My parents can technically afford it and are willing to pay in full (we don’t qualify for need-based aid), but it is still a lot of money and could potentially change their lifestyle at least a little.
I really like Brown, but since I want to study CS, it doesn’t seem like the smartest choice. I am in-state for UW which has a great CS program, if I am able to get in direct admit.
Otherwise, if I forgo ED to Brown, I would mostly be looking for admit in places like MIT, Stanford, Berkeley EECS… But those all seem very unlikely. For reference, I have a 4.0 UW and a 1550 SAT. Took full IB and a bunch of AP classes. No major math/science awards except a state award for a health-sciences competition. Did an applied math internship this summer, and also work as a math tutor. Ran XC. Started a nonprofit for youth athletes, and we are currently holding a gear drive. Probably will write about speedcubing in some of my essays. I started my common app in June and feel pretty good about it now.
Do I have a chance of getting into Brown RD? Or maybe even MIT/Stanford/Berkeley EECS (even if it is just a small chance)? Otherwise, is it smarter to just aim for UW CS direct admit?
This is so specific, kind of scared people are going to identify me haha