My D23 just found out she was admitted to UNCSA. She’s very excited but at this point I wish we were subtracting schools from her final list, not adding to it.
After a not so good weekend, being rejected by BU and USC (expected), and waitlisted at her parent’s alma mater, Syracuse (not expected), we had narrowed the list to three well regarded film schools, Emerson (Media Arts Production), Ithaca (cinema and photography), and Chapman (creative producing). Now we are adding UNCSA (Film) and have yet to drop Penn State (we all loved Bellisario College when visiting last summer) and UCONN (received scholarship for in-state tuition).
UCONN is the most affordable, but in film school connections do matter and from what I can tell it doesn’t even have a semester in LA program. Ithaca with great merit and UNCSA (have not received anything about scholarship yet) also fall within our budget without having to take out loans. She received merit for Chapman and Emerson, but they are still the costliest, but importantly also in the top 4-6 film schools in just about every ranking. We can make those work without loans, but it would involve making a number of sacrifices for the next couple of years.
What would you do? Does anyone have first-hand experience with UNCSA? I feel Emerson is the best fit on paper except for cost. We are also in the NE so Chapman and UNCSA would require flights, although D grew up on the west coast and is very interested in Chapman. We have visits planned for Emerson, Ithaca and UCONN over the next two weeks, and now will look to visit UNSCA.