I have been offered a place at both a US liberal arts college and a UK university. As the deadline for acceptance for the US university is May 15th, I felt I had to commit and therefore made a deposit. However, the UK university has a stronger CS department and their deadline to enroll is 10th June. Whether I get into the UK university is hugely dependent on my certain IB grade requirements which would be released on 5th July.
I am facing a dilemma in that the US liberal arts college has practically offered me a financial package where I would practically be graduating debt-free after 4-5 years even though I am an international student, whilst despite being a home applicant, going to the UK university would mean I would have 70K debt. The main issue is that the computer science department of the UK university is very strong and has a strong reputation whereas if I were to go to the US liberal arts college, I would be studying for a bachelor’s in Computer science and then transferring to an engineering school for the next 2.
I would like to find out whether it is possible to 'wait and see what my IB grades are and then commit officially. What do you guys think I should do?