What colleges should I go to for my bachelors degree and possibly grad school

posted 3 years ago in College
Post # 3
4762 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Most importantly, what was your SAT score and high school and AA GPA? Unfortunately you can’t just choose one Smile

Post # 6
10384 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Interior design isn’t something typically taught at major 4-year universities. You’d likely need a for-profit school for something like that. Graphic design might be easier to pin down.

Your “wants but can live without” list are typically only found in the liberal coastal states. Florida and North Carolina might be places you can find warmth and nice beaches, but not tons of culture. Aquariums don’t typically let people swim with their fish, and don’t usually have dolphins. Obviously Kentucky, Tennesse, Ohio, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Colorado, and Utah won’t have beaches. It gets quite cold in Ohio and Indiana in the winter, as well.

Really, you should be choosing location for the school and program, not this huge list of desires. That can come after when you are ready to settle down and build a career. You’ll be so busy studying that you won’t exactly be spending every afternoon touring estates, hitting the water park, and swimming with dolphins. I would look at what schools are ranked best for what you want to study, see if your grades, transfer credits, and scores will allow you to meet their standards and go from there.

And honestly, from your list of “wants” you’re actually most interested in living in a large California city. It’s a shame you’re throwing away such amazing locales because you are limiting yourself to locations where everyone is the same as you politically.

Post # 8
10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I am a Canadian… and a Travel Nut (Mr TTR & I are semi-retired… we travel A LOT)

Of the list you’ve given strictly speaking on which are my favourite States, and which might offer the most of what you are looking for… (agree with other Bees, quite short sighted… “going off to school” is truly meant to SEE the world… EXPAND one’s horizons… and not to LIMIT THEM)

My first choice would be North Carolina (beach to mountains).  And also home to the Biltmore.  I’d be looking for something in the Tri-City area.

Second up… Georgia.  Savannah in particular, IMO one of the most gorgeous Cities in all of North America.  They also have an incredible Arts Community & School of Design there.

Third up… South Carolina.  Charleston would be awesome, and most of your needs could be met nearby from historic properties (Charleston – Ashley River Historic Plantations – Georgetown – and less than 2 Hours to Myrtle Beach that has ALL the entertainment a gal could ever hope for)

Fourth up… Florida.  And again I’d be looking towards Historic locations… St Augustine is awesome.  As is The Keys… not sure what they have that far south in regards to Education, but it is an amazing part of “Non-America” America.

ALL of these Destinations have a lot of fabulous attributes… but from a Geography perspective the further south & coastal you go, the less you are going to get rolling hillsides etc.

Hope this helps (somewhat),

EDIT TO ADD – And for the record a good deal of America gets quite cool, cold, or FREEZING during the Winter Months.  There are no Guarantees unless you are South of Fort Lauderdale, Florida that things will stay above Freezing 32 F / 0 C.  ALL of these States can and do have snow… maybe not a lot but it happens.

What you might want to do, is learn more about the Geography (and other qualities) of each… if you can’t afford to visit, you can certainly learn a lot by reading / research.  Wikipedia or Tourism Websites are a good place to start.


Post # 9
4540 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Royalton White Sands

Honestly, you need to be choosing a school based on what kind of education it’s going to give you (for example, I’m an Early Childhood Education major and go to the top school for Education in Georgia) and not all the things you can do. I don’t think anywhere is going to meet your long lists of wants. 

It sounds like having a good time is more important to you than school.

Post # 10
4043 posts
Honey bee

@outgoingcutie15:  I would definitely focus on bringing up your gpa. That will determine what schools will accept you. I live in Colorado and it is a great combination of affordable living and things to do if you like the outdoors and mid-size cities.

Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder and Fort Collins have a variety of colleges in them and have lots of things to do. Obviously there are no real beaches (there are a few reservoirs), but there are zoos, aquariums, museums, lots of breweries, and the weather is fairly mild throughout the year. Winters have been fairly mild lately, lows in the 30’s, but still over 300 days of sunshine. Colorado has lots of mountains (great for camping, skiing, biking) and is overall a very beautiful state.

As another PP said, interior design is not typically offered at most 4 year universities. Usually you have to go to a for profit or school of arts. Graphic design can be found at some schools, but not a lot depending on where you look.

As far as your political musts, I would say it will vary from city to city. For example, Colorado Springs is very conserative/republican, where Denver is the exact opposite. Honestly, how much does that really matter to you? Unless you plan on getting involved in a political career (which it doesn’t seem like), I would think that would be lower on the priority list for most people.

Regardless, figure out what kind of program/education you want first, then narrow down the locations. That will help ensure you are pursuing the right path and have the best fit. In the end, the education you receive is what matters, not the political atmosphere, fun things to do or places to hang out. Yes, those things make your experience more enjoyable, but academics and education should take a higher priority.

Post # 13
1340 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@outgoingcutie15:  You’re going to have a hard time withthat GPA, so I’d be working on improving it.

Most people I know go to the school that grants them the most financial aid. My sister had her heart set on a certain school but changed her mind when she was offered 75% tuition at a local school.

Don’t spend a lot of money. Seriously. Student loans for the rest of your adult life sucks and degrees don’t equal instant employment.

Post # 14
4540 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Royalton White Sands

@outgoingcutie15:  You’ll find clubs and organizations at any major university… but beaches, mountains, a zoo, an aquarium that’ll let you swim with dolphins, mansions with tours… all of that is going to be impossible to find. 

Make a list of ~3 priorities (The degree programs you’re looking for, weather, a certain club… whatever) and then try to find 3-4 schools that meet those criteria. Then see how many of the other things they have, and try to go visit to get a feel for the campus.

Post # 16
300 posts
Helper bee

Given your GPA at a community college, maybe you should look for a bachelor’s program in an area that doesn’t have so many fun things to do as you are listing.  To be bluntly honest, if you’re only able to get a 2.5 in community college, you’re not going to get into grad school unless you make some major changes to your study habits and focus on your education.  As it is, the location of your bachelor’s is going to be mostly determined by what colleges will accept a person who isn’t demonstrating a commitment to academics at the community college level.  You have big dreams, surely you can put more of yourself into achieving them.

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