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Large unis vs LACs--advertising??

Bee822Bee822 Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
edited November 2012 in College Search & Selection
Hello. I'm interested in a major in advertising, which I recently realized is offered hardly anywhere! A lot of larger universities offer communication majors with special advertising programs, which I'm open too. At the same time, I like the vibe of liberal arts colleges- the zest for learning, the personal attention received, etc. still, I feel that many universities also have positives- more people to meet, more major/class options, often better locations ( I prefer to be in or near a city- many of the LACs have a slightly isolated feel. ) also, my ideal size is 5-15k undergrad. It seems hard to find a middle ground between huge unis and LACs! I want to attend a prestigious school. I want to major in advertising/ comm but if not possible, I'm considering a double major in marketing and studio art/ graphic design- I want to be a creative director and work in the creative side of advertising. Also, here are my stats: 2050 sat (last year) 33 ACT (last month) GPA 3.88 UW. I want to go to a school with endless opportunities to meet people, internships, interaction in city/ town, not a huge party school, creative-type people, friendly open community. So far I'm looking at emerson, Northeastern, Syracuse, Richmond. Any feedback on these schools , or suggestions? Anything is appreciated. And sorry for the length and bad punctuation, I've written this from my phone. :)
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Replies to: Large unis vs LACs--advertising??

  • yearbookstalkeryearbookstalker Registered User Posts: 102 Junior Member
    Hi! I'm from Boston and I've had friends to go to Emerson and Northeastern. While Emerson is more concentrated in the arts, Northeastern has the co-op program where you work for a semester or two (sometimes you even get paid), though it can take an extra year to graduate unless you make up work over the summer. You really can't go wrong with those two schools. Syracuse is supposedly really good for advertising. My older brother went to Richmond-I haven't heard anything about advertising specifically, but their business school is pretty good. Although Richmond is kinda isolated-I remember visiting him a couple times and it was kinda hard to get around without a car.

    You might have an easier time finding schools for marketing and studio art/graphic design. Google searches and College ******* might be good ways to start researching
  • AxelrodAxelrod Registered User Posts: 663 Member
    Don't waste your ACT score of 33. Consider Brown which has an agreement with RISD (Rhode Island School of Design). Advertising is a tough field with low pay. Apply to the best schools for which you are qualified--and a 33 ACT is a lot of qualification. There is no school out of your reach if your grades are as stellar as your ACT score. Other schools could be used as financial safeties.
  • Bee822Bee822 Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    Thanks for the advice.
    Axelrod, do you really think that I'd have a chance with Brown? That'd be so awesome, but I don't want to be unrealistic here. I mean, I am a good student, I've taken 4 AP's (three 5's and one 4) and I'm taking 4 now. My gpa is unweighted, and I do have a lot of ECs, including a job and starting a club at school. But nothing exceptional? Would it really be worth it to apply to Brown?
    I just don't want to get my hopes up or anything!
    And yes, aid/scholarships will play a huge part in my decision.
  • AxelrodAxelrod Registered User Posts: 663 Member
    A 33 ACT is quite strong; what are your SAT math & CR scores ?
  • Bee822Bee822 Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    Math-620 (low I know)

    So I did better on the ACTs.
  • AxelrodAxelrod Registered User Posts: 663 Member
    Ivies are quite competitive, but you've accomplished the hard part with your numbers. Don't be afraid to reach. Apply to Brown & express your interests. Good luck.
  • Bee822Bee822 Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    OK, thanks axelrod. I'll definitely consider it. It's probably a reach, but it can't hurt! I want to keep my list of apps balanced so I'll need a reach or two, as well as some safeties.
  • IvytIvyt Registered User Posts: 3,530 Senior Member
    Make sure you send your ACT and not your SAT

    What is your class rank?
  • Bee822Bee822 Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    I don't have SAT II's so I'd have to send both.
    I go to a college prep school, and it doesn't rank.
  • Bee822Bee822 Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    Other than Brown, does anybody have any other suggestions for additional schools I should look at? Or has anyone attended the 4 schools I mentioned, and what was your experience?
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Registered User Posts: 82,627 Senior Member
    What is your budget? How much will your parents pay?

    Do you have a couple of financial safeties?

    It's ok to have reaches and matches, but if they don't work out acceptance-wise or financially, what are your options?

    Try to have at least 2-3 schools that you know FOR SURE that you have all costs covered by assured grants/scholarships and/or family funds.
  • BeanTownGirlBeanTownGirl Registered User Posts: 2,731 Senior Member
    Brown doesn't have the majors the OP is looking for, and there are limits about how many courses and what courses you can take at RISD. His ACT of 33 is very good but very typical of Brown applicants (28% of applicants had a perfect 36). He definitely should apply to a few reaches, but preferably ones that have the right majors for him.
  • limitededitionlimitededition Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
    I'm interested in this too. I'm not sure, but I think I want to work in advertising (but more the writing part...I'd love to work on the creative side of TV commercials). But does a major in advertising really make a difference? Most of the schools I really like don't offer that...I was thinking of majoring in English with a minor in Communications/Journalism...? Advice? (Not to highjack your thread, I just didn't want to start another one with such a similar problem!)
  • bclintonkbclintonk Registered User Posts: 7,333 Senior Member
    Bee822 wrote:
    I don't have SAT II's so I'd have to send both.

    I don't understand this. Here's what Brown says it requires for standardized tests:
    Standardized Test Results
    We require either the SAT Reasoning Test and any two SAT Subject Tests
    or the ACT (with writing component).

    Concededly, it's not the model of clarity, but the only plausible way to read this is that they require either 1) the SAT Reasoning Test and two Subject Tests, or 2) the ACT (with writing),

    So if you send your ACT scores (the stronger of your test scores), then you don't need to send either the SAT Reasoning Test or SAT Subject Tests. In fact, without Subject Tests, the SAT Reasoning Test won't do you any good, because it counts only if it's submitted in conjunction with two Subject Tests.

    By the way, according to the official SAT-ACT Concordance, your 33 on the ACT is equivalent to about a 1460 SAT CR+M, 130 points higher than your actual SAT CR+M of 1330. That's why people are advising you to aim high, and to rely on your ACT scores, not SAT.

    Like anyone, however, you should have a well developed list of matches and safeties, because getting into a school like Brown is always something of a crapshoot.
  • Bee822Bee822 Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    Oops, I must have misunderstood the test requirements. That's a lot better than, if I don't have to submit my SAT score,since my ACT is clearly higher. I figured that even though Brown doesn't have my major exactly, it is more flexible with curriculum and perhaps I can create something. Also, if I did get in, I'm sure it will always be better to have a degree from Brown than another lesser known school with an advertising major. I could be wrong though.... I'm flexible with what a major in, but I do know I am aiming to get into the creative side of advertising. I've heard it's less what you major in and more your experience. Thanks for all the responses!
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