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Opinions of each (SMU, Ohio State, Iowa, Alabama, Baylor)

lehm427lehm427 Posts: 23Registered User New Member
edited January 2013 in College Search & Selection
Hey! I am down to my final 5 college choices to transfer into this spring. I have been accepted to Ohio State, Baylor, SMU, Iowa, and Alabama. I was wondering what everyone’s general perception of each school was and which they thought was the strongest overall. Money isn’t really an issue in my decision, and each school is more or less the same price for me anyway. I was just interested in hearing some opinions/suggestions about each school. I am planning on majoring in economics, but I am kinda looking for a better overall reputation rather than just for my particular field.

Also input on the college town/life would be awesome!
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Replies to: Opinions of each (SMU, Ohio State, Iowa, Alabama, Baylor)

  • barrk123barrk123 Posts: 3,461Registered User Senior Member
    Based on overall rep

    1. Ohio St
    2. SMU
    3. Alabama
    4. Iowa
    5. Baylor

    Ohio St and SMU are in large cities whereas Baylor is in Waco
  • CollegiateDreamsCollegiateDreams Posts: 980Registered User Member
    Ohio State and SMU are peers, but I would choose SMU if money isn't an issue. Smaller, better student/faculty ratio, higher 4-year graduation rate, in a very nice suburban area with easy access/close proximity to Dallas.

    1. SMU
    2. Ohio State
    3. Baylor
    4. Alabama
    5. Iowa

    But, 1 & 2 are really close, and 3 4 & 5 are really close.
  • Sparkeye7Sparkeye7 Posts: 2,456Registered User Senior Member
    Ohio State president promotes faculty expansion

    Updated: Monday, 22 Oct 2012, 8:24 AM EDT
    Published : Monday, 22 Oct 2012, 8:24 AM EDT

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The president of Ohio State University has reiterated the university's commitment to expanding the size of its faculty by 8 to 10 percent over the next decade.

    OSU President Gordon Gee says he recognizes that many departments have budgetary concerns and are uncertain how such growth will be accomplished.

    But Gee also cautioned departments against focusing more on budgets than on finding ways to move the university, one of the country's largest campuses, to the next level of excellence.

    Gee noted in his annual address to faculty Thursday that the university's new fundraising campaign will invest at least $400 million in an initiative to hire new faculty.

    The goal of that campaign, unveiled earlier this month, is $2.5 billion.

    Source: https://www.google.com/#q=ohio+state+%24400+million+faculty&hl=en&prmd=imvns&source=lnms&tbm=nws&sa=X&ei=Z0qHUO_kA-i7ygGe5IGwDw&ved=0CAoQ_AUoBA&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&fp=6f5e213c3e313bb7&bpcl=35466521&biw=1280&bih=630
    I am planning on majoring in economics, but I am kinda looking for a better overall reputation rather than just for my particular field.

    #2 in the nation!! :p

  • lehm427lehm427 Posts: 23Registered User New Member
    Thanks guys! I didn't know Baylor wasn't thought of well. I live in Dallas and it's seen in the same light as SMU lol.

    I'm kind of leaning toward Ohio State or Baylor lol.
  • lehm427lehm427 Posts: 23Registered User New Member
    any other opinions lol?
  • missypiemissypie Posts: 17,532Registered User Senior Member
    Baylor has good sports teams and ton of school spirit. I know a lot of kids there and they all really really like it....except for one newly declared athiest who doesn't like that it's Baptist.

    I think both SMU and Baylor are a really good size...not too larg and not too small.

    Can you get in-state tuition at Alabama?
  • HaystackHaystack Posts: 1,576Registered User Senior Member
    Part of it depends on where you see yourself living.

    You won't find many people in Big Ten country that think Alabama, Baylor, or SMU are any better than Iowa. In fact, in much of the midwest, Baylor and SMU often generate very negative reactions...Baylor being a conservative Baptist place and SMU being a playground for rich underachievers. If you see yourself in Chicago or another midwest city, go to Iowa or OSU.

    If you see yourself in the south, go to Alabama.

    As a former west coaster, Big Ten schools(especially because of all the transplants) and SEC schools are far better known and often more respected than Baylor and SMU in the pacific coast.
  • barrk123barrk123 Posts: 3,461Registered User Senior Member
    I live in Houston and most non baptists see Baylor as a school that will accept anyone willing to pay the full tuition
  • lehm427lehm427 Posts: 23Registered User New Member
    hmmm. looks like Ohio State is generally thought of as the strongest around here lol.
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Posts: 72,188Registered User Senior Member
    They are all pretty much peer schools.

    You're a transfer student, right?

    Have you visited any of them?

    Go to the Bama forum here for more info about Bama...
    University of Alabama - College Confidential
  • MomofWildChildMomofWildChild Posts: 18,552Registered User Senior Member
    I agree with Haystack. Go Big 10 or SEC.
  • lehm427lehm427 Posts: 23Registered User New Member
    Okay, I'm leaning toward the 3 state schools.

    Would ya'll agree that OSU has a better reputation than Iowa and Alabama?
  • barrk123barrk123 Posts: 3,461Registered User Senior Member
    I believe OSU would be considered the best of the three
  • jnm123jnm123 Posts: 743Registered User Member
    Not true, unless you're talking about the football team (and economics). :) I think Iowa has it over OSU (and maybe Alabama) in the health sciences, accounting, journalism, and many other fields. Within the Big 10, it's a relatively easy school to be admitted to, but tough to get good grades.

    Go visit all 3 of them, and see which is the best fit.
  • rushedmomrushedmom Posts: 625Registered User Member
    OSU is a good school. Iowa is kind of in the middle of no where make sure you visit before you go there..

    Bama is a beautiful campus. I would say the strongest of your choices is OSU..

    between SMU and Baylor I would pick SMU.
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