Hi everyone, I’m about to turn down an admission offer at Columbia University school of General Studies for admission at the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor LSA to study computer science undergrad.
The costs come out to be nearly identical including cost of living disparity due to better financial aid offers at Columbia University. Despite this, I was loving the positivity and warmth I received from the professors I talked to about my research interests at Michigan meanwhile didn’t feel the same acceptance from those at Columbia. It felt like they were more involved with their graduate students than their undergrads. I also loved the big Michigan pride and large campus size that were lacking at Columbia.
Though I’m really happy with my decision, there’s a voice in the back of my head saying I’m making a big mistake by turning down the Ivy league in favor of studying at a public state school vis-a-vis reputation and doors it may be open in terms of jobs and graduate programs.
Should I reconsider? Am I making a mistake?