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Going from California to the South for College

Madi12Madi12 Registered User Posts: 15 New Member
I'm from Southern California and am looking at a few colleges in the South: U of Alabama, U of Georgia, and U of Tennesee. I was wondering if anyone has advice for moving from here to the South? How different would it be? What are the main differences between here and there? What's the weather like? Are any of these schools worth paying OOS rates for? Etc... Thanks!
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Replies to: Going from California to the South for College

  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 62,107 Senior Member
    In terms of OOS rates, would you be paying list OOS price, or would you qualify for scholarships to reduce the price?

    Compared to most California public universities, those three flagships have undergraduate students that are from wealthier backgrounds (19-29% Pell grant, versus 19-68%) and are mostly white (70-78%, versus 7-56%).
  • scotlandcallingscotlandcalling Registered User Posts: 195 Junior Member
    I would be worried way more about the social differences - than the wealth differences, since many Californian's buy cars the prices of peoples houses in those states. Not saying CA people are wealthier but clumping the zillions of students in the CA system in to one statistic seems like a blurred picture.

    If going to another part of the country like the south, I would look at schools with a large mixed population. We looked at a southern school but with 80% instate kids, it did not have the diversity mine are use to and require.

    Not that there aren't fantastic places in the south, but to me the main differences would be the mindset. Perceptions of race and women still vary in many places. My African American friend is terrified to drive in the south. Last time he did, he was pulled over and the trooper asked him, :"Hey boy, what you are doing on my highway?" He is a VP of engineering at a Fortune 500 company, graduate of Cal and Stanford, who was visiting for a friends wedding. It is not the same everywhere. Visit and see for yourself. Form your own opinions.
  • paul2752paul2752 Registered User Posts: 4,553 Senior Member
    If you are looking at southern school with a good geographic mix, University of Alabama is a nice choice. In fact, 51% of studnet body is OOS.
  • LindagafLindagaf Registered User Posts: 6,778 Senior Member
    edited August 13
    Asking about the main differences between California and The South is waaaayyy to general for anyone here to answer. Are you from Los Angeles or Big Bear? No one here is going to try to explain all the differences to you. But you should pay attention to what @scotlandcalling says. You seem to know nothing about the South. Why do you want to go to school there?
  • simba9simba9 Registered User Posts: 2,629 Senior Member
    I don't think the differences between California and The South are that great. It's still the United States, people speak English, go to McDonald's (unless they're going to Waffle House,) watch the same TV networks. I find the people in The South tend to be friendlier than people elsewhere in the country. I can understand why someone who had never been there might think The South is a hotbed of racists from the media, but if you visit, you find that it isn't.

    My daughter grew up in California and graduated from Middle Tennessee State. She loves Nashville and I don't remember her having any problems attending school in Tennessee.
  • twogirlstwogirls Registered User Posts: 5,780 Senior Member
    edited August 13
    My daughter is from the northeast and attended a homogeneous, relatively wealthy HS. She did not want this in college. She currently attends school in the south and loves it. She describes her school as "very liberal," and very different than her HS.

    She recently returned from an internship in a different southern state and LOVED it...she was in a city and spent the summer with people from all over. They recently visited and toured a school you mentioned and she liked it.

    Will you be able to visit these areas? We visited other schools in the south and they were clearly not for my daughter.
  • BooBooBearBooBooBear Registered User Posts: 104 Junior Member
    Most southern large flagships are far more liberal than their surrounding states--Fayetteville, Arkansas, Tuscaloosa, Oxford, Athens, etc., are liberal havens compared to many areas of their respective states. I would not worry about the impression you get from the movie "Deliverance" or random articles on HuffPo or Daily Beast twitter feeds. I agree with an above poster, however, that like with any OOS school I would pick one with at least 25% OOS population--Alabama is nearly 50%, as is Ole Miss, and several like Arkansas are at 30%.
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 62,107 Senior Member
    Perceptions of race and women still vary in many places. My African American friend is terrified to drive in the south. Last time he did, he was pulled over and the trooper asked him, :"Hey boy, what you are doing on my highway?" He is a VP of engineering at a Fortune 500 company, graduate of Cal and Stanford, who was visiting for a friends wedding. It is not the same everywhere. Visit and see for yourself. Form your own opinions.

    Was that in one of the two states whose state flags incorporate CSA flags?
  • MaineLonghornMaineLonghorn Super Moderator Posts: 30,999 Super Moderator
    This kind of behavior would make you an outcast in the south. When northerners poke fun at the south for bigotry, it makes my skin crawl.

    Yep!
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Registered User Posts: 82,431 Senior Member
    @Greymeer yes, and you just described what we go thru when we visit H's relatives around Chicago. They claim to be liberals, but the racist comments that come out of their mouths would have gotten them upclose and personal with an Ivory bar soap if they had been raised in my family.
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Registered User Posts: 82,431 Senior Member
    edited August 13
    @madi12 I'm a native southern Californian who now lives in the south. I actually now live quite close to UAlabama.

    To the person who made the income comments....you need to visit Bama. The majority are not low income kids.

    I would avoid any OOS public where the OOS numbers are low/lowish (UGA, UTenn). The problem with state schools that have low OOS numbers is that they become suitcase schools when there's no football game keeping them on campus.

    As for paying....do you qualify for any scholarships? What are your parents saying about paying for college?
  • sevmomsevmom Registered User Posts: 7,091 Senior Member
    I know of a couple Virginia kids who went to UGA. Had very good experiences. Most flagships, even if there are not big OOS numbers of kids , don't seem to be "suitcase schools."
  • moooopmoooop Registered User Posts: 1,559 Senior Member
    Colleges in Florida might be smoother to transition into. Check out Florida State, Florida Atlantic U., South Florida, & Central Florida.

    In my experience, when people from California go out of state, they are most likely to rub people the wrong way by: 1. complaining that the weather isn't as good as in California and 2. unfavorably comparing the local Mexican restaurants to the ones back home.
  • dragonmom3dragonmom3 Registered User Posts: 269 Junior Member
    edited August 14
    Funny (and true) about the Mexican restaurants!
    On a recent trip to Brevard NC we dined at the local Mexican restaurant-which was quite busy- and were offered french fries OR tortilla chips and I'm pretty sure the "salsa" was straight tomato sauce.
    However....Nashville has some excellent taco places....Bar Taco, for one, is great.
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