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West Coast vs. East Coast? The Colleges with the Best Bang for your Buck

By Cindy Espinosa, Phillips Academy Andover

It’s college season! Deciding which college or university to apply to can be a hassle. When looking at which institutions to apply to, it is important to take into account what the school has to offer and to consider the the cost of tuition seriously.

Boston University- A private research university.

Total Cost (tuition and fees): $65,906

Average Earning (early career): $50,600

There are 10 schools within BU including arts, sciences, engineering, business, and education. BU offers over 100 different study abroad and internship programs. “91% of students found employment, placement in graduate programs, military service, or fellowships.”

New Jersey Institute of Technology- A public research university.

Total Cost (tuition and fees): $35,604

Average Earnings (early career): $55,200

NJIT offers an interdisciplinary approach with a focus in technology for the future. NJIT is also amongst the top ten schools for diversity. There are options to cross-register at nearby schools, double major, and earn an accelerated master’s or bachelor’s degree.

Smith College- A private women’s liberal arts college

Total Cost (tuition and fees): $64,449

Average Earnings (early career):$42,400

As one of the largest women’s colleges in the U.S., Smith offers the opportunity to be surrounded by women that are experts in their fields. There is a focus on shaping the individual through education, and the experiences of those around them.

Popular West Coast Schools

Harvey Mudd College- A private liberal arts college

Total Cost (tuition and fees): $66,874

Average Earnings (early career): $78,200

Harvey Mudd is a small school with about 800 students. It also has a common core curriculum, which serves as a “boot camp in the STEM disciplines.” Harvey Mudd is a part of the  Claremont College Consortium including: Scripps College, Claremont McKenna College, Pomona College, and Pitzer College.

University of Washington- A public research university.

Total Cost (tuition and fees): $27,034

Average Earnings (early career): $53,500

UW is situated in three different locations: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. There are 16 colleges within UW ranging from Law to Medicine to Public Affairs. UW also recognizes the “Husky100” which are a group of juniors, seniors, and graduate school students who make the most of their experience.

California Institute of Technology- A private research university.

Total Cost (tuition and fees): $63,471

Average Earnings (early career):$72,600

There are five STEM academic divisions, and one academic division for social sciences at this University. There is a 3:1 student to faculty ratio for personalized education in the classroom. Caltech also offers opportunities for a cross-disciplinary education in more than 30 areas of research.

Check out some of the sources I used, below, if you want to learn more!
http://www.payscale.com/college-salary-report/bachelors

http://www.bu.edu/admissions/outcomes/after-graduation-stats/