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Colorado Boulder or Arizona State?

Cloud611Cloud611 Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
edited November 2012 in College Search & Selection
I want to become an ESL teacher in foreign countries like China and Japan, and maybe be a ESL teacher or just teacher here in the States afterwards. However, I got to pick between CU and ASU.

I'm Colorado resident.
My weighted GPA is 3.7, unweighted 3.6, and my ACT score is 25.
I'm AP Chinese student.

If I go to CU I want to major in Chinese and Education. I figure I can take advantage of instate tuition.

If I go to ASU I want to major in Chinese and Elementary Education teaching English as foreign language. I hear ASU has a good Chinese program and it has an ESL program, which I thought was convenient. My concern for ASU is that I hear it's a huge party school and I'm not into the party scene. I'm overall a goody- goody bibliophile and artistic type of gal. My highest priority in college is getting a good education and a good degree.

Which would you advise me to take? Also, I do not care overall if one school is more fun or warmer. Like I said before my highest priority is my education.
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Replies to: Colorado Boulder or Arizona State?

  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 64,368 Senior Member
    You did not mention what your cost constraints are, or if you ran the net price calculators at each school. That can be important.

    Re: "China and Japan"

    Note that Chinese is different from Japanese. (There are also different variants of Chinese.)
  • Cloud611Cloud611 Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    I rather stay on the cheap end of things if possible. I did apply to both. Then I wanted to see which I could pay for, however if I can pay for either, I wanted to know the better of the two schools. The net prices for ASU is about 21000 per yr and for CU instate $7,672 per year. Also it is not require to know the language to teach English in Japan or China. It is a bonus however. Lastly I'm studying simplify Chinese.
  • windbehindwingswindbehindwings Registered User Posts: 282 Junior Member
    Did you visit the two schools yet? If you can visit, you can walk around, talk to students, and go to the department where you want to major. Faculty may be available to talk with you if you notify them in advance. You may be able to find a student to show you their dorm and talk about how they like the school. You can go on a campus tour with the admissions dept. The two campuses feel so different!
  • timetodecide12timetodecide12 Registered User Posts: 788 Member
    Colorado Boulder is stronger academically and it being in-state makes it a no-brainer
  • gadadgadad Registered User Posts: 7,762 Senior Member
    In general I'd agree with timetodecide, but if you can get into the Barrett Honors College at ASU it may be a factor worth considering. It would also add $1,000 to the cost, however.
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