Welcome to College Confidential!

The leading college-bound community on the web

Sign Up For Free

Join for FREE, and start talking with other members, weighing in on community discussions, and more.

Also, by registering and logging in you'll see fewer ads and pesky welcome messages (like this one!)

As a CC member, you can:

  • Reply to threads, and start your own.
  • Post reviews of your campus visits.
  • Find hundreds of pages of informative articles.
  • Search from over 3 million scholarships.

Wash U v.s. U Chicago

alfredojahnalfredojahn Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
I found another thread like this, but from 2008. Not sure how things have changed since that time. I've been accepted to both Wash U in St. Louis and U Chicago. I visited Wash U three times and they have offered me a merit based full ride scholarship. With need based grants, etc., U Chicago comes out about the same, but I would have to work there for some of the money. I was convinced that Wash U was it, until my visit to U Chicago this past week. I love it there. Mom and Dad want me to go with the best money deal. I could go to either, but I was really impressed by U Chicago. The Wash U scholarship is renewable every year. We worry that as my parents income changes, each year, my need based grants could change.

Please help convince me.

Replies to: Wash U v.s. U Chicago

  • kaukaunakaukauna Registered User Posts: 1,124 Senior Member
    Parent here. The FA people have been very reasonable with our family. Also the opportunities for summer grants is tremendous. No guarantees but that's our experience. Good luck to you.
  • artloversplusartloversplus Registered User Posts: 8,430 Senior Member
    Which major/minor are you interested? There are strengths and weaknesses in each school.

    Go with your hart, either choice is going to be excellent for you.
  • alfredojahnalfredojahn Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    Environmental Studies
  • slystarslystar Registered User Posts: 22 New Member
    I just chose UChicago over Wash U. Visited both back to back and loved both schools, but it ended up coming down to the fact that UChicago has an actual linguistics department but Wash U only has a program. Good luck in your decision!
  • kaukaunakaukauna Registered User Posts: 1,124 Senior Member
    Good luck to you slystar. I think you'll be challenged. In a good way.
  • eddi137eddi137 Registered User Posts: 304 Member
    You said "I visited Wash U three times and they have offered me a merit based full ride scholarship. With need based grants, etc., U Chicago comes out about the same, but I would have to work there for some of the money.".

    Does it mean that WashU's covers tuition, room and board? That will be somewhere between 60K and 70K per year guaranteed.

    Does UChicago give you any merit-based scholarships? Such as University Scholarship, NMF, etc?

    I do not know how much you have got from need-based grant. However the need-based scholarship will change if the income changes. You can use the financial aid calculator to estimate how much the need-based grant will change if the income changes over the years.




  • warblersrulewarblersrule Super Moderator Posts: 9,916 Super Moderator
    edited April 2015
    Not affiliated with either here, but as someone with a background in environmental science...

    You really can't go wrong with either, and academically they'll be a wash, especially in geology. Wash U is stronger in organismal biology, and its plant science program is one of the best in the country. It maintains close ties with the St. Louis Zoo and especially the Missouri Botanical Garden, the first of which is right off campus and the second also pretty close, so there's quite a bit of internship opportunity.

    On the other hand, Chicago offers geography, which has many applications for environmental studies. Geography is an extremely versatile and underrated field that I wish more private colleges offered. Chicago's offerings are limited, but at least it offers a fair amount of GIS and an intro course in biogeography.

    Consider the difference in weather, academic calendar (quarter vs. semster system), campus atmosphere, etc. Also carefully consider any perks that come with the scholarship at Wash U -- big scholarships often come with exceptional advising that set you apart from all the other little fish.
  • FStratfordFStratford Registered User Posts: 407 Member
    What kind of work at UChi do you have to do? If youre a teachers assustant, that might be a very smart career enhancing move. If yiure a barista, not so much
  • alfredojahnalfredojahn Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    Dad here. My son just got back from visiting Reed College in Portland OR. He loved it. Unfortunately they aren't offering comparable scholarship money. It also includes loans (secured and unsecured). Wash U and U of C do not include any loans... He hopes to change their (Reed) mind. We'll see. He need to decide quickly. May 1st is just around the corner.
  • alfredojahnalfredojahn Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    eddi137 - yes, tuition only.
  • lostaccountlostaccount Registered User Posts: 4,638 Senior Member

    Chicago has the reputation that Wash U is trying to generate.

    Wash U has been working hard to increase their standing on the US News ranking.

    "WashU is one of the few top colleges that accepts or rejects students based in part on their economic situation. (http://www.businessinsider.com/washington-university-universitys-economic-diversity-2015-1#ixzz3XsA3twn1)

    According to that same article,

    "There may be a simple reason why the university remains need-aware. It has tended to invest in resources that are tied to college rankings, a connection WashU has refuted.

    In the 2013 Times article, Berg "insisted" that at WashU "rankings are never discussed in the admissions office," according to the newspaper."

  • eddi137eddi137 Registered User Posts: 304 Member
    So I guess you have got around 45K financial aid (including merits) per year from Chicago.

    Do not know your financial aid break downs.

    If you get majority of it from need-based grants then the income bracket may be low. That means increase of income in the next four years can trigger significant need-based grants reduction. I believe Chicago offers consistent need-based grants if no significant changes of your financial situation. But it will review it every year.
This discussion has been closed.