Okay, so I'll elaborate on my choices, but I would appreciate some insight from members on this board. I would like to work on the West Coast or in Florida (home state), but where I work my first job is less important than my ability to pay off loans and such. Basically, good job prospects are a bit more important than location. I just know I don't want to stay in the midwest, and fortunately none of my choices are in the midwest
. Boston College:
So far I've heard nothing back from them in terms of financial aid, but I would hope that I would get at least something. Hopefully I'll get some kind of need money like Davis gave me, but BC is nonetheless very attractive because the prospects seem good, I do love Boston, and it carries a bit of layman prestige.UC-Davis:
Is in California, but Davis is rural. I haven't visited BC or Davis yet, but I'm worried about how much I would enjoy the location. I've been living in Chicago for ugrad, so it would be a shift. However, this school is definitely on the West Coast, and they sent an informal offer of 20K in grants based on need for 2008-2009. This could change year-to-year. The big plus is that it is in California, but it has a very small alumni network and doesnt seem to carry much weight out of California.
There is also the prospect of Loyola (LA) with 27k/year, and I would only need to stay in the top 2/3rd's of the class. However in my mind it is between the two above. I'm leaning towards BC, especially if I could get some need-based money -- but what do you all think?