<p>beardedhorse - i am in an extremely similar situation to you. i, too, was accepted to both scripps with a JES scholarship and pomona, although im not yet positive that i will be in claremont. however, just looking at scripps vs. pomona, i am having a similarly difficult time. I am also looking to major in neuroscience or psychology, and like you, pomona has long been my first choice, yet they are not giving me any aid either. so, i feel your pain.</p>
<p>if it's any help, here are some of my thoughts:
- i certainly can't say that money is no object. half price at scripps is an incredible offer, especially since it's just down the street from pomona, shares many of the same classes, etc.
- did you go to the JES scholars weekend? if so, what did you think? although it did not surpass pomona in my mind, i had a great time and could see myself there. however, there's something to be said if it really didn't click for you.
- i visited pomona about a week ago to, if nothing else, gather some more insights on the scripps v. pomona issue. although i continue to love pomona and would definitely choose it if money weren't a concern, i left feeling like there wasn't as big a difference between the two schools as i previously thought.
- i did have lunch with some students who were talking about how much more challenging pomona is than the other schools. someone even called the joint science department a "joke", but there was some obvious bias. like i said, i still left feeling like there maybe wasn't as big a difference as i thought.</p>
<p>i realize that this extremely long message offers no conclusive answers (i still haven't taken either school off of my list), but at least know that there is someone out there who feels your pain!</p>