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How to decide??? My kid likes the potential to volunteer or get internships in one of the hospitals adjoining Pitt, but PA State offers an incredible Big 10 college experience. Her credentials are good but not spectacular (650, 650, 700 writing; 3.65-3.7 GPA, top 1/3; range of activities include 300+ hours volunteering in a hospital, 3 yrs varsity sport, now holding down a job 20+ hours/wk and getting a 4.0+ as a Senior; 15 college credits including 3 AP classes). Her Dad is terminally ill with a degenerative disease and is in a Pitt research program. Her guidance counselor thinks she has chances of getting admitted to both schools. Pitt and PA State are the ones that I can afford (if we don't eat, but hey who wants to eat anyway). That puts them at the top of my list.
She was hoping for pharmacy -- but her chances of getting into the competitive program at Pitt are poor, and PA State doesn't offer it. Even after college visits, we still have too many schools on the list!! (Duquesne, Toledo and SUNY Buffalo for pharmacy; PA State; Pitt, UCONN or Ohio University for mid-size schools).
Did you pick Pitt over PA State? PA State over Pitt? HELP???