Hello! I’m in need of some guidance seeing as there is less than 2 weeks until decision day and I have yet to commit to a school. I was very close to paying my deposit for FIT, but then my parents started another discussion about FIT vs the other schools I’ve been accepted into. At first, they were excited about my acceptance to FIT and we were all only worried about the costs. Now, my parents are on the fence about both FIT’s academics and the cost for me to attend. As for academics, they are really convinced that Clarkson University and SUNY buffalo or binghamton could provide me with the same, or a better education with a better price too (I am from NY). I understand that FIT doesn’t scream prestigious as it’s a fairly newer and small school, but in my own eyes I think it’s prestigious. I’ve done a lot of research on colleges, but I’m starting to doubt myself after hearing what my parents have to say. The final decision is mine, but I have to keep in mind that my parents are also going to be a big part of my college years.
I truly wish I was as interested in those other schools I was accepted to as I have been for FIT because I received crazy financial aid for Clarkson and then in-state tuition for the SUNYs. For FIT, I received their $15k scholarship and a grant but I cannot remember the amount. From my financial aid packet, for my first year, I’ll be paying just a tiny bit under half-tuition - and that’s for a psychology major (I am also interested in biomedical sciences for my pre-med track, but I recently found out about the tuition increase/difference for eng and science majors, luckily I am equally as interested in psych). I’ve seen that other oos students have gotten more for the Panthers scholarship and I feel a little gypped for my $15k because I feel like I have the grades and I’m top 5% of my class (class of 165 students). Either way, we have tried to negotiate my financial aid and the office told us they have already offered the max of what they are able to and suggested I seek outside scholarships and grants.
That is a little background on me. I guess I have questions on how is Florida Tech’s academics, especially their school of psychology and what being a pre-med student is like and what are my chances of succeeding as pre-med in a school that has a big focus on engineering? I understand saying that is a bit contradicting for my case, but I should include that I am interested in Florida Tech for its small population, the research opportunities, and knowing myself, I feel like it’s an environment I could thrive in.
I feel like I keep returning back to this step: deciding on a college and then getting second thoughts. Is Florida Tech a school worth going to for psychology and for the cost I’d be paying (a little less than $20,000 a year), as well as traveling back and forth from NY each year?
Thanks in advance!