Hello, all, my DD applied to most colleges intending to study business (preferred major) but she also applied to a few in CS (alternative major if business major does not work out). She is struggling to make a final decision between CMU’s Tepper Business major(possibly switch to IS or double major business/IS) and UMD’s CS (direct admit, OOS tuition but awarded with a President’s Scholarship for 4 years). CMU will cost about $85-90K per year and it will likely take 4 years to graduate with a total cost close to $340-350K. UMD allows many dual enrollment credits to transfer and she can probably graduate in 3 years with a total cost of $150K ($50K per year after scholarship).
Between CMU and UMD, CMU has a better name recognition (though she is not in CMU’s elite SCS program) and it will give her opportunity to transfer major (business to IS )or double major as she desires and CMU’s career service support is probably better as it is a private college with more resources for students. UMD’s CS program is strong (top 20 based on the popular rankings) and seems to have a good reputation for graduates to land decent CS jobs in east coast or to a certain extent, nationwide, including some high tech firms. However, it may be overcrowded due to many aspiring CS students.
She is concerned by the vibes in CMU due to the stereotypes of CMU being heavy workload, one of the most depressed campuses, nerdy etc despite it being a top tier university. UMD has a very different vibes as a large state college in a less competitive environment (UMD CS may be still a tough program to study), but it is a big campus easily getting “lost” with large classes and students competing for resources. Cost of attendance for two schools are almost $200K difference. She is also thinking of going to a good MBA program to pursue business as a future goal, however, it may change. Parents are willing to support her financially regardless of her choice.
Your thoughts on college selection are much appreciated, probably based on school reputation, program strength, future career opportunities, and lastly ROI. What would all the wise people choose in such situation?