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    Mar 13, 2008 2:20 AM GMT
    k. so here's my deal. in one of my classes this semester we've been discussing why people chose the school they chose. was it because it's close to home? far from home? price was right? friends were going there too?

    RE-EDIT: ok i wanna add something new to this. this is gonna turn into a bit of a marketing concept here.

    if you were to go to a convention of universities trying to recruit you and you'd never heard of any of them. what do you think would entice you the most to apply to any of those schools.


    i chose my school for a couple reasons. first off, one of the others i applied to was sending me on a run-around about whether i got in or not to the point that when they called to tell me i did, i literally thought it was a prank call. secondly, where i am now, is away from home which is nice, but close enough i can sitll hope on the bus and be there ina couple hours.
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    Mar 13, 2008 2:24 AM GMT
    One that some don't think about: some universities cut tuition (usually by half) for students whose family members are faculty members (usually a parent, someone the student is a dependent of).

    I guess that would fit in the financial category.
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    Mar 13, 2008 2:57 AM GMT
    onmyway saidOne that some don't think about: some universities cut tuition (usually by half) for students whose family members are faculty members (usually a parent, someone the student is a dependent of).

    I guess that would fit in the financial category.


    And some universities cut tuition down even further than that. I paid, like, nothing, for that reason...and still racked up student loan debt up to my eyeballs. icon_eek.gif

    I think for highly specialized degrees, it makes sense to choose the school based on its faculty, academic record, etc. I studied English literature...it wasn't quite so crucial that I find just the right program.
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    Mar 13, 2008 3:01 AM GMT
    Basically I chose the best program I could afford. The top factor was program quality, but there was a limiting factor of cost that excluded all schools above a certain price range from any consideration.

    If money was not a factor though I think I would go with program quality first and then use location to differentiate from programs that were equally good. For location something that was about 4 hours driving distance from home would be ideal, and also a school that had nice parks and open spaces near it would be nice, while still not being too far from city stuff.
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    Mar 13, 2008 4:17 AM GMT
    i chose my school just because it was the logical thing to do. im the first in my family to go to college and i didnt know much about the whole process. plus i didnt have much self confidence so i just applied to the university here in town that had like a 99% acceptance rate. at least now im at the top of my class :-P
  • dfrourke

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    Mar 13, 2008 6:25 AM GMT
    I chose the three schools I have been at for VERY different reasons:

    UW-Madison [Go Badgers!]: Close to home, but far enough away for me to be my own person. It was the flagship school for my state. Large "rah-rah" school where I could have fun and be a number. And I went to a music camp there for two weeks [read: gay boys running around everywhere] after a horrific student gov't camp the week before where I was teased as a kid and picked on...

    New York University [Go Bobcats!]: New York City. Urban environment. More of an academic school. Further away from home. New York City.

    San Francisco State University [Go Gators!]: San Francisco. Urban environment. Not New York City. Wanted to get my final degree on the West Coast so I would have a geographically well rounded experience [Midwest, East Coast, West Coast].

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    Mar 13, 2008 9:31 AM GMT
    Its reputation and the campus... CU Boulder has an amazing campus. However, I am looking to transfer icon_sad.gif wish me luck
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    Mar 13, 2008 2:06 PM GMT
    I didn't choose my school originally. My parents chose the uni for me because itw as literally something like a five minutes ride from home. The uni was good though. One of the best actually when it comes to government schools in our region.

    I still liked it though, for simple reasons - it was huge, it had lots of open places, and it was government funded (meaning low tuition with possibility of scholarships - which I got icon_cool.gif easily *hehehehe*)

    When I shifted courses (and schools), I chose another school (a college this time). Because it offered IT courses while still remaining close to home.
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    Mar 13, 2008 3:42 PM GMT
    Mine was a combination of a lot of factors. I choose it because of the good program, the good location, and the liberalness of the campus.

    I had an amazing 4 years of college. Some of the best times of my life!
  • jarhead5536

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    Mar 13, 2008 3:47 PM GMT
    Chose mine to study with a particular artist's studio (I'm a music major) where he was on the faculty...
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    Mar 13, 2008 3:50 PM GMT
    It has the courses I wanted in the right combination and great study abroad options.

    Plus, this was the one university where I had to chase them for my application, not like the other universities where applications were less time consuming. No idea why they were so cavalier about the application process, and was quite happy to enter when they sent the acceptance offer.
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    Mar 13, 2008 3:57 PM GMT
    I chose my school due to finacial aid factors. I didn't even take a campus tour. The community colleges I applied to were slow about getting back to me and by the time they did I had already been accepted to my now alma mater. I payed a "little" more because it is a private college instead of state, and I spent 5 years as a student. I'm still in the same town 5 years later and I have met some really awsome friends both from school and in town. None of my friends from high school went with me,and I'm only 3 hours from my parents/family and there are no family members living within 30 miles of me. icon_smile.gif I had never heard of my college before and I consider myself lucky to have found it.
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    Mar 13, 2008 5:57 PM GMT
    i've updated the question a lil bit. take a look.
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Mar 13, 2008 6:33 PM GMT
    For my undergrad degree, I chose based on the following criteria:

    The school expressed an interest in me. Beyond the obvious impact of getting a full tuition academic scholarship, the school I chose paid half my airfare for me to fly out and interview for the scholarship and spend a couple days on campus. The van that picked me up at the airport also picked up four other students at the same time--and an admissions counselor was in the van who had obviously just read over all five of our applications and transcripts, as she began talking with each of us about specific organizations and programs on campus that would appeal to us individually. The large amount of personalized attention made me feel that I was individually valued, and would be unlikely to fall through the cracks at the school.

    The academic credentials of the school. I knew I'd be going on to some form of graduate work--most likely a PhD but possibly law instead. I figured that it would be much easier to get into the grad program of my choice having a BS from a top-50 university than having one from outside that range.

    The campus. I really wanted to have a true college campus, not buildings interspersed in a city. I know some people prefer that style, but I really appreciated that my campus was distinct from the neighboring parts of the city, and had trees and whatnot.

    Finances. Ideally, they wouldn't really matter, but in reality...not having to pay the university tuition saved me over $85,000. Having that in a merit scholarship, as opposed to need-based grants, was also important to me personally. I almost certainly would have gone to another school if it hadn't been for an offer like that one.

    On the newly edited version of this question, the things that would appeal to me at a convention of universities I hadn't heard of before:

    - Specific policies for accepting AP/IB credit. I felt sandbagged when I found out that although my university had proudly stated that it granted credit for high scores on those exams (3 or better on AP, 5 or better on IB), they didn't actually waive most sequences courses, so I had to repeat a lot of coursework I had already completed and on which I had the highest score possible on the relevant test. I would want a university to tell me what the reality of their acceptance policies are regarding college work taken in high school.

    - Acceptance rates of its previous graduates applying for further education, and which schools were the most frequent destinations of those who went on.

    - Housing situation. What percentage of students live in university housing for 4 years? Of those who don't, what percentage left University housing truly voluntarily, and what percentage were unable to secure spots in the housing lottery?

    - What sorts of study-abroad programs are available? Not only what cities/universities could you spend a semester at, but what sorts of courses would you be able to take there and count toward your program back at home? I would have liked to study abroad, but in the sciences it's often impossible because you have so many required sequential courses that are often not available in study abroad programs.

    - A list of the student clubs and recreational sports available on campus. I'd like to be able to see that there were activities I'd enjoy and be able to meet people with similar interests.
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    Mar 13, 2008 6:59 PM GMT
    My farther wanted me to go to the prestigious institution where his ancestors studied theology and he bought a finance degree in his late forties It's full to the brim of the most pretentious snobs I've ever met. I Took a tour and knew instantly it wasn't or me

    I chose my university because

    1. It really angered him since I made the grades and then some for his university and turned them down
    2. I wanted to study biomedical science and my university is has twice the research funds allocation of any where else in the country and several national research centers
    3. The entire institute and department facilities are brand newly built
    4. It's 20mins from my house and has a huge suburban centralised campus.
    5. It's full of mild mannered slightly bohemian and eccentric student types and friendly similar minded professors

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    Mar 13, 2008 7:15 PM GMT
    I chose to go to my university because it is the best public one in my state (ranked highest on all leading college rankings), also because tuition was free. My university also has a strong athletic program which I like, having won two national college basketball titles and one football title while I am there. I also like the town it is located in, it is right in between from a big city and a small town. The atmosphere and everything is just right for what college is supposed to be.
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    Mar 13, 2008 10:08 PM GMT
    When I applied to university, there were exactly 3 universities in the province that offered the exact program I wanted to do.

    I chose the one that wasn't in Toronto or Windsor.

    Needless to say, I dropped out because I completely hated it there and I'm trying to beg a Toronto university to take me....lol
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    Mar 14, 2008 8:27 AM GMT
    jms84if you were to go to a convention of universities trying to recruit you and you'd never heard of any of them. what do you think would entice you the most to apply to any of those schools.


    It would certainly take a LOT of convincing to make me go to a uni I've never heard of. LOL

    I'd say location (is it out in the jungle or near civilization?), courses offered and the fate of their graduates, pictures of the grounds (I want to see where I could be going), and lastly - tuition.
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    Mar 14, 2008 4:08 PM GMT
    For me the main factor was the quality of the program I wanted to study. Next was how the school fit with my personality (social development is big part of secondary education). Rounding out my top concerns were cost and location. I weighed all the factors and picked my school. It was the only school I applied to, and it was the best four years of my live when I graduated.
  • MattyC0709

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    Mar 24, 2008 8:21 PM GMT
    Here in Malta, we don't have enough room for more than one university!!! After post-secondary, we can either start working, go to MCAST to learn trade work, go to a cooking/catering school or to University (that's where I go!).

    So picking a University in Malta isn't hard at all, lol! icon_biggrin.gificon_lol.gificon_razz.gificon_wink.gif