After going through my colleges list I decided to narrow it down to Vassar College and Conn College. Vassar was not on my narrowed list originally because I would have to take loans of around 10k/year (40k over 4 years) but now I’m realizing it might be worth it because of how well known and amazing the college is and the location. Conn is my other option because although it is not as prestige, I love the community (I’ve heard from parents that it’s a very friendly community and not preppy) and I love their guaranteed internship fund and efforts for career prep as well as the vibe I get from talking to admitted students virtually.
I hope to study Economics/International Relations and History, and although I want to wither go to Law or Journalism school, because of my family’s finances I have to find a job right after college to finance myself so how pre-professional/career focused the school is is very important to me (that’s why I am kind of worried about prestige because this factors in finding a job and connections with employers etc etc).
I am thinking is it worth it to pay an extra 40k for Vassar or do you think I should go to Conn? Is their prestige gap really that big - and what are your experiences with both school? I don’t have the chance to visit any of them so any of your answers would mean SO much to me!
my other options that I’m considering include:
Trinity College CT (afraid it might be too preppy for me, and heard Hartford might be dangerous but seems to have amazing employer connections)
Colby College (Prestigious, really good for econ but afraid might be too preppy and too remote of a location)
Dickinson College (love the emphasis on career and seems very lively on video but not as prestigious as others and have to pay a bit more than Conn around 3,000/year)
Sarah Lawrence College (most expensive option, and seems to be too small for me but love the personalized education)
Please give me any advice on the colleges above as well and what do you think the best option for me is - I really really appreciate your help.