Northwestern vs. Notre Dame vs. Vanderbilt

<p>Where should I go?</p>

<p>I'm planning on majoring in economics, mabye some philosophy on the side. I will be a social drinker/ light partier. But that does not mean I do not want to be social; I simply don't see college as 4 years of getting trashed Thur-Sunday night. I want to get a high gpa as I will either do pre-law or vying for ibanking/ management consultancy spots. I would prefer to go back home to the south after college.</p>

<p>Here are my concerns for each:</p>

<p>Northwestern: everyone will be as smart and hardworking as me (34 ACT, top 2% of highly competitive private high school) and getting good grades (3.7) may be impossible. Also, I have heard that everyone studies 24/7: no social life whatsoever, which is concerning. Not sure of reputation in the south.</p>

<p>Vanderbilt: I have heard that the social life revolves so much on getting trashed on the weekends at frat parties. May be tough to make friends. Also ibanking opportunities may be harder to come by. Worried about 50k a year for lesser school.</p>

<p>Notre Dame: Also unsure about strength of econ program/ ibanking opportunities. Unsure about reputation in the south. Also concerned about massive party scene. I will not mind parties, so long as they are not 24/7 once Thursday starts. I am also highly skeptical about parietals. </p>