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Fordham vs Fairfield

mjvbluemjvblue 0 replies2 threads New Member
Hey guys. I've been really stressing out lately about what school I'll end up going to. I got into my top school, Fordham. I absolutely love it, and want to go there so badly. The problem is that they estimated that I will get only $10,800 from them, not enough for my dad to say yes for me to attend. The only way I could attend would be if I commute, but I really do not want to since I want a real college experience.
Fairfield, on the other hand, has given me $17,000 and my parents think I should go there. I'm not sure of my major, and (correct me if I'm wrong) they do not offer graduate programs in everything that I may pursue. Plus, Fordham offers way more in terms of connections and networking, from what I understand.

What do you guys think I should do? Ditch the dorming thing, and stick out commuting at Fordham? Or go to Fairfield.

Thanks in advance!
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  • kypdurronkypdurron 2190 replies57 threads Senior Member
    If you want to go to Fordham the most than you should commute and go to Fordham
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  • taben1112taben1112 456 replies78 threads Member
    The Fordham thread could give you more information, but I believe that Fordham works hard to make sure commuters are part of the community. We have one considering Fordham but she will be in the dorm (we live way too far for her to commute). So, I have no direct experience, but in researching Fordham they seem to have a commuter's scholarship, I think, and a lounge for commuters and club. That is what I remember seeing on paper, but I am sure a current student could tell you more. I agree that living on campus can be a big part of the college experience so you should certainly consider that, but in doing so also consider overall which school you will be happy to be attending come August. You have two good choice. Congrats.
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  • ConsolationConsolation 22898 replies184 threads Senior Member
    Is there any way you could narrow the financial gap with an on-campus job, outside scholarship (but only if it isn't deducted from your need award, which in many places it would be), or something else? Is there any possibility that your parents would agree to let you live in dorms at least freshman year, and then commute or find a cheaper living situation? Fordham seems a lot more interesting than Fairfield to me, in every way. Are there any other possibilities that you haven't heard from yet?
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  • InigoMontoyaInigoMontoya 1699 replies7 threads Senior Member
    Why is it a problem if Fairfield doesn't offer graduate programs in a field you want to pursue? If they don't have what you want for graduate school, then apply for graduate school somewhere that does. Your focus should be on whether they have what you want for undergrad. Also, if you plan on grad school, you should be thinking about how to complete your undergrad in a financial position to be able to pay for grad school.
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  • jfenn999jfenn999 19 replies0 threads New Member
    Consolation gave you excellent advice -->try to convince your parents to let you live in the dorms for freshman year.
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