What college to choose (again)...

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  1. rontheancient macrumors regular

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    Ok, all my acceptance letters have come in (7/17 colleges accepted) and I have narrowed it down to three: UC Riverside, UC Davis, University of Washington-Seattle and I want to choose one that will most help with my major (aerospace eng.). This is what I can see:

    Riverside: Accepted into honors program, close to home, engineering program looks good. Ranked 38 by US News

    Davis: Newer facilities. Farther from home but not too far, Honors program looks more helpful than that of Riverside. Not much info on academics. Will visit this week. Ranked 15 by US News

    UW: Out-of-state tuiton will kill me, no CalGrant. Boeing is in the neighborhood (internship?). I love Seattle, but a little far from home. Did not get into honors program (but it did look good) Ranked 10 by US News

    In your opinion, which college is best to help toward my major? If you recently attended or are attending these colleges, I would like your opinion.

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  2. Peyton macrumors 68000

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    I have only heard great things about washington-seattle. I do want to say though, that more and more, undergraduate college is becoming the equivalent to highschool 20-30 years ago. Just about everyone has a degree in SOMETHING. So seriously, while you seem very bright, undergrad isn't exactly that important. Do well where ever you go, but its grad school and what you do afterwards that will set you apart. I'm saying this because you shouldn't think as I did...

    "oh if I don't get in/go here than my whole life is going down the drain. You can transfer undergrads if you HAVE to, but pick the one you felt most comfortable in when visiting, go, get out, and then focus on grad school.

    This coming from a graduating senior this May :D

    Good luck
     
  3. cycocelica macrumors 68000

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    I love Seattle. Granted I go to Washington State University (cross state rivals) but I have many friends who go there and it is a good school. I could go on about how WSU is better but I wont. Adventure out of where you live. Going some place new is sometimes the best thing you can do. Seattle is a great town, but the city doesnt really back up the school, it is just too big. But the people there are nice (as long as they have had their morning coffee). I would highly suggest going Greek as you would make many more friends sinced you will be out of state. Chi Psi or Pi Kappa Phi are two great fraternities to check out.

    Also you dont want to live in SoCal your whole life, its not healthy :) But really, the change is good and Seattle is a wonderful city.
     
  4. goodtimes5 macrumors 6502a

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    Don't go to Riverside. It will mean nothing when you're looking for a job.
     
  5. devilot Moderator emeritus

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    If you're thinking about going to grad school, I'd say set yourself up for that-- pick a school that will really give you a good undergrad experience including chances for research and close mentorship w/ specific professors (who can then write amazing letters of rec for you if/when you apply to grad school). That's why I'd recommend going somewhere that you've been accepted into the honors program.

    Sorta wish I had done that.

    Also, have you actually visited the campus and surrounding areas of these schools? If not... do it! I think it's really important.
     
  6. baby duck monge macrumors 68000

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    My vote would be for Seattle first (great school, great city). If you can't swing the finances (you can make up for it down the road when you get a good job - not that you wouldn't at one of the other schools, though - and student loan repayment is actually very reasonable), I would go to Davis. That's another good school, and it's nice to be a bit further away from home. Of course, I would say that since I went to school about 1,000 miles away from home, but I promise it's a good thing!
     
  7. rontheancient thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for all the advice,

    I do plan on going to grad school and the idea of getting into a honors program to appeal to grad schools is growning on me.

    I already toured Riverside at one of their engineering open house days and it looks reasonable. Davis I will visit this week. However, Seattle is just too last minute and too expensive ($400 for plane tickets alone).
     
  8. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Taking finances into account, I would definitely say Davis. Riverside is by far the weakest of the UC campuses (not counting Merced yet since they're so small and new).
     
  9. goodtimes5 macrumors 6502a

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    I don't mean to hijack this thread, but I have my own question:

    UC Berkeley or UC San Diego (Revelle College) for a biology major hoping to move on to med school?
     
  10. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Academically, either one is a terrific choice. I would say it should come down to where you feel most comfortable...they're very different schools in many respects...politically, socially, recreationally, etc.
     
  11. thedude110 macrumors 68020

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    San Diego, where you can ditch biology and study poetry.

    All of George's Oppen's mangnficent papers locked away in the UCSD library ...
     
  12. devilot Moderator emeritus

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    goodtimes, I still say you and the OP would benefit from going and visiting these schools in person.

    Cal and UCSD are very different. I would know... I went to Cal my first year, my sister went to UCSD-- we're polar opposites. :p
     
  13. goodtimes5 macrumors 6502a

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    I visited SD already, and I'm visiting Cal later this month. San Diego seems very laid back and comfortable, and I'm expecting Cal to be very studious and etc.
     
  14. devilot Moderator emeritus

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    Er. Not in my personal experience. A ton of hard drug users. A ton of wannabe gangsters getting into the greek life. :rolleyes: I didn't enjoy myself there.
     
  15. jefhatfield Retired

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    i have also heard good things about uw and with boeing there and being the highest ranked of the three, i think it's a no brainer

    as far as everybody having a four year college degree, still only a quarter of the population has a degree and only a quarter of those have anything beyond that level...but it does seem there are a lot of degrees
     
  16. Koodauw macrumors 68040

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    I would check out this thread for some good advice. btw, there is nothing good with going to a good party school. Were #1! We're #1!

    and ps, the real UW is the University of Wisconsin
     
  17. jefhatfield Retired

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    then what about the university of winnepeg, or university of wyoming, or the university of waterloo? ;)
     
  18. cycocelica macrumors 68000

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    no that would be UW-Madison. University of Washington is the real UW.:D
     
  19. me_94501 macrumors 65816

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    Cal's...interesting. It's the only place I know of where the graffiti in the men's room is often politically/philosophically motivated.
     
  20. jefhatfield Retired

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    and don't forget uc santa cruz ;)
     

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