hi! i was accepted to the following schools:
- Purdue for Data Science
- Santa Clara University for Finance
- Arizona State University for Computer Science
- Cal Poly Pomona for Computer Science
and I would appreciate any help/advice about the schools or which I should choose I’m planning on double majoring in college in Data Science and Finance, and if time permits to do a Pre-Law track. So no matter what college I choose to go to, I will be adding my second major. I’m leaning towards Purdue or SCU so I’ll add that information below, but if you think I should be considering the other colleges as well, let me know (any input is appreciated so so much!).
Price is not a heavy factor in my decision, but for reference SCU is 60k with scholarship, Purdue is 43k. US News says that Purdue and SCU are both tied at #53 nationally too!
Personally, I love that SCU has a much smaller class size, which helps me make one on one connections with my professor which might be beneficial when I apply for my Master’s or JD degree. SCU is also less than an hour away from my home, but location is not a big factor for me (and I always kind of wanted to go out of state). SCU’s location is also a huge advantage since it’s located in the Silicon Valley which may make it easier for me to land a tech or finance job, compared to the other schools I was accepted into. I know some local companies prefer to hire locally, and finding a job after my four years is a huge aspect I am considering. While I’m not 100% sure how easy SCU classes are, I’m pretty confident that I can get a much better GPA at SCU than Purdue which may make me more competitive for Grad/Law School.
For Purdue, in my opinion, since the school is much larger, I think it would definitely be harder for me to find internship/research opportunities on campus with so much competition, and it would also be harder for me to stand out in classes with more people (which may hurt my letter of recs/GPA on grad/law school applications). But, Purdue also has a more influential name (i think but may be wrong) when it comes to national colleges. Since Purdue may look better on my resume, I was considering it over SCU. Purdue is also 1 hour from Indianapolis and 3 hours from Chicago, so finding a job may be less easy than SCU.
-SCU has a small class size, good alumni, easier for me to get a higher GPA, can receive more individual attention from professors which will shine on my master’s/law school application
-Purdue has a more respected name, more research opportunities and clubs on campus, is out-of-state, cheaper by 15k (which is not a big deal to my family), and is more geared towards tech careers and programs
any help/comments is greatly appreciated! Thank you so much