In need of major help

<p>Basically, I am a New Yorker who can go to Cornell with the state-subsidized tuition. My parents can pay fully for Cornell for me, everything with room and board and tuition. However, my other school that I would like to go to is Northwestern or Johns Hopkins (probably not but idk yet), and they both cost with room and board and tuition 45,000. Therefore, I would have to take out 15,000 in loans per year, with a debt accumulating of 60,000. My parents said they may be able to pay that back later in life, when my dad retires or so. My parents are pretty well-off, however, I have other siblings and my dad needs to provide for them as well. Since his income is pretty enormous, I did not qualify for any financial aid. However, since his stocks and investments were some-what killed by the crappy stock market, he can only provide the 30,000 Gs per year for each child. I plan on going to medical or law school in the future. In need of advice..... Is the 60,000 worth going to Northwestern or J Hopkins over Cornell??????????? Thanks</p>

<p>I'm inclined to say no. Cornell's Law and Medical school admit rates are very high. Why do you like those other schools more than cornell?</p>

<p>Collegekid1988, I thought I was reading my own financial bio! Our finances are spot on (I got no finaid anywhere except Cornell. Got 6k in loans and 4k in Tradition Fellow Grant) I guess one thing to look at is how will finances change (ie stocks, etc.) I wasn't worried about college money until the .com bubble burst. That said, I would definitely go to Cornell. It is close, which drastically cuts down on travel costs, and when looking at schools so incredibly close in academics and grad placement, go with the 60k cheaper Ivy! You have an incredible bargain, and when 4 years is up, you may wonder if Cornell would have been better. Then when the 60k bill comes in the mail, you will know!</p>

<p>Come on, unless you absolutely hated Cornell or absolutely loved the other two schools, there's no reason why you should pay more to go to those two schools. We are not comparing SUNY-Stony Brook to Northwestern or JHU. It's Cornell! I don't see why you should pay more to go to NU or JHU when you can pay so much less to attend Cornell.</p>

<p>anymore advice is welcomed, thanks guys!</p>

<p>it seems you are pre-med. regardless of where you go, you will be surrounded by the brighest and competitive students, and I feel that the best way you can shine is to go where you love -- regardless of how much money you save (or not). Is there anything about a particular school that absolutely grabs at your heartstring? I know it's hard, not to mention scary, that this decision will impact you for the rest of your life, but you have nothing to lose at any of these three schools.</p>

<p>However, as this is Cornell's little hub, and I am a dutiful Cornellian, I must say a Cornell diploma will be highly respected. I have heard from quite a few JHU pre-meds (and even alums who are now doctors) that don't trust each other's GPA because of cheating (I know it's sad, and i don't want to generalize, but they really said that they look at a JHU GPA with skepticism) and how frustrated they are that when they do report the cheating, many of it goes uninvestigated, and don't do anything (again, i'd like to say that this is second-hand information). At cornell, yes, I'm sure there are quite a few cheating going on, but the fact that a student got expelled from our university because she cheated in orgo (and that's why we have much much stricter policies) shows just how much cornell upholds academic integrity. Also, we have not had an honorary degree given since David Starr (sp?) the FIRST president of Stanford (and the only other degree given was of course ezra cornell). Even Bill Nye could not receive an honorary PhD from Cornell. When one meets another Cornell Alum, there's a lot of mutual respect because of the understanding of the challenges of obtaining that diploma. </p>

<p>Still, I think you should go where your heart is leaning towards, and if you can't decide, then I guess the money factor should play the final card.</p>

<p>Stock markets pick up and doctors make money. You'll probably be fine with the extra debt.</p>