I am sincerely apology if I am posting this question to the wrong forum. I am sure you have been down this road before, so any thoughts on this dilemma are greatly appreciated.
I have been accepted directly to an undergraduate departmental program at Johns Hopkins University, Berkeley, and Oregon State University Honors. I intend to persuade dual BS in Computer Science and Bioinformatics, followed by PhD in Bioinformatics. Net cost to attend 4 years at OSU is $46K and the others is $260K, giving a delta of $216K.
- Is JHU or Berkeley worth $216K over OSU and its intangible benefits from being near home. JHU and Berkeley rank quite a bit higher than OSU especially in the biological/bioengineering field.
- After a BS degree, would being at or near the top of my class with relevant in-depth research projects (or internships) equalize school reputation in terms of getting a job or being admitted into well-known graduate school?
- Finally, I keep reading/hearing that one of the reason to go to "famous" university is the plethora of opportunities for connections to jobs and research projects. Is this really true and a big deal? AND these connections just do not automatically happen, one still has to seek and cultivate them, right?
Thank you so much for your time,