I’m a bit new to this forum so let me know if I’m doing anything wrong.
I just wanted to get an outside opinion on a tough decision I’m making about where to pursue a BS in Computer Science. For some background, I’m out of state for both schools but UMN would be about $10k cheaper/year (40 vs 50k) after scholarships and living costs, although both I should be able to afford. I was also accepted into the accelerated combined bs/ms program at RIT, which would give me a year off and an automatic 40% graduate scholarship, but it was for computing security and I am on a waitlist to switch my major and possibly the BS/MS to CS. I like the campus at UMN a lot better and feel like my personal life could be better there, although I’m sure RIT would be fine as well. I loved that the COOP program was directly integrated at RIT and the smaller classes would be nice, but I’ve heard UMN’s career services aren’t bad and they do have a COOP program, just not one integrated as closely with classes. One more thing to consider is that I’m closest to RIT and two of my closest friends are going there while none are going to UMN. I’ve visited both schools. What it boils down to is:
Like their coop program
Have close friends attending
Not a bad school for CS
Accelerated BS/MS (as long as I’m accepted off of the waitlist from my switch)
Smaller class sizes
Slightly stronger CS program (from my own research)
Much better campus/better dining
More activities to choose from
More focus on AI with their CS program, something I’m interested in
Family directly in the area
Better job market in the immediate area
Thanks for any help!