incredible to get into, but I have no clue what my chances are, plus it’s a very expensive school.
For context, I more likely than not to want to study Neuroscience, and possibly slap on some minor(s) or double major. Ideal for any school would be a lot of great undergrad research opportunities, great pre-health advising, and the potential for strong relations with faculty for eventual letters of rec. I would be on a pre-med track at all of these schools, and I am hoping to apply to Med school, a Ph.D. program, or some combination of the two. I prefer urban environments and cooler climates, and ideally a more progressive student body/ locale. Please let me know if I have omitted any crucial information!
Thank you in advance for any advice, I desperately need it. If you think I should put Wake Forest University, Reed College, or GWU back in the running, let me know!