Hey everyone, I need to make a decision in less than a week on where I am transferring.
I am choosing between UVA and Barnard. I am not quite decided on a major, but am leaning towards biology or neuroscience or even kinesiology (only at UVA), and I know I will be going on a pre-med or pre-health track. I would get in-state tuition at UVA, making Barnard basically triple the cost. I plan to go on to grad school/med school/some other professional school after undergrad, so I’m trying to keep that in mind when thinking about money. Obviously, UVA is the smartest option as far as finances go. However, the location is not my favorite and I don’t feel like I fit into the general culture of the school (partying, going to sports games, lots of school spirit). Barnard is a dream because it is in the city (I love NYC) and I feel like I would fit into the culture there a bit more easily. Overall, I just want to be in a place where I can focus on school, hanging with friends when I can, but keeping academics as the main priority. Another factor for me is keeping up with ballet, since that has been a huge part of my life, and Barnard/Columbia have amazing ballet clubs. I know there is a ballet club at UVA but certainly not of the same scale/caliber as the ones at Barnard.
While Barnard seems amazing in so many ways, the price tag is definitely pushing me away. Adding up those student loans with any I acquire after undergrad seems like a bit of a nightmare. It’s 3 years of my life, right… so I’m thinking maybe I should stick it out in Charlottesville and still be grateful for getting an excellent education.
I’ve been reaching out to as many people as I can to figure this out and it’s still a really hard decision to make! I would appreciate any input anyone may have!