I’m a senior and I’ve committed to St. Marys college of ca. The thing is, I was accepted into other great schools that I really wanted to go to. I was accepted to UC Berk, UC Davis, Pepperdine, LMU, NYU, U of Rochester, Smith, and Notre Dame. The reason why I didn’t commit to any of these schools (ND was my first choice) was because I had to pay about 15-30k a year for each of these schools. I don’t come from a wealthy family, and they can’t really help me financially when it comes to college. To attend SMC I only had to pay about 7k because they gave me a lot of merit awards. I’ve visited SMC and honestly it is a decent school, well respected, and its nice- but I’m not happy to be going there. Especially since I have the grades to go elsewhere. Also I heard the school is very boring, and there is no social life. I just don’t want to get into debt because I plan to go to law school, and that will be at least 200k of debt.
My question is: Has anyone else been in a similar situation, and how did it turn out? Can any SMC students/prospective students give some insight about the school and the social life there? Will I regret picking this school, or should I just get into debt and go elsewhere?