I’m fortunate to live in a state with a well-regarded public flagship (~T50). My interest is in whether there are any other options that might provide better “ROI”, or if that set of schools is essentially empty. Consider “ROI” here to mean “prestige per unit cost”. Cost ceiling is ~$35k/year.
Student won’t qualify any financial aid. Rough profile: 1500+ SAT, grades near the top of the class, several AP courses, ECs and honors are mostly music-related with a few state-level honors (in music). Not an under-served minority or first generation college student. Not targeting a competitive major (engineering, computer science, business). NMF status not yet known, but probable.