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RPI or Columbia  

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  1. 1. RPI or Columbia

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I'm a senior computer science major at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), and I'm trying to decide where to go for my Master's degree. I've been accepted to RPI and offered a TAship that would cover tuition and give me a stipend of $18K. So that's a solid option.


But recently I was also accepted to a Master's program at Columbia University, which was a pleasant surprise. I'm still waiting to find out if I get any funding at Columbia. I'm hoping to get something, but I expect it will be less than what I have been offered at RPI.


It seems obvious to me that Columbia would be better than RPI, ignoring financial considerations. My question is: how much more is Columbia worth than RPI? I'd really like to go to Columbia, but I'm not sure if it would be worth it to go into more debt (already have about $35K in loans from undergrad). What do you guys think? Any advice would be appreciated.

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