I've got a 16-year old who has got some ambition in her and decided she wants to do the finance/investment banker thing. She has decided to try to get in to one of the North-eastern small liberal arts colleges. We've visited a bunch (Colby, Vassar, Middlebury, Swarthmore, Tufts) and she really digs Vassar and Colby. Her grades are pretty good, she's a jock (the soccer coaches have been very supportive) so she can probably get in. Thing is, as a Canadian I know exactly one person who has been to a college of this type. This colleague of mine went to Swarthmore and pretty much describes her years there as the defining part of her life. As a foreign student, my daughter is not going to get a whole lot of financial aid and we are looking somewhere between $150-200K for the whole deal. We can probably scrape this together but this is about double what we had planned to spend for her education.
If you went there, did you feel that it was worth it?