Hello! I have almost all of my decisions and I’m extremely lucky to have amazing choices. I’ve narrowed them down to my top few. I would really appreciate some help weighing my options.
I think that I want to major in environmental engineering. Having said that, I would like to have the option to change my major. I have a lot of interests and would like to be able to take elective classes as well, including languages.
These are the schools I’m considering:
University of Michigan
Accepted to LSA (not engineering)
OOS cost of attendance: $67,802/year
Applied for some scholarships but have not heard back yet, and if I get any they won’t cover much of the tuition.
Thoughts: I really don’t know anything about Ann Arbor, the school, anything. I didn’t think I had a shot. I would really appreciate hearing anyone’s thoughts and experiences with the school. How hard would it be to switch to engineering if I wanted to?
Accepted to CoE for Environmental Engineering
Cost of attendance: $72,932/year
Thoughts: I visited Northeastern last year, and I loved the campus. I was admitted to NUin (would probably go to Greece), and I’m sure it would be an incredible experience. I would be thrilled to be in and take advantage of the networking in Boston and on the East Coast. What makes me a little doubtful is constantly hearing that all Northeastern students are extremely privileged (I don’t know if this is true??), and that I would be missing out on the college town experience.
University of Washington- Seattle
Accepted to CoE for undeclared engineering
OOS cost of attendance: $53,688/year (including scholarship)
Awarded $3k/year P&G scholarship
Thoughts: Seattle genuinely feels like my type of city. I was only there for one day a few years back, but everything I’ve heard from friends, seen in movies, etc. has made it extremely exciting for me. I have only heard good things about the engineering program. I also like that it’s closer to home!
Also admitted at UVM (environmental engineering), Penn State (environmental health engineering), CU Boulder (environmental engineering), UC Santa Cruz (environmental science), McGill and UBC (both for science, but with no chance to switch into engineering). If you have strong opinions about these please let me know.
Waitlisted at UC Davis (environmental engineering) and Scripps College (3-2 engineering)-- is either worth really considering if I get off the waitlist?
Awaiting decisions from NYU, Tufts, Columbia, Barnard, UC Berkeley (not expecting to get into any)
I’m a California resident. My family can afford all three options, but would also like to make an informed decision not just based on ranking. I am very focused academically and am most productive in a higher pressure environment. I love spending time in nature, and really want to be close to places I can camp, hike, etc.
Thanks for sticking with me in this long post, I’ve tried to include all the info that is usually asked for to help with a decision. I would appreciate hearing your thoughts!!!