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Schools Small school or Large school?

  1. Apr 5, 2016 #1
    Hi all, I've applied to some unis in the States and heard back from them. Now I have problem deciding between two completely opposite schools. At the time I applied, I don't really know what I wanted to do, though I chose engineering. I'm still undecided now.

    I got accepted to Macalester, which is the only liberal arts college to accept me, I was rejected and wait listed by all else. They gave me a nice financial aid package of $ 179530 for 4 years. U Minnesota also accepted me with scholarship covering the difference between out of state and in state cost.

    So now, I don't know which school to choose. Of course, if I'm firm on engineering, I should stick with U Minnesota, but I'm not very sure. Anyway, back where I'm from, I could still work as an engineer with a physics degree. And, seeing that I was rejected by all the other liberal arts colleges I applied to, it would seem a waste of opportunity if I decline Macalester.

    U Minnesota would have more name recognition, but Macalester would give smaller class sizes. So which school should I choose?
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  3. Apr 5, 2016 #2
    The one with smaller debt upon graduation.
  4. Apr 5, 2016 #3
    What if my parents say cost isn't an issue?
  5. Apr 5, 2016 #4
    Go with your heart, because you'll work harder.

    Working harder is more important than the choice.
  6. Apr 5, 2016 #5
    Thanks for your advice!
  7. Apr 5, 2016 #6


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    A point that people bring up against small liberal-arts colleges is that they probably have a smaller range of research opportunities than big universities do. Macalester might be an exception to this, because it's in the same city as the U of Minnesota, so you would probably have some access to opportunities there. I suggest checking their web site and maybe asking them specifically about this.
  8. Apr 6, 2016 #7
    Ok, will do it. Thanks for your suggestion!:smile:
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