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Post by PwrOf4 » 24 Jun 2009, 00:24

So it's time for me to start applying to college, just one year left of High School :shock: :shock: :?
Out of curiosity is anyone else in the same stage as me, and if so what colleges do you plan to apply to?
Well my list is basically colleges either in the US or UK, my list so far consists of reaches and safeties...
My list consists of (in order of wanting to go there):
  • Harvard
    St. Andrews (UK)
    Royal Holloway (UK)
    Yale
    Brown
    NYU
    Columbia
    South-Bank London (UK)
    Northwestern
Basically this is just a list that my college counselor and I drew up... Wondering if anyone else is applying to, have went to, or is already going to any of these colleges :)
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Very prestigious schools you have there. :)
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DMM200 wrote:Very prestigious schools you have there. :)
LOL, aiming for the top.... A year ago I didn't even think about what colleges I wanted to go... And then one day I saw Harvard and other than it's name and prestige and stellar academics, it felt so right (blah blah blah :rolling: ) But it really seems like my top top choice even if the acceptance rate is like 6% :S
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Post by Aaron Robinson » 24 Jun 2009, 01:15

Which are the safeties? (I don't know the U.K. reputations, but none of the U.S. ones are safeties--maybe NYU for some.)
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Post by PwrOf4 » 24 Jun 2009, 01:24

Aaron Robinson wrote:Which are the safeties? (I don't know the U.K. reputations, but none of the U.S. ones are safeties--maybe NYU for some.)
-NYU is a safety for me
Other ones include:
  • -Syracuse
    -Connecticut College (aka. Conn College)
    -Boston College
    -Univ. of Rochester
I'm not sure, cause if I don't get into to my top 3 colleges (of choice not ranking) then I would most likely go to the UK (if I get accepted to any)

Also I forgot 2 other UK colleges
  • -Univ. of Edinburgh
    -Univ. of Manchester
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Post by Dennis » 24 Jun 2009, 03:13

Being accepted is one thing, affording it is another. This is a lesson I had to learn in order to study. I wanted to be a pilot but the college program for aviation costs $25K: honestly, too young to be with debts and bills and loans. I wanted to go to the US or maybe a foreign college as an exchange student...tuition kept me from going.
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Post by NWADC9 » 24 Jun 2009, 03:26

I'm going to a community college for that very reason. I would've gone to a four-year like WMU or K-State, but I don't have hundreds of thousands of dollars, not to mention moving costs and the like. Even the one 30 minutes up the road (they partner with another community college for flying, and you have a dual major in business and aviation) is still expensive. So instead of $100,000, I will only pay $30,000, and come out with a commercial license with IFR and multi-engine ratings and about 220 hours under my belt - all in two years. The Batchelors (if I ever decide on getting one) would be a Business major at Robert Morris 15 minutes away from home sweet home.
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Post by PwrOf4 » 24 Jun 2009, 03:46

Yeah a lot of people often have similar issues, though many colleges have WONDERFUL financial air programs, for example, Harvard lets students attend for free if they or their parents make less than $60,000 a year.... More and more colleges are really understanding the ordeal for many families of having to pay for their son or daughter's college, more so if he or she wants to do specialized programs such as pre-Med.... I fortunately don't have that ordeal and my high school tuition alone is almost 25K :shocked: :shocked: Though what's more shocking is that my school isn't even the most expensive in the city coming from Manhattan some families pay up to $60,000 a year per child : :shock: :shock: :shocked: My only struggle is being able to squeeze in the SATs and 3 SAT IIS....
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PwrOf4 wrote:Yeah a lot of people often have similar issues, though many colleges have WONDERFUL financial air programs, for example, Harvard lets students attend for free if they or their parents make less than $60,000 a year.... More and more colleges are really understanding the ordeal for many families of having to pay for their son or daughter's college, more so if he or she wants to do specialized programs such as pre-Med.... I fortunately don't have that ordeal and my high school tuition alone is almost 25K :shocked: :shocked: Though what's more shocking is that my school isn't even the most expensive in the city coming from Manhattan some families pay up to $60,000 a year per child : :shock: :shock: :shocked: My only struggle is being able to squeeze in the SATs and 3 SAT IIS....
Hehe, Long Island isn't so pretty either.
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Post by caps1237 » 24 Jun 2009, 06:49

What are you thinking of studying Nodar? While Harvard is a great school, if you're looking at say, journalism, Syracuse can kick the pants ff just about anyone. The schools you apply to generally depend on what you're interested in. But if you don't know the exact field you like, I would suggest something that's strong in many categories, which many of the school you chose have.

Also, I would suggest UPenn. Its par with the schools you're looking at, and I've heard nothing but nice things about the people there. In addition, if you're interested in engineering or business, MIT is a good choice as well. Top 5 in either category there.

Good luck! Let us know of anymore questions you've got. :)
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Post by PwrOf4 » 24 Jun 2009, 21:22

caps1237 wrote:What are you thinking of studying Nodar? While Harvard is a great school, if you're looking at say, journalism, Syracuse can kick the pants ff just about anyone. The schools you apply to generally depend on what you're interested in. But if you don't know the exact field you like, I would suggest something that's strong in many categories, which many of the school you chose have.

Also, I would suggest UPenn. Its par with the schools you're looking at, and I've heard nothing but nice things about the people there. In addition, if you're interested in engineering or business, MIT is a good choice as well. Top 5 in either category there.

Good luck! Let us know of anymore questions you've got. :)
Well I'm somewhat undecided but I have 3 possibilities of what I would want to do:
  • -Double Major in Biology and History/Political Science
    -Pre-Med
    -Veterinary Science
Now I know John Hopkins is amazing for anything science, but I really just don't like it that much.... I'm just wondering has anyone ever double-majored. I know it depends on what your two majors are studying, but how difficult would you say it is?

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Post by RatherBFlyin » 24 Jun 2009, 21:48

Wait, what's this about Harvard not charging tuition if you earn less than $60k per year? That's a new one. Perhaps it's time I went back to college and finally finished a bloody degree.

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Post by PwrOf4 » 24 Jun 2009, 21:50

RatherBFlyin wrote:Wait, what's this about Harvard not charging tuition if you earn less than $60k per year? That's a new one. Perhaps it's time I went back to college and finally finished a bloody degree.
Yeah I was quite amazed my self, it's a new policy only implemented about a few years ago
The “Zero to 10 Percent Standard”: Harvard’s new financial aid policy dramatically reduces the amount families with incomes below $180,000 will be expected to pay. Families with incomes above $120,000 and below $180,000 and with assets typical for these income levels will be asked to pay 10 percent of their incomes. For those with incomes below $120,000, the family contribution percentage will decline steadily from 10 percent, reaching zero for those with incomes at $60,000 and below. For example, a typical family making $120,000 will be asked to pay approximately $12,000 for a child to attend Harvard College, compared with more than $19,000 under existing student aid policies. For a typical family with $180,000 of income, the payment would be approximately $18,000, compared with more than $30,000 today. The new standard reduces the cost to families by one-third to one-half, making the price of a Harvard education for students on financial aid comparable to the cost of in-state tuition and fees at the nation’s leading public universities. The new initiative also establishes a standard that students and their families can easily understand.
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Post by RatherBFlyin » 24 Jun 2009, 21:53

Wow, now that's impressive. Kudos to Harvard for that policy. I'm assuming they are referring to full-time, on-campus students, though.

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Post by caps1237 » 24 Jun 2009, 22:37

PwrOf4 wrote:
caps1237 wrote:What are you thinking of studying Nodar? While Harvard is a great school, if you're looking at say, journalism, Syracuse can kick the pants ff just about anyone. The schools you apply to generally depend on what you're interested in. But if you don't know the exact field you like, I would suggest something that's strong in many categories, which many of the school you chose have.

Also, I would suggest UPenn. Its par with the schools you're looking at, and I've heard nothing but nice things about the people there. In addition, if you're interested in engineering or business, MIT is a good choice as well. Top 5 in either category there.

Good luck! Let us know of anymore questions you've got. :)
Well I'm somewhat undecided but I have 3 possibilities of what I would want to do:
  • -Double Major in Biology and History/Political Science
    -Pre-Med
    -Veterinary Science
Now I know John Hopkins is amazing for anything science, but I really just don't like it that much.... I'm just wondering has anyone ever double-majored. I know it depends on what your two majors are studying, but how difficult would you say it is?

Thanks for all the feedback so far! :) :) :)
Well, it depends on what the two majors are. Generally, if they're in the same college withing the university, it'll be easier because there will be some overlap, but if they're two separate colleges, it'll be harder since more core classes will need to be taken. Generally, when I've heard people double-majoring, they're either working their butt off for four years, or taking things at a better pace for five. It can be done...its just a decent challenge.
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Post by Blackhawk » 25 Jun 2009, 10:16

Well, I'm not exactly in high school anymore, but I've been looking at places to continue my education. I haven't done too much research on schools that offer the major I would like to take (Fire Science), but we'll see.
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Post by sanins192 » 29 Jun 2009, 14:57

I've got one more year to finish my A-Levels (finished mandatory education last year). After that I can either go to uni, or take a Year in Industry (basically a gap year but you get paid for it and you get good business links within the engineering industry). I will be applying to do Engineering (specialising in Aeronautical Engineering). I will be applying to Cambridge, Imperial College, London and I haven't finalised my other four options yet.
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Post by RatherBFlyin » 30 Jun 2009, 03:08

Very nice. Wish I could afford to move to Europe.

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Post by FlyingKLMAaron » 03 Jul 2009, 02:41

I actually just finished the whole process. I applied to Manhattanville which is in New York, pretty easy to get into. But I'm going to the University of Texas at Austin. Remember its ok to get rejected if you do, its not the end of the world. Don't take it too hard on yourself. But with the list of schools that you have there it seems like you should do fine.
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Post by goleafsgo » 03 Jul 2009, 20:24

very impressive list you have there!
I'm going to algonquin college in ottawa ont, for aviation management in the fall and have no idea how i'm going to pay for it lol! They said that the entire course is about $50,000 canadian plus residence for 16 months! I was hoping to be able to come home and work for the summer but the course runs through the summer so that's out the window :rmad: I get 250 hours flying, a commercial licence and multi-ifr rating plus either a float rating, instructor rating, or multi-crew rating.
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