I feel like an underdog D:

<p>I got rejected from Macaulay Honors after being on their waiting list, I'm still on NYU's waiting list which is not a good sign. I feel so cruddy, I was sure I would get into both of these schools. I did get into Brandeis but if I went there I'd have to pay a debt of 80,000 plust interest. Is fordham a good school? Cuz I just picked it as a safety and they practically gave me a full ride...</p>

<p>SAT
Math: 740
cr: 720
writing: 660</p>

<p>SAT ii:
Math II: 740
Physics: 710</p>

<p>Now I'm left with Fordham :(</p>

<p>Take the "practically a full ride" and don't look back. You can't even take out 80k in loans without co-signers, so Brandeis is not a viable option.</p>

<p>Your other option would be to take a gap year, and reapply to places that guarantee the merit-based aid that you need. Read through this list and see what you think: <a href="http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/financial-aid-scholarships/848226-important-links-automatic-guaranteed-merit-scholarships.html%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/financial-aid-scholarships/848226-important-links-automatic-guaranteed-merit-scholarships.html&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>The difference between the educations at those schools (barring unique programs) isn't worth $10,000, let alone $80,000.</p>