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University of Houston vs Louisiana State University

bosshoangbosshoang Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
edited November 2012 in College Search & Selection
I'm a student, graduating a very selective but small magnet school with a total population of about 400-500. I'm ranked about the mid-teens of my class, according to the end of junior year, with about 100 students in my class. My GPA is about 4.6 weighted and 3.81 unweighted. This year, I am taking AP Literature, AP Calculus, World History, Anatomy/Physiology, Physics, and Web Design/Computer Graphics. My SAT is 1960 and ACT is 30, but I'm waiting on my newest score from the October test for ACT, which will hopefully be a 32 considering that I practiced a lot. I live in Louisiana and hope to attend a college and hopefully make a career in the medical field or dental field, majoring in biology, chemistry, or something in between. Considering that I am not very fond of Louisiana, I want to move out, but only if the money and school is right. I can either attend LSU or UH, with some other colleges, but those are the only two that I will mention. After college, no matter where I attend, I plan to leave Louisiana and start anew. Considering that both schools are pretty easy to get into, I want to choose between the two. I have the tuition for LSU covered, with TOPS program, that pays for my tuition since I got higher than a 27. But, UH offers about the same. I'd get to pay in-state tuition plus whatever scholarships that I may earn since the scholarships, according to a guy in the admissions office I talked to, would be more than a 1000 dollars. Which one would you recommend?
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Replies to: University of Houston vs Louisiana State University

  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Registered User Posts: 82,545 Senior Member
    At LSU, all you'd have to pay is room, board and books.

    At UH, you'd have to pay for tuition, room, board and books. It doesn't seem worth it to pay MORE to go to UH....it's not a better school. Paying "instate tuition" at UH isn't a bargain when you have free tuition at LSU. Why pay instate rates at a lesser school???

    If you do get better scores, then there are other schools that will give you large scholarships as well. If you want to get out of LA, then you need to apply to schools that will give you free tuition merit for your stats.
  • asianandproudasianandproud Registered User Posts: 291 Junior Member
    Yeah, I used to live in Louisiana too, ended up moving to Texas. If you're anything like I am, Texas will be a much better environment for you. And why are you limiting yourself to U of H and LSU. Have you heard of Texas A&M? It's much more presitigious than U of H or LSU. You'll probably qualify for an out of state tuition waiver I think, especially if you're willing to join the core of cadets.
  • IvytIvyt Registered User Posts: 3,530 Senior Member
    Remember that UH is mostly a commuter school (85% of students live off campus)
  • BeanTownGirlBeanTownGirl Registered User Posts: 2,731 Senior Member
    If you are thinking of going to med school or dental school then saving money is a top priority unless your family is rich. Those are expensive graduate programs!
  • asianandproudasianandproud Registered User Posts: 291 Junior Member
    Yeah, but one thing is almost certain. U of H was meant for the general population of kids who live in or near Houston, but don't want to go off to college. It's a commuter school, and the graduation rate is very low, because most of the students either never finish or transfer to a different school. I know this, I live in the area. DO NOT go to U of H from out of state, especially with your stats. You don't need it. The only people who attend U of H from out of state are recruited athletes.
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