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Author: NaggingFool Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 8174  
Subject: Re: college choice Date: 6/30/1999 11:49 AM
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(Didn't colleges want to know about your decision in May?)

Here's what comes to mind for me:

-You probably shouldn't go to a college you don't like.
Then again, I think the point of college is as much social and emotional as vocational. What do you like more about Baruch?

-You can probably transfer from Columbia to Baruch more easily than from Baruch to Columbia.

-Can you defer your Columbia acceptance for a year and then go to Baruch, thus keeping your options open?

-Would you rather be the smartest person in your class, or surrounded by people who are smarter than you?

-Columbia is likely to have many more international students and students from a variety of US locales (although there are so many types of people in NYC this may not be an issue).

-Columbia probably has a better library, computer facilities, athletic facilities, and laboratory facilities. Also probably a greater variety of extraciricular activies.

-Baruch probably has a wider age-range of students.

-If you're pursuing certain fields, who you study with as an undergraduate might be valuable to your chances to get into graduate school. In other fields, you might be better off getting more personal attention which might be available at Baruch.

-If you go to an Ivy League school it will be impressive on your resume early on. But this wears off within about 5 years.

So here are my conclusions:

-You can learn lots of good stuff at either place.
-Your diploma will cost a lot less at Baruch.
-You will probably have fewer options available to you at Baruch.

Think about what you want.
Find out about deferring your Columbia acceptance to keep your options open.
Investigate the options available to you in potential careers.

Oh, and my disclaimers.

I went to Harvard (and a prep school before that) with substantial scholarships and loans. All of the colleges I considered were Ivy's or near Ivy's. If I had gone to a smaller or state school I probably would have learned a lot more math (my major. Shh, don't tell JABoa :-). But I wouldn't trade my college experience for anything. For me it's all about the people I met. Not in the networking sense, but in meeting people with common interests and intellect from all over the world and becoming friends for life.

-Megan
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