I just got into both schools via EA and EA II. I’m still waiting on other schools RD, but I’ve had a lot of questions about these schools (and they both gave a good amount of merit), so I wanted to create this thread.
17K annual, 68K total. Total Cost: 47K/year.
Solid location, Worcester is a little rough. But I like Mass, and I like to ski/bike/hike, so it’s not a bad location.
Academically, I like their Geography program. It’s one of the strongest in the nation, and it’s a field I would like to study. I also like the prospect of doing a reduced-tuition accelerated masters degree.
On a side note, I think their architecture is neat.
36K yearly, 144K total. Total Cost: 31K/year.
Great location for outdoorsy activities, although it’s a little flat, and also pretty isolated—both physically and socially.
Academically, I’d probably study the environmental geosciences. A slight downgrade from Geography, since that’s my first choice, but Env. Geo is not a bad choice. I will say that I’m worried about that thesis—even though I do talk about attending graduate school.
I’m also a little worried about the distance from home (Allegheny is 8 hours, Clark is 2).
I am curious though…if I choose to attend Clark, could I possibly appeal and mention the aid I earned at Allegheny? I earned a respectable scholarship at Clark, but I earned Allegheny’s highest-level scholarship (granted, it’s not full tuition, so I’m sure they hand out a good amount of them every year—but it’s still very large, and I’d assume quite respectable to a certain degree).
It is worth mentioning that I could afford these schools with much less of a scholarship then they gave me. I can attend Clark without worrying about about more then 20K of debt. But Allegheny would be debt-free.
For reference, here are a few other schools that I’m waiting to hear back from: UCONN, Syracuse, Dickinson, Gettysburg, Bates, etc. Does “brand name” really matter that much, or will a Clark/Allegheny degree be plenty respected?