Where do/did/will you go to college?

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Been given an offer from Bristol University for biomedical sciences. Im very happy with this. I aim to become a hemotologist. Bristol is a lovely place.

Got an offer from Cambridge University (Churchill College) for Natural Sciences, provided I get an A* in A level chemistry I'm going there.

If I don't, at the moment I'm choosing between Theoretical Physics at Durham or Manchester for my insurance offer (both have offered me AA)

Well, for all of you Ausfags, I got an OP of 18 (That roughly translates to "FUCKING TERRIBLE").

And yet, I am in QUT in Brisbane. I was offered 3 scholarships from QUT, and I was even offered one from Griffith, a Uni that I have no interest in.

WHOOP WHOOP

I will be attending Kent State University and I will be majoring in Zoology, and minoring in psychology! Don't stress out about making a decision just yet, I didn't make up my mind until like September and I'm a senior in high school. :)

I went to Kutztown University of Pennsylvania (state school) to get my bachelor's in fine art. Then I went to Texas and got my master's in interactive technology from Southern Methodist University (The Guildhall).

I also went to the Defense Language Institute when I was in the army for Mandarin Chinese, that was sort of like college.

Speaking as a high school student: Planning to go, have no fucking clue where and for what.

Lizardon:
I'm about to start my second year at the University of Western Australia doing a Bachelor of Science. I'm enjoying it so far, although my low grades in first year was a bit of a kick up the arse. At high school, I did no study outside of class and graduated in the top 5% of the state. It seems University won't be quite as easy.

hey did they change the TEE systm? to somthing else (tertiary entrance exam) where you used to get a sore out of 100? I think they did as I left in 2009

also If I were going to UWA Id join the pantomine club...seems like fun (they put on plays, ive been to a few and its hilarious, my cousin is in it)

*sigh* somtimes I feel liek Im missing out of fun stuff like that

Vault101:

Lizardon:
I'm about to start my second year at the University of Western Australia doing a Bachelor of Science. I'm enjoying it so far, although my low grades in first year was a bit of a kick up the arse. At high school, I did no study outside of class and graduated in the top 5% of the state. It seems University won't be quite as easy.

hey did they change the TEE systm? to somthing else (tertiary entrance exam) where you used to get a sore out of 100? I think they did as I left in 2009

also If I were going to UWA Id join the pantomine club...seems like fun (they put on plays, ive been to a few and its hilarious, my cousin is in it)

*sigh* somtimes I feel liek Im missing out of fun stuff like that

Yeah they changed it and I was the first year to go through the new system. It's not that different asides from some name changes. You still get given a score/rank like before. It's not technically out of 100 though, the highest is 99.95. An ATAR (Australian Tertiary Entrance Rank) of 80.00 indicates that you've performed well enough in the HSC to place you in the top 20%. So a score of 100 would mean you are the top 0%.

And the Pantomine club does seem like a lot of fun. I went to their last performance, a combination of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hide with Dr Seuss, and it was very funny. Not sure if I have what it takes to participate so I'm just going to watch them.

So while you may be missing out on some fun stuff, you are also missing out on boring lectures, assignments, exams and study. Sadly, it's not all fun and games.

Lizardon:

Vault101:

Lizardon:
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hey did they change the TEE systm? to somthing else (tertiary entrance exam) where you used to get a sore out of 100? I think they did as I left in 2009

also If I were going to UWA Id join the pantomine club...seems like fun (they put on plays, ive been to a few and its hilarious, my cousin is in it)

*sigh* somtimes I feel liek Im missing out of fun stuff like that

Yeah they changed it and I was the first year to go through the new system. It's not that different asides from some name changes. You still get given a score/rank like before. It's not technically out of 100 though, the highest is 99.95. An ATAR (Australian Tertiary Entrance Rank) of 80.00 indicates that you've performed well enough in the HSC to place you in the top 20%. So a score of 100 would mean you are the top 0%.
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holy shit! that one was the best one Ive seen so far (My cousin was the Victorian doctor)

the next one I think is some thing to do with the godfather

hmmmm it seems funny having it out of 99.95 or whatever, but "eh" (a score of 100 peobably shows youve cheated and your an idiot :P )

anyway, I know that, its just that whole "uni" thing with making freinds and doing fun stuff, anyway for some people it doesnt turn out that way anyway

thanks for the info!

If you live in Texas, you could always go to Rice. It is a very demanding school intellectually but that is a good thing.

BA in Social Anthropology at University of Kent at Canterbury, UK
MSc in Management w/Corporate Governance & Ethics at Birkbeck College, University of London, UK

Both are great, but London is really expensive.

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Jedoro:
Go somewhere you'll get a full scholarship, so you don't end up in any debt.

Me? I'm attending Middle Tennessee State University. Nothing special for someone who graduated high school with a 3.6 GPA and 32 on the ACT, but hey, it's free if I keep a 3.0.

Honestly, though, I'm kind of enjoying security work, hopefully moreso now that I'm gonna get my armed license soon. Just remember Uni's not for everyone, and that it's not the only way to a good life.

Wow, never thought I'd meet a Blue Raider on the Escapist.

I'm actually going to go to University of Tennessee Knoxville. Don't know a thing about it but it'll be cheap.

ProfessorLayton:

Jedoro:
Go somewhere you'll get a full scholarship, so you don't end up in any debt.

Me? I'm attending Middle Tennessee State University. Nothing special for someone who graduated high school with a 3.6 GPA and 32 on the ACT, but hey, it's free if I keep a 3.0.

Honestly, though, I'm kind of enjoying security work, hopefully moreso now that I'm gonna get my armed license soon. Just remember Uni's not for everyone, and that it's not the only way to a good life.

Wow, never thought I'd meet a Blue Raider on the Escapist.

I'm actually going to go to University of Tennessee Knoxville. Don't know a thing about it but it'll be cheap.

Eh, there's bound to be at least one, right? Might actually be three, my best friend @Jerich0 is also a Blue Raider. Don't know if he attends MTSU, but I went to high school with @MortisLegio

I can think of one person I know that goes to UTK, haven't asked her about it, though.

I go to a small technical college in my hometown known as the Erie Institute of Technology and I am studying Networking Database. It's a good little college and I have a class size of 8 people and we are all good friends and the teachers are good so I am very happy there :P

Glass Joe the Champ:
Hey guys, I'm a Junior in high school, and I just got back from a few college visits, and I was just wondering where people are/did/plan to go to college and what they major/majored/plan to major in.

Personally, I want to be an engineer of some sort, and I'm hoping to make it into Stanford or Berkeley, but that's probably not going to happen. I have an SAT score of 2220 which is good, but I'm nowhere near the top of my class. I'll probably end up just going to a state school like A&M since I live in Texas. :/

So what colleges are you guys looking at, attending or attended?

I'm currently attending the University of Utah and will graduate in May with a B.S. in Biology, two Minors in English Literature and Chemistry, and an Emphasis in Organismal Form and Function.

An SAT of 2200 is excellent, but most colleges will look at GPA, SAT, and any essays you're asked to write. They may not put a huge emphasis on numbers because a person fresh out of High School has absolute bat-shit all idea of what they really want to do and how to handle college courses while managing any semblance of a social life.

Most don't. There is a very, very high dropout rate for just about every college but the top tiers. My own has a nearly 71% dropout rate, but it's slightly less for my Major (however, there is a high amount of attrition for any science-related degree).

The biggest question you should be asking yourself if you plan to go to college is this:

Do I plan to attend Graduate school, or do I want to get a job as soon as I have my degree?

If you want to attend Grad school, then you need to plan for it from the beginning. Volunteer hours, leadership hours, research hours, or start buddying up with Professors you like (and who like you) to pursue personal goals and projects. There are a lot more degrees that will find success in Grad school than there are that will find success in the job world with a B.S.

Degrees that work well for making money without attending Grad school tend towards Software Engineer/Programming/Accounting/Engineering/Business/Law. Despite what many may tell you, with a B.S. in Physics/Chemistry/Biology you're options are usually limited to labwork, a few research positions, teaching, and if you're lucky - hired by somebody to keep an eye on something (think Marine Biologist). Those degrees practically require Grad school if you're not pre-Professional (that is: Pre-Nursing, Pre-Medical, etc.) to make any decent money.

In addition; where you go should be where you feel like you'll be able to do well and get a decent education. The Ivy League names still hold some sway, and the big players like MIT will hold sway because of the sheer amount of scientific research that occurs there - but if you're not planning to socialize your way into a job, most employers don't pay a lot of attention to where the degree is from. There are over 2,000 accredited Colleges/Universities in the United States; only a handful will grab someone's attention. The University of Utah's hospital was rated the top for patient care in 2010, we're a Research 1 school, and ranked in the Top 50 in the nation - but it's a public University with a 35k student body. We even have a Nobel Prize Winner on staff, but that stuff doesn't come up on resumes.

After you know whether or not you want to attend Grad school, have a prospective Major (which will probably change; most peoples' do), and find a school, you're pretty much on autopilot for several years. You go to class, finish homework, take tests, gripe about bad Professors, and pound enough literature through your skull (to be later forgotten three weeks after the course ends) to keep the Olympic flame burning for a decade or two.

Enjoy the trip. The pride and honor that comes with a degree is still there, but these days you have to force yourself to achieve it. Don't settle for just the courses and a few hours of volunteer or service work. Really dig in and make yourself proud.

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Reed College. Land of the crazy, the nerdy, the hippie, and the all-night every-night homework party.

I'm current part-time at Coleg Gwent, Pontypool and part-time at the University of Wales, Newport - making me a full-time higher education student. Degree in Computer Forensics.
I can't complain :D

Everything's spelled right, "Coleg" is welsh for "College" and that's its official name.

Reading (Cybernetics) and Leicester (Pharm. Chem.), though I'm taking a Maths degree part time with the OU at the minute.

Studying at the University of Toronto - didn't really care to move out. Studying all sorts of things - History, Philosophy, Psychology, Political Science, Classics, etc.

Waiting on a letter from University of Minnesota: Twin Cities. If that doesn't work out, I really have no idea but probably somewhere out of state. I want to go into Linguistics, possibly double major with English.

TopazFusion:
NorthTec, North Island, New Zealand.

And I bet no one here has ever heard of the place.

Damn Straight.

Tertiary Institutes stop at Massey.

I went to entertainment school called Full Sail University. I graduated with a Bachelors Degree is Film/TV Broadcasting. Some of the best damn years of my life and they instructed you in a way that made someone like me (who is more visually/hands on learning) become very good at what I do.

Hours were crazy though, I once did a 4 hour lecture followed by an 8 hour lab, followed by a 19 hour music video gig (optional, but it looks good an a resume so I took it). All geeks, had fricken video game room with theme songs ringing in the halls. It was awesome.

Course now with tuition cost its up to around 100k so yea, not for people who are broke.

I did attend Trinity College, Dublin and was doing Medicinal Chemistry; I did dismally at it, and ended up dropping out after several wasted years. I'm currently attending Dublin Institute of Technology doing a part-time course in Information Systems and Information Technology; I appear to be immediately more proficient at it.

Went to University of California, San Diego - Muir College class of 2003. Majored in Interdisciplinary Computing in the Arts and Music. I also got a Minor in theatre because I only needed 8 credits (2 classes) to graduate during my fourth year and I filled the rest of my schedule with theatre classes.

I did see quite a few AWESOME toys that the structural engineers get to play with.

BlackStar42:
Currently studying Chemistry at Reading, England. So far, pretty good, but carbonyl chemistry is a major pain in the arse.

No no nononono, carbonyl chemistry is GLORIOUS. DEAR LORD, I LOVE IT SO.

Attending the University of Sheffield and currently doing a year abroad in China for the second course of a four year Chines studies course.

It's ok but I would like to see some more communication between staff and students than I am now.

I am currently studying aeropace engineering at Wichita State University. I have been getting bogged down in some of the classwork and attempting to balance it while working full time. I love the material though, so I plan to stick with it. I may not graduate in 4 years though since I am having to pay my own way - one class at a time.

Goldsmiths university, I did anthropology. I got a 2:1. It was an overrated experience.

I now study Physical sciences at the OU, it is awesome

University of South Carolina (The USC, haha, go Cocks! :P)

Pre-law and learning German

Launcelot111:

robot slipper:

Ricky 49:
I go to Brighton University in... Brighton, England.
I study the history of philosophy
i got well under the grades needed but i wowed em on the interview :)

Yeeeah represent! I went to Brighton Uni 2001-2004 and studied Biomedical Science. Loved Brighton so much that I still live here now!

Question for the US-ians: What's the difference between a "state" university and a... "not-state" university. For example, University of Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State University. Is it the type of courses? Or the prestige? I watch college football, so I have always wondered this.

They're both public universities. The "State" title doesn't innately mean anything in terms of quality of classes or whatnot. Most states have many public universities, the public just means that the school gets some public funding and then offers better tuition rates to in-state students typically. The names typically don't represent anything about the school unless it's to represent something about the school's area of expertise (eg. Virginia Tech or Texas A&M).

That said, it generally works out that most "University of X" schools are better than "X State University." The only exception I can think of off the top of my head is Ohio State

Interesting! I didn't realise the thing about tuition rates. I did understand the obvious difference of Something Tech, similarly, the University of Brighton used to be called "Brighton Polytechnic" (which sounds somewhat like a night club). Most of the people I went to uni with were doing things like sciences, engineering, midwifery etc., whereas people going to the nearby University of Sussex were doing things like languages and history (YAWN!).

BlackStar42:

Napierdalac:

BlackStar42:

Wait wait wait. You get PAID to study in Denmark? Over here it's the other bloody way around!

Indeed we do.. The goverment pays us around 5500 danish kroner (little less than 1000 USD) per month, while studying. It's not much, but it pays rent, food, beer and my car.. If we need more money, we can borrow from the state, at a very low rate also.

Any idea whether or not I'd get that if I went to study in Denmark as part of ERASMUS?

Actually I'm not that much into the rules for international students. All I know is that, in general you won't get the SU (Statens Uddannelsestøtte - State educational support). You can however still apply for it. The rules are a bit complicated, and for good reason I haven't really looked it up ;)

But if you're seriously considering it (and I hope that you do - DTU is a freaking awesome place to study!) you can have a look here.
http://www.dtu.dk/English/education/Exchange.aspx
And here is SU.
http://www.su.dk/English/Sider/foreign.aspx

If you ever decide to try it out, there are some real good dorms on campus and right next to. And they're ok cheap.

Feel free to ask more, and I will try my best to answer.. :)

hulksmashley:
Just a suggestion, if I were you I'd go to a state school like Texas A&M for your bachelor's degree. It's much more affordable, because they will offer you more in scholarship money. Then you can go to an expensive school like Berkley or MIT for your graduate studies. Also a tip, I've heard Texas A&M is really really racist, so if your not able to deal with that I'd go to UT.

(I assume you want to pursue graduate studies. People who want to go to very difficult prestigious schools usually do.)

I personally went to LSU for free and am a couple of months away from a degree in Civil Engineering.

I've visited A&M and I wouldn't say it's racist, just really conservative, religious, militaristic, mostly white, homophobic, close-minded, and a bit cult-like. I'd love to go to UT, but I've heard the engineering program isn't quite as good, and it's more expensive than A&M, so I'm not sure yet.

robot slipper:
similarly, the University of Brighton used to be called "Brighton Polytechnic" (which sounds somewhat like a night club). Most of the people I went to uni with were doing things like sciences, engineering, midwifery etc., whereas people going to the nearby University of Sussex were doing things like languages and history (YAWN!).

LOL... I went to Sussex Uni for my PG master's in ChemBio, so I was surrounded by chemists, spectroscopists and ecologists!

Though UoS is known for its humanities faculty... (which I didn't associate with in any capacity... -_- )

I'm about to begin my 3rd year of a Bachelor of IT and Systems at Monash Uni, Caulfield campus, in Victoria, Australia. I'm majoring in Applications Development, and so far I've enjoyed most of the degree (Project Management might be a necessary skill, but it's damn tedious). It's a welcome change from what I was studying a few years ago, which was Arts with an English major at the Clayton campus of the same uni. I've found programming and messing around with computers to be much more interesting and engaging than researching and writing essays.

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