Sewanee (University of the South) vs. a big in-state school like Alabama or Auburn?
To preface, I was a pretty good high school student that has great test scores and a terrible junior year. I have a 33 on my ACT and I would have had well above a 4.0 GPA had I not gotten a terrible F (in band of all classes!). I've applied to semi targets such as Tulane, UVA, and WashU, but the chances are greatly in favor of me not being admitted to any of them. That leaves me with two possible options: I can go to a large state school like Alabama which has a very large alumni base, or I can go to a smaller liberal arts school like Sewanee that has a very affluent student base and great possibilities for networking. I am wondering which would be better for me to attend if I am hoping to break into IB in some way. I have large scholarships to both, so money should not be an issue.
I'm aware that my best bet is probably transferring after maintaining a high GPA, this is purely in the case that I chose not to for whatever reason.