I am a UK applicant who has been accepted to both Edinburgh University and Colgate University. However, despite committing to Colgate, I am waiting to see if I will be accepted to Edinburgh University upon IB results day on 6th July.
For Edinburgh University (Informatics Degree with integrated Masters)
- Has modules in AI/Machine Learning/(All the good fluff)
- Bigger student body so more societies and opportunities
- Informatics course focuses on AI/Cognitive Science/Computer Science
- In terms of CS, it is top 20 in the world and is well established with the big tech companies
- Loan would come to be a total of £80,000. However, I only pay after earning over £27,750. Even then, I only pay 9% of money made over that amount.
Colgate University (Possibility of double major in Physics and CS)
- Typical advantages of liberal arts (smaller classes, closer contact with professors etc)
- Nearly full ride (4 years equate to only $17,000)
- Research Opportunities in the summer which is unusual for undergraduates.
- Thought of doing Physics is exciting and I can focus on doing an emphasis in Computational Physics
- The level of knowledge of CS would for sure be less than the 5 years at Edinburgh University.
- It would take 6 years to obtain a masters in Computer Science as opposed to 5 years at Edinburgh University.
I am naturally very indecisive and would be fine at either university. I should say my ambition is to work in Machine Learning or Artificial Intelligence. What would you guys recommend? I can “afford” going to both of the institutions thru either loans (Edinburgh) or grants (Colgate).