-I've lived in an urban environment my entire life
-I've gone to a boarding school for my last three years for high school
-Major: Chem E
Just recently I got accepted to Purdue, but my mom isn't letting me go OOS, so I'm stuck between the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) and Auburn. To tell you a little about myself, I love sports with a passion. I am, in fact, an Auburn fan and think Auburn's campus is beautiful. I would love to go to football games and tailgate, and be a part of intramural basketball and volleyball. I'm also very interested in Student Government and not because it's something people love to put on a resume. I love being a leader and love offering myself for others. However, I believe my chances for Student Government at Auburn would be very, very low because of the enormous amount of students the school has.
To give y'all a little insight about UAH, UAH is a fairly new school in Huntsville and has roughly 8k undergrads. Their engineering college is almost identically ranked to that of Auburn's, and they're located in the 2nd largest research park in the country. They don't have a football team, but they do have a Division 1 ice hockey team and a very good Division 2 basketball team, which happen to be my favorite two sports. Because they don't have a football team, their tradition strives around their basketball and hockey teams, which I don't mind at all, I just don't know how I'd be able to have fun in college without a football team.
Like I said previously, I am very interested in leading. In my opinion, I would have a much greater shot at holding numerous leadership positions at UAH than Auburn. Also, the fraternities at UAH are very driven towards scholarship and leadership, but so are the ones at Auburn. What it's really coming down to is where I would most likely succeed from a leadership and academic standpoint at the same time.
So I have two questions:
1. My first question is what benefits do smaller colleges tend to bring that larger colleges don't?
And 2. For those who have attended smaller colleges, what are the social and Greek life scenes like? I take school very seriously but at the same time it is college and I'm looking to have the best 4 years of my life.