Ok so unfortunately I did not get accepted to MIT :( but now it looks like my options are Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, and the University of Virginia I am majoring in engineering and I am having a tough time choosing. Georgia Tech clearly has the best program out of the three (best public engineering school I am pretty sure), but that is out of state and will cost me $20,000 more than the other schools would. UVA is not centered around engineering but still has a pretty decent program. Virginia Tech is right in the middle, but I would not really feel any different from the rest of the people in my school if I went there. So basically my question is, is Georgia Tech worth the extra money to travel out of state to go to? It has the best engineering program, but I have been told that it is more of what you do than where you go, and if I work hard enough, I will have equal success at either school. How true is that statement and to what extent is "working hard enough" would make UVA and VT equal to GT in terms of success? Will GT have a lot more research I can get involved with? I am not sure what field of engineering I want to go into, and if I decide Aerospace, I am not sure that UVA and VT have that great of programs. By the way I am talking about ONLY Undergraduate, do not take grad school into account when helping me. Thanks for any input!