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URGENT! Brown vs. Pomona vs. Gallatin (NYU)

juliegirl1994juliegirl1994 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
edited May 2012 in Brown University
An Bryce Foundation: apart from full ride, mentorship from Mr. Walters. He has incredible connections (he is the president of United Health company/trust (?), the largest healthcare company in the world, and close friend with Obamas, etc. so he says he can provide just about any internships or job i want/need
-activities with other AnBryce scholars, like will go out to eatery month, spring break service project
-already made a few close friends there
-NYC has amazing opportunities for internships
-exploration floors allow me to meet people and go out for cheaper
-the residence hall is a more close community
-really impressive (REALLY REALLY) freshman class….
-personal (well, shared with roommate) bathrooms
-can enroll half of my classes outside of Gallatin (Tich and stern especially)
-small school (Gallatin itself is about 1,200 underhgraduates)

-can be Expensive to live (if I want to go out frequently)
-NYC can be hectic
-no main campus
-Gallatin (and NY in general) requires a very independent and motivated mindset
-kind of a big commitment…
-the weather can get bad
-HUUGE School (NYU TOTAL freshman=a lot of ppl!)
-uneven disbursement b/t guys and girls (many more girls)

-Third world center seems very supportive and allows me to move in early, before other students
-campus feel
-The admin where super friendly and supportive when I lost my ID and all my papers, they spent a good amount of time providing documentation so I could board the flight home, and one admissions director(friends with my teacher below) let me borrow $50
-My teacher went there, and she cried when I got accepted. I love this teacher. She typed up a detailed-2 page "To-do" while visiting Brown along with $80
-the open curriculum makes it fun and easy to take classes outside of my major (dance and acting and singing! :))
-fair disbursement between guys and girls
-It's an ivy, so well known among grad schools and employers

-I did not really make any strong connections during TWW/ADOC (Brown's visiting days for admitted students)
-the weather
-bigger class (1,500 =estimate)

Pomona College:
-I'm from San Jose, so getting my stuff there would be easier
-people are EXTREMELY friendly, and I already met a lot of nice people there :)
-5 Cs enrollment
-the beautiful weather
-the subsidized trips
-L.A. is just a train ride a way
-ski during day, surf afternoon
-liberal arts education
-fair disbursement between guys and girls

-not many people seem to know about Pomona, or get confused with Cal Poly Pomona
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Replies to: URGENT! Brown vs. Pomona vs. Gallatin (NYU)

  • mgcsincmgcsinc Registered User Posts: 1,169 Senior Member
    Congrats -- it sounds like you have exciting choices in front of you.

    There are a lot of "quality of life" type factors in your analysis. Quality of life is important, but I'm not sure that some of the factors that you mention are really going to affect your experience all that much. Most of your points above seem a bit superficial to me.

    I think you need to step back and think a bit more about what you're looking for academically and in terms of extracurriculars. What academic opportunities will you have at each school? What would your peers be like at each school? Are they likely to be the type to have lofty educational discussions? (Are you that type?) What extracurricular opportunities will you have at each school?
  • BrownAlumParentBrownAlumParent Registered User Posts: 661 Member
    And echoing on the above, how serious a student are you? While you can work hard and be a serious student at any of the above, you will probably have to work harder at Brown. (and no one will be looking over your shoulder making sure that you do.)
  • BrownParentBrownParent Registered User Posts: 12,776 Senior Member
    you call Gallatin a small school and Brown a big school because of class size, but I think you are off the mark. Brown is a smaller more cohesive UG school. and you will not notice the difference between a 1200 or 1500 class size.

    It doesn't matter if you didn't click with anyone on ADOCH. It can take time to 'find your people' but they are there.

    at Pomona you will only ski and surf in one day once a year. it isn't really viable to do on one's own.

    Getting your stuff there easy isn't a reason to pick a college. Use fedex ground for Brown and ship ahead, they will hold your boxes for you.

    the man on the street may not know Pomona but employers and grad schools do.

    I don't know about Gallatin, but it sounds like you have a lot of support (and full ride as opposed to the other schools???) I know a few who went to NYU and more disliked it than liked it. Sounds like you are leaning toward that. I reccomend the away experience if you are from CA.

    Brown is amazing for the focus on undergrads, the opportunity for research, the profs, the atmosphere.

    at pomona the surrounding area is a bit dull for students and you really won't get into LA much. but this can be a benefit as it makes you focus on your community at school.

    you mention a pro for pomona is liberal arts edu, but brown provides a liberal arts education as well.

    Sounds like you have too many good choices! Best wishes.
  • Portmanteau5Portmanteau5 Registered User Posts: 187 Junior Member
    Julie, you should go to Brown. Most kids who go to Brown get accepted at NYU. Most kids who go to NYU don't get accepted to Brown.

    Also Gallatin isn't a "small" school? I go to NYU, and Gallatin is huge. It's not like you take classes with only Gallatin kids your first two years anyway. I don't understand how this could be a hard choice for anybody, but that's just me. In my (not so) humble opinion, picking NYU over a school like Brown would represent a serious lack of adult decision making skills.

    I don't want to be mean to you Julie, but your pros for NYU are really funny because they're exactly what an incoming freshmen would think. To dissect some of your points, you stated that the "residence halls promote community." This is partially correct. Your first semester as a freshmen, everyone is new and has a need to make new friends. After your first semester, these doors close and everyone has their own group. At NYU this is wildly more dramatic than at other schools because people are more guarded/protective of themselves since they're in NYC. I've lived in the city every summer for the past 11 years, so for me it was a smooth transition, but for someone who grew up in the suburbs it's difficult to be away from "mommy" and "daddy."

    Just so you know, I'm trying to transfer out of NYU. I came into NYU thinking the same stuff you did, and it has disappointed me. Good luck, and don't make the wrong decision. (AKA go to Brown, it's really not that hard.)

    PS I sound like a cynical new yorker lol
  • fireandrainfireandrain Registered User Posts: 4,715 Senior Member
    How much is money an issue? You mention a full-ride from NYU -- did you get money from Brown and Pomona? If you or your parents have to take out loans for those 2, then go to NYU.

    I know a kid who didn't get into Brown, went to NYU and has been deliriously happy. Amazing opportunities that he wouldn't have gotten anywhere else. Not Gallatin, though.

    You'll get a great education at all 3, so it really comes down to your gut feeling about where you want to spend the next 4 years. (Although, frankly, you shouldn't make your decision based on the bathroom you'll have in your first year.)
  • juliegirl1994juliegirl1994 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    Thank you so much everyone! I ended up with Brown, they matched my NY scholarship, and the open curriculum really convinced me. Thanks again!
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