My son is trying to decide between UW and UA. He plans to major in Physics and be in the marching band. His overall goal is to eventually get a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics and work for NASA or an international equivalent. He also wants to study abroad in Germany (did one year of high school in Germany).
In-state tuition, board and fees is ~30K/year
5 hours from home
Good physics department
Accepted into Interdisciplinary Honors Program
Knows Seattle area a bit
Tuition merit scholarship for 4 years, so total board and fees ~20K/year
Good physics department with some overlap with NASA
Accepted into Honors College
Honors Village housing is almost brand new
Honors College has a study abroad option in Munich
He also has ~100K in a 529 Plan for education. Will be able to transfer a year of college credit from Dual Enrollment classes at Washington State University, so may be able to complete undergrad in three years.
We will be visiting both campuses in a week