Need help choosing college

I live in Texas and I'm between choosing colleges.
I'm trying to go for engineering
and I have come across three schools as my top schools,
UMich, UT Austin, and Cornell.</p>

<p>All three are relatively close in rankings of the undergraduate engineering program.
I am starting to write essays today, but I don't believe I need to go Out of State to such an expensive school when I can just simply go to UT Austin and save my parents money...</p>

<p>Are there other schools I should aim for that are worth the money to go to?</p>

<p>Thank you.</p>

<p>what are your stats?</p>

<p>I wish there was a way to pull up my sent messages, but I sent all my stats to someone, but here they are.</p>

<p>Unweighted GPA- 3.7~
SAT- CR: 730
M: 770
W: 660
Essay: 10
total: 2160</p>

<p>ACT: 30, but I retook it and I hopefully did better</p>

All region first chair bassoonist 3 years
Outstanding Soloist bassoonist in South Padre Island, 2008
Division 1 soloist in region 3 years
3rd in marching contest
Secretary of National Honor Society
President and Cofounder of Spanish National Honor Society
in: Interact Club, Red Cross Club, Debate Club, Community Service Club</p>

<p>tell me if anybody need sto know anything else, thanks.</p>

<p>OH and I have 100+ community service hours
and 10+ internship</p>

<p>I'll suggest three: Texas A&M as a safety, Georgia Tech as a match, and Rice as a reach.</p>

<p>But with my initial question, out of those three, should I just go for UT? Because the undergrad rankings are about the same.</p>

<p>Yeah I would go to UT, if you are fine with staying close to home, since it will be much cheaper.</p>

<p>Are you in the top 10% of your class?</p>