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What college did you attend/are you attending and why?

Asked by flyawayxxballoon (1352points) August 24th, 2008

What do you like about it, and what’s not-so-great?

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jrpowell's avatar

I did my first two years at Portland Community College. I received an AAOT (PDF). It was cheap and close to my house and the classes usually had 30 people in them. Then I went to Portland State University for a term. Then I went to the University of Oregon to finish my degree. I wasn’t really a fan of the UofO. I just silently put up with it.

marinelife's avatar

University of Washington. Because at the time, it was one of only two colleges offering a bachelor’s degree in Oceanography, and of the two, it was the only one on the water, which seemed like a good idea.

The setting is gorgeous. On the down side, it is a very large, urban university.

dvchuck's avatar

Ball State University because of the strong teacher’s college and music department.

gailcalled's avatar

A fancy women’s college near Boston. I got an extraordinary education but wish that I had been allowed to attend when I was 35 rather than 18. Rigorous liberal arts has held me in good stead in several different disciplines, but all connected to Academia.

jjd2006's avatar

I spent my freshman year at Marymount Manhattan College in NYC and then transferred to Seattle Pacific University in Washington state my sophomore year. I have absolutely loved, loved going to college in big cities. College has been a great way for me to explore different regions of the country and see what life is like elsewhere. If you ask this question as a means of trying to do some decision making of your own, I encourage you to think big in terms of location! College is SUCH a great opportunity to live/study anywhere you want for four years. Take advantage of that!

kelly's avatar

Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, 1967–1972 Chose it because of swimming scholarship and desire to study engineering. Graduated with BS in Industrial Management. At the time it was 10 men to every woman student and that was problematic.

tinyfaery's avatar

I started out at a Cal. State Univ., but transferred to UCLA to finish my B.A. I transferred primarily because I changed my major, but also because I wanted a bigger challenge. Positives: great city, nice campus, renowned professors and departments, uniques program offerings, and lots of pretty people. Negatives: snotty suburbanites from all over CA, too many students that have no life experience, and very little to contribute to discussions, and the general high cost of L.A. living.

srmorgan's avatar

City College of New York, located on St. Nicholas Heights in upper Manhattan,

Founded in 1847 as the Free Academy, CCNY was for many years the real “jewel” of the municipal colleges in New York City. When I attended, 1967 to 1972, there was NO tuition, fees were minimal and books were expensive. A perfect situation for a poor kid like me.

For many years CCNY was called “The Proletarian Harvard” and I feel that I received an education equivalent to any other school in the country.

The downside, a 100% commuter school and we all missed out on the experience of living away at the age of 18, something that I still regret.
But economics dictated the decision and it’s worked out pretty well


whatthefluther's avatar

UCLA…it was local, a beautiful campus with an excellent reputation and was consistently ranked near the top of all public universities. After visiting the campus in my early teens, there was never any doubt that I would attend there, and it became the only university to which I applied. My education and experiences there exceeded my high expectations.

breedmitch's avatar

I graduated from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Looking back, choosing one of the most conservative schools in the country might have been a strange choice, but I wanted to study with a specific studio teacher, and that’s where he taught. On the positive side, I was able to be in masterclasses with Robert Merrill and Leontyne Price, and I got to spend an afternoon with Van Cliburn.

jcs007's avatar

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The good: excellent engineering, sweet parties, away from home but not too far, I don’t have the city to distract me, I like the big campus to a certain extent
The bad: classes are too big, I loathe some professors/TAs with a passion, if you walk then be prepared for a journey

susanc's avatar

Same fancy women’s college near Boston as Gail.
Upside: fabulous teachers. Downside: I’d already been in a girls’ boarding school for 4 years; enough was enough. Worked/married/divorced, then went to Cranbrook Academy of Arts and got a BFA in painting. Upside of art school: it was my calling. Downside: the obvious ill-preparedness for making lots of money. But someone wanting that wouldn’t have chosen art school, would they? Well, not back then.

LKidKyle1985's avatar

If you are from ohio, The Ohio State University is onee of the better options. Which is where I go. They have a vast amount of resources and excell in many programs at the university. For example the Political Science program is ranked 13th (may of changed) in the country, and 4th by another group who ranks. Its also is one of the most affordable colleges in the state as well. If you can’t find a major at OSU that suits you, you never will. And their are plenty of student clubs and programs to get involved in.

girlofscience's avatar

@LKidKyle: I’m guessing their English program may not of been ranked as high, though?

Lightlyseared's avatar

King’s College

JackAdams's avatar

I went to the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities), to meet co-eds with large breasts.

Once in awhile, during a few rare sober moments, I attended some classes.

August 25, 2008, 5:33 AM EDT

wildflower's avatar

UCC because they offer the program I’m interested in in a format that suits me (part-time).

gailcalled's avatar

@JA: what happened to Charm School?

hollywoodduck's avatar

Canisius College in Buffalo, NY I loved every minute of it!

Sueanne_Tremendous's avatar

Loretto Heights College in Denver. Sort of for the same reason as Jack…

Not really. I was to be a nun and then that fell through so I got packed and shipped to the “Heights”. I had a blast. Met a Jesuit priest who saved my life. God Bless Jesuits!

Dorkgirl's avatar

Two years at Cal State Fullerton.
One year at Barrington College in RI.
~15 years later….
Portland Community College for lower division then finally finished my BS at Portland State.
PCC & PSU are the home town schools. I was (am) married and had a child, so going any old place was not an option. PSU offered a degree program I could get a lot of enjoyment out of and an older population (average age of students is ~30) in an inner city school. Easy commute. Affordable.

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