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Perfect college... is it possible?

lamoore09lamoore09 Posts: 7Registered User New Member
I need some help from you guys to help me find the "perfect" college/university.

I'd like the college to have the following characteristics:
- An undergraduate student body size of 15,000 or more.
- The student body to be diverse (about 75% or less is white).
- The campus to have aesthetic beauty.
- The campus to be located in a city where the population is over 100,000 or so. I'm open to cities the size of Madison, WI to the size of Chicago, IL.
- Entering freshmen have an average ACT score of 25-30.
- The campus to have a "college town" feel. I definitely don't wanna go to a "suitcase" college where everybody leaves on the weekend.
- The student body to be friendly.
- The weather to be nice. I live in Ohio right now, so I'm used to hot summers and cold winters. All around nice temperatures would be nice, though.
- As I said before, I live in Ohio, but I'd like to go out-of-state.
- A large majority of the students live on campus and do not commute back and forth to school.
- At least 10-15% of the undergrads are out-of-state, even though 20-30% would be better.
- The student body to be more liberal than conservative.
- The college to have a strong science department. I'm unsure about my major right now, but I'm leaning towards biological sciences.

Got any suggestions? I know it's pretty much impossible for a college to have all of these characteristics, so I'm willing to sacrifice a few of them if there are other great qualities that make up for it. I'm pretty open to new ideas. Okay, I'm ready...
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Replies to: Perfect college... is it possible?

  • AlexandreAlexandre Posts: 21,872Super Moderator Senior Member
    You have just described the University of Michigan and the University of Wisconsin...minus the warm weather.
  • Chairman MeowChairman Meow Posts: 396Registered User Member
    UCLA/UC Berkeley? They fit almost everything.

    -UCLA: Not sure about college town feel/ACT scores
    -UC Berkeley: Not sure about ACT scores
  • ilovebagelsilovebagels Posts: 3,499Registered User Senior Member
    I second Alexandre's UMichigan. Perhaps U Washington as well...
  • AlexandreAlexandre Posts: 21,872Super Moderator Senior Member
    Cornell University (cold, college town with fewer than 100,000 and average ACT is 30)
    Indiana University-Bloomington (Cold, college town with fewer than 100,000)
    University of California-Berkeley (90%+ are California residents)
    University of California-Los Angeles (not much of a college town feel, 90%+ are California residents)
    University of Florida
    University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (cold)
    University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (ACT average for OOS students may be over 30)
    University of Texas-Austin (not that much of a college town campus, 90%+ are Texas residents)
    University of Virginia (not that liberal, but not conservative either)
    University of Washington
    University of Wisconsin-Madison (Cold)
  • ilovebagelsilovebagels Posts: 3,499Registered User Senior Member
    UVA and Cornell are also a bit smaller than 15,000 undergrads. Others might be too, but those are the only ones I know offhand.
  • ElizaBElizaB Posts: 658Registered User Member
    Sounds like USC minus the "college town" part. Wisco, Cornell, Indiana, UMich also come to mind.
  • abc0abc0 Posts: 20Registered User New Member
    eh this definitely doesnt fit all of your criterias but many: clemson univ

    good weather, great spirit and close student body and big size, great science program, not as competitive as mich., UCB, UCLA
    but the town around is dull
  • taystays Posts: 35Registered User Junior Member
    SMU!

    about 6000 undergrads and ~1300 incoming freshmen each year
    it's located in dallas, tx so it definitely has the "college feel" with a great big campus
    smu students are really respected in dallas
    and of course, since its in tx..the weathers nice

    but hten i dont know about its strength in the sciences...
  • TPL09TPL09 Posts: 260Registered User Junior Member
    Pitt!
    - An undergraduate student body size of 15,000 or more. Check
    - The student body to be diverse (about 75% or less is white). Check
    - The campus to have aesthetic beauty. Its good for a city campus. Cathedral of Learning is beautiful.
    - The campus to be located in a city where the population is over 100,000 or so. I'm open to cities the size of Madison, WI to the size of Chicago, IL. Check, Pittsburgh.
    - Entering freshmen have an average ACT score of 25-30. Check
    - The campus to have a "college town" feel. I definitely don't wanna go to a "suitcase" college where everybody leaves on the weekend. Check
    - The student body to be friendly. Check
    - The weather to be nice. I live in Ohio right now, so I'm used to hot summers and cold winters. All around nice temperatures would be nice, though. Weather's not that great, rains a lot. But its ok.
    - As I said before, I live in Ohio, but I'd like to go out-of-state. Check, PA.
    - A large majority of the students live on campus and do not commute back and forth to school. Check.
    - At least 10-15% of the undergrads are out-of-state, even though 20-30% would be better. Check.
    - The student body to be more liberal than conservative. Check.
    - The college to have a strong science department. I'm unsure about my major right now, but I'm leaning towards biological sciences. One of the best. Its pre-med, nursing, biology, and chemistry departments are very good.
  • applicannotapplicannot Posts: 4,366Registered User Senior Member
    American, but minus the strong science department part.
  • MidwestMom2Kids_MidwestMom2Kids_ Posts: 6,673Registered User Senior Member
    DePaul in Chicago.
    I think it fits all of your criteria.
    Try to visit! The feel, energy, vibrancy on campus is terrific. The students are happy. The campus is in a fun, hip neighborhood.
    (If stats make it look like they don't have as many students on campus as you'd like, see the campus; they really do - there are privately owned apartments mixed in with college buildings around the edge of the campus - the upperclassmen in those apartments are on campus, really.)
  • laurenlolollaurenlolol Posts: 90Registered User Junior Member
    maybe university of colorado denver or boulder.
  • MoxymomMoxymom Posts: 26Registered User New Member
    My daughter's looking at similar colleges...including Pitt, UM & DePaul (also Loyola in Chicago). My question about DePaul...are the sciences (bio, etc) very strong there compared to the other 3 schools? Otherwise...wow, they are all great schools and she hasn't been able to make up her mind yet.
  • lamoore09lamoore09 Posts: 7Registered User New Member
    Thanks everybody. My top three schools as of now are U of Wash, U of Wisc, and U of Pitt.

    Moxymom, I don't really know much about Depaul, but I think it'd be safe to say that Pitt and UM both have stronger science departments.
  • Kyle555Kyle555 Posts: 100Registered User Junior Member
    Southern Methodist University.

    Top notch! Gorgeous Campus! Great Students! Nice part of Town! Big City! Great Networking! Stats are on the rise! Wonderful Profs!
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