<p>Thanks for the advice phantasmagoric. I've cut those two Ivies down, and I actually don't think Rice University is a good fit for me because of location. Are there any East coast schools I can consider that are in near the top for CS and with good financial aid?</p>
<p>Also, regarding specific schools, it seems like all the calculators give me different amounts. UC Berkeley, for example, gives me an 11k EFC with 8k student loan/work on my own part, but Stanford gives me a 2k EFC and 2k student loan/work estimate, so I'm not sure how to get estimates for all my schools...(not all have calculators).</p>
<p>Sorry I missed your earlier post.
Do you have interests outside CS? If so, that can be an easy way to throw out needless choices.
I do, but I can't really think of anything specific that I'd want. I'm not going to be participating in Greeks, but I don't mind if there are Greeks on campus - as long as I'm not pressured into joining one. I guess I also prefer the East coast location, but since I live on the West coast, I'm still applying to California schools.</p>
I'd recommend doing as many EA and Rolling as possible - you might not have to bother applying to more in December that way. Both MIT and Caltech are EA; if you get accepted to one of those in mid-December, you may not have to apply to the others in late December. My son cut out 1/3 of his list that way!
I'd love to but I don't know of any extra particular EA/Rolling schools to apply to with my criteria (I've read threads about UChicago CS and it seems like a small department).</p>