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Old 05-07-05, 01:47 AM
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Instate or out of state???

Otters, I need your help!!!

I am a biology major currently attending a community college down here in Virginia. This past week, I got accepted as a transfer applicant to both NYU and UVA. I also got into Michigan, but since I detest cold climate, I decided to choose between NYU and UVA. The problem is, UVA is about 4 times cheaper because I live in Virginia. If I choose to attend NYU, even with financial aid, I will pay at least double what I would pay attending UVA.

So is it worth the extra money to attend NYU? I would love to try something new, go to an out of state college and be on my own, but I am not sure if it's worth the extra 30k/year.

Please, help this poor college student out!!! Thanks!
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stay in state. then go for your MS and PhD wherever someone else will pay for it.
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NY is cold in the winter too.
Old 05-07-05, 08:53 AM
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NYC is cool to live for a while, but you gotta factor in housing andother costs. It will probably be more than the extra 30k/yr.

UVA also is a really good school. I agree with jrobinson--get the BS and then get a paid graduate fellowship elsewhere.
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You can go to an in-state school and live 15 minutes away from home and still have the college experienced. The key is to not live at home (if possible), meet new people, and do stuff you didn't do in high school (or in comm. college). Charlottesville is a cool little town anyways.
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NYU is a very good school, but if you are a bio major stay in your state. The field that you are in requires at least a master's or phd to do anything interesting. Get straight A's and then apply to a good masters and doctorate programs in your field. If you are going to be a doctor, follow the same strategy.
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UVA is also an excellent school. I'd go there because you can save the money and use it towards an advanced degree (like the above poster suggested)

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Originally Posted by jrobinson
stay in state. then go for your MS and PhD wherever someone else will pay for it.

this is probably the best idea

you should probably look at the standings of both programs but if NYU's isn't ranked significantly higher then it's probably not worth it. And I also like Charlottesville. My brother took a summer course up there a few years ago so I got to spend some time in the area, it seems like a good place to go to college (you can always visit new york).
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I agree with everything the others have said. UVA is a great school (as is NYU, and I don't know which is considered better for biology), and if you're planning to get an advanced degree, there's probably little benefit to paying the extra money.

The main difference will be lifestyle. NYU is in Soho, which is the trendiest, hippest part of New York City. UVA is in the trendiest, hippest part of central Virginia. But there's still plenty to do in Charlottesville.

As for getting away from home, I went to UVA and one of my good friends grew up in Albermarle County. He lived on grounds with us and saw his family only slightly more often than I did (my family was a 3 hour drive away). I also knew people who saw their family a lot more often. A lot depends on whether you think your family will give you the space and/or whether you can trust yourself not to go home every weekend.

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