Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Ellicott City, MD
Re: Where should i go to college?!?! Help me decide.
[quote author=kjh1127 link=topic=108069.msg2216283#msg2216283 date=1207693901]
My best friend goes to UMass-Amherst. He says it's ok. Yeah, academics are important, but unless you are going to a college that is specifically known for being good in a certain area (Harvard for law, MIT for engineering/science, etc) it will make no difference whether you pick UMass-Amherst over Univ. of RI, or Clark University when you're looking for a job. People interviewing you for a job will only really care about your GPA (to an extent), your work experience, and your personality.
My advice would be to visit all the colleges, find one that has an array of majors you would be interested in, in case you decide to switch, and whatever you think has the best combination of student activities and academics, go for it.
What is your intended major?
My wife worked in college advising and had tons of friends in career advising. When it comes down to it most employers careless where you went to school unless, as Kjh1127 said, the school is particularly well known for that major. For instance going to PSU and majoring in engineering is going to look better then going to University of Rhode Island or say going to MIT for engineering. Same with going to say Harvard Law over University of Baltimore law.
Your best bet is to go in-state unless money is really no object (or you are getting scholarships to one of those universities). If you are going to have student loans to repay later in life what is smarter, going to an in-state school where you might spend 70,000 on room, board, tuition and books for 4 years and earn 50,000 a year at your job or an out of state school where you might spend 100,000-120,000 on room, boar and tuition for 4 years and earn 50,000 a year at your job.
Things to consider.
Since you are undecided in terms of major I highly suggest a state school, specifically whatever state school you are in-state for. No point and paying a crap load of money and deciding you want to major in liberal arts or buisiness or something similar. Only pay a lot if you are going to a school that is one of the few that offers the major you want to choose or is considered an exceptional school for that major.
PS One adendum to the "what school you go to generally doesn't matter", if the person interviewing you went to the same school as you did that is probably going to help, consiously or not on the part of the interviewer (which means my almamater is a good place to go, PSU has the must alums of any school in the US).