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Has anyone heard of these NY schools?

lilmelonredlilmelonred Posts: 2,039Registered User Senior Member
edited November 2012 in College Search & Selection
Manhattan College
Clarkson University
Rochester Institute of Tech
Syracuse University

If you heard of these schools, let me know some reviews. Anything positive or negative comments! I'm applying to these private colleges. Also, mention how hard is it to get in. I have a 3.6 GPA and 1660 SAT score at this moment with CR score of 430, M of 670 and W of 560.... I'm applying HEOP for all of them.
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Replies to: Has anyone heard of these NY schools?

  • zobrowardzobroward Posts: 1,504Registered User Senior Member
    are you in the united states?
  • BeanTownGirlBeanTownGirl Posts: 2,725Registered User Senior Member
    You can look up their admission statistics on the college board or College Navigator
    College Navigator - National Center for Education Statistics
    We visited Clarkson, RIT and Syracuse when my son was looking at colleges. Clarkson is very remote, which is great for some kids but not mine. I think they can be generous with merit aid to attract students. RIT is a much larger suburban school with extensive offerings in science, engineering, business and art. Big co-op program. Syracuse is a bigger university with an urban campus, much nicer than we expected. An even broader set of majors than the other two - especially well-known for its schools of communications and architecture.
  • hesterstarhesterstar Posts: 24Registered User New Member
    Rochester is pretty well-known. And I know a LOT of kids who go to Syracuse (mainly from my high school, which was a private school...the kids who go there are kind of preppy/hipster/ the popular type...I think it's a good school though). I recognize the name Manhattan College.
    I don't know much about any of them...Given that I don't know your major, personality, and interests it'd be hard for me to help you out anyway.

    Besides, what good will it do me or you if I just look up information you can do on your own?

    My psychiatrist went to Rochester to get her doctorate. And I was friends with like two or so kids that were either accepted or are going - they were very smart. From the tiny sample I have, it seems like a good school for math-science kind of people (obviously it's a technical university...) My impression is that Rochester will be most difficult to get into, but possibly offer you the best education, depending on your concentration.

    The kids who go to Syracuse - some are smarter than others. I know two girls who were average students (one was kind of stupid) and partied a lot, but I guess were good enough? Idk them very well. They had a friend who was a total d.ouche, but he did very well in school and had some great extracurriculars. All three got in. I'm guessing they're majoring in some sort of humanities/liberal arts thing. Other kids got in too, I just can't remember. In no way do I intend to suggest that all Syracuse students are like this.
  • lilmelonredlilmelonred Posts: 2,039Registered User Senior Member
    Yes I am live in the United states and was born here. Yeah i've heard some good reviews on Syracuse..... I've looked at stats on each of these schools and they do take in around 10-20% of people in the 400s of their CR score but idk if that is given priories to International students or nonnative speakers..I really do want to get into a decent math/ science school...
  • collapsingspacecollapsingspace Posts: 30Registered User Junior Member
    syracuse is a very well known school, more so than any other college you listed. i do not know much about their admissions, but your chances could increase greatly if you work on your CR and W
  • lilmelonredlilmelonred Posts: 2,039Registered User Senior Member
    I think it's too late for me to dramatically increase my scores but i will be retaking it next saturday and hopefully i get better CR score. if not much difference, then what?
  • BeanTownGirlBeanTownGirl Posts: 2,725Registered User Senior Member
    RIT is pretty well known too in engineering and science worlds. Clarkson is not as well-known as the others but I think their engineering program is pretty strong. Their problem is attracting students to their remote location. It is also a much smaller school than the others.
    Did you take AP and/or honors classes? A 3.6 GPA is pretty good but it will be viewed in light of how difficult your classes were.
  • lilmelonredlilmelonred Posts: 2,039Registered User Senior Member
    Yes i took AP courses. AP calc BC and AP chemistry. Senior year im taking AP economics, Calculus 3 (multivariable calculus) , physics, english etc. So how remote is Clarkson's environment? Is it good to go there if i would like a place where there's a hospital or clinic near by?
  • lilmelonredlilmelonred Posts: 2,039Registered User Senior Member
    and i also took honors bio freshmen year but i didn't do so well.
  • BeanTownGirlBeanTownGirl Posts: 2,725Registered User Senior Member
    Are you pre-med? Is that why you were asking about hospitals?
    Look at each school's website to see what they offer for pre-meds. Do a little research...
    Syracuse is walking distance to at least one large urban hospital.
  • lilmelonredlilmelonred Posts: 2,039Registered User Senior Member
    I mean like I might have to see a doc or specialist once in awhile where they can accept my insurance? I might be interested in premed but not sure.
  • lilmelonredlilmelonred Posts: 2,039Registered User Senior Member
  • nyermomnyermom Posts: 161Registered User Junior Member
    The cities of Syracuse and Rochester both have good hospital facilities and teaching hospitals. Both are cold, wintery cities--but Clarkson/Postdam tops them in this category. It is quite remote and up near the Canadian border. Good for engineering, but not much of a city to speak of. That CR score will not qualify you for any of them, I think. The CR score is very important for all areas of study--whether engineering or pre-med. Your math is fine but not great for schools that are popular for tech like RIT. Syracuse is a popular school for a wide variety of majors and quite competitive. I would see if any of these schools are "test optional". If not, you really need to start adding some to your list. Generally when you see schools taking a fraction of their students with low scores it's because they have an important hook--sports, unique talent, ethnicity or background. Schools don't go out of the way to accept those scores because it drags the averages down.
  • lilmelonredlilmelonred Posts: 2,039Registered User Senior Member
    Would first generation college student count as an important hook? ^ I really hope i pull up my score this Saturday. The only thing that is keeping me nervous is basically my low SAT score... I'm not really a good test taker. I thought RIT or manhattan college or even clarkson might be easy to get in. I'm applying to HEOP, i hope my chance increases that way.
  • BeanTownGirlBeanTownGirl Posts: 2,725Registered User Senior Member
    If you are looking for math/science but not engineering then look at the test optional colleges:
    SAT/ACT Optional 4-Year Universities | FairTest

    I you really want engineering, WPI is the only test optional engineering school and they require extra admissions materials if you don't submit test scores.

    First-gen - different colleges treat that differently, see section C of the Common Data Set for each school. In most cases, it is a minor hook, and it certainly won't compensate for low test scores :-(
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