Go Back  DVD Talk Forum > General Discussions > Other Talk
Reload this Page >

Instate or out of state???

Other Talk "Otterville"

Instate or out of state???

Old 05-07-05, 01:47 AM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 145
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
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!
Old 05-07-05, 03:22 AM
Video Gamer Reviewers
Join Date: May 2000
Posts: 4,161
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
stay in state. then go for your MS and PhD wherever someone else will pay for it.
Old 05-07-05, 07:37 AM
DVD Talk Legend
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: La Crosse, WI
Posts: 15,553
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
NY is cold in the winter too.
Old 05-07-05, 08:53 AM
DVD Talk Limited Edition
Join Date: Oct 1999
Location: New York City
Posts: 5,229
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
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.
Old 05-07-05, 09:32 AM
DVD Talk Godfather
The Bus's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: New York
Posts: 54,902
Received 10 Likes on 9 Posts
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.
Old 05-07-05, 09:42 AM
DVD Talk Hero
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: in da cloud
Posts: 26,193
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
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.
Old 05-07-05, 10:02 AM
DVD Talk Hero
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: Words
Posts: 28,204
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
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)

Old 05-07-05, 10:16 AM
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: florida
Posts: 9,412
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
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).
Old 05-07-05, 10:25 AM
DVD Talk Hero
JasonF's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Washington, DC
Posts: 40,502
Received 3 Likes on 3 Posts
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.

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.