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Looking for East Coast college similar to U. of Oregon

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  • DustyfeathersDustyfeathers 3321 replies75 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 3,396 Senior Member
    edited January 2017
    Earlham has an 800 acre campus. Great values but smaller than she may like

    marlboro is tiny but has a Renaissance scholarship and has creative writing; set in the woods of Vermont
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  • DustyfeathersDustyfeathers 3321 replies75 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 3,396 Senior Member
    edited January 2017
    Warren Wilson is known for creative writing.

    St. Lawrence U is pretty, and Lorrie Moore attended (!!); not sure about price

    Bard College has great academics for creative writing , but may be pricey
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  • merc81merc81 9915 replies144 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 10,059 Senior Member
    edited January 2017
    The 10 Best American Colleges for Writers" | USA Today

    Emory
    Hamilton
    JHU
    MIT
    NYU
    WUStL
    UIowa
    Columbia
    UMichigan
    Colorado College

    http://college.usatoday.com/the-10-best-american-colleges-for-writers/

    "The 10 Best Colleges for Creative Writers" | The Freelancer

    Emory
    Hamilton
    JHU
    MIT
    NYU
    Oberlin
    Princeton
    Sarah Lawrence
    Sewanee
    Yale

    http://contently.net/2014/11/06/resources/10-best-colleges-creative-writers/

    "The 25 Most Literary Colleges in America" | Flavowire

    Princeton
    UIowa
    Brooklyn
    Pomona
    UHartford
    Wesleyan
    Sarah Lawrence
    Oberlin
    Williams
    Vanderbilt
    Smith
    UMississippi
    NYU
    Colorado College
    UChicago
    Hamilton
    Harvard
    UIUC
    Sewanee
    Emerson
    UT-Austin
    Columbia
    Vassar
    Bennington
    The New School

    http://flavorwire.com/409437/the-25-most-literary-colleges-in-america
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  • DustyfeathersDustyfeathers 3321 replies75 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 3,396 Senior Member
    Well . . . all that's well and good and must have been a lot of effort, but I'd be curious how they develop those lists. For example. University of Iowa isn't on any of the lists and it's widely considered to be a top (THE) of the heap.

    My personal feeling about creative writing is that most of what a person learns needs to be self taught. The school can only do so much. And usually creative writing programs teach the writing process, but tend to stay away from the nitty gritty how-tos. They focus tends to be on the literary genre and exclude other genres. The vast majority of writing in the marketplace is other genres. Majoring in CW is a great way to get in 4 years of practice on a lifelong journey.

    Maybe one approach in choosing the right program is to look at the schools she likes and then look at the faculty. What have they written? Does she want to learn from them? That may help narrow down the list.

    Second, she may want to look at various favorite authors and figure out how they learned to write. This could be a supplement to her own studies.

    Finally for nitty gritty how-to, she should probably attend writers conferences in her target genre. Those conferences have workshops on craft that she may enjoy.

    Best of luck.
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  • AbsDadAbsDad 114 replies51 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 165 Junior Member
    PhilBergas.... it isn't about cord cutting... it is about $1000 RT airfare several times a year, or $2000 if we want to go visit. We are from PA.... 3,000 miles away.
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  • AbsDadAbsDad 114 replies51 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 165 Junior Member
    OK, so, another issue is we do make $200K a year, and many schools would say we don't "need" money. And she wanted several other schools - like Hamilton - and they don't give merit scholarships. Plus we ran the Hamilton calculator and it says we should expect ZERO dollars in aid.

    We also have a company helping us through the process, but they only care about costs, and not the right fit..... so I need to present them with the right fit, so they can work on costs.
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  • philbegasphilbegas 2924 replies73 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 2,997 Senior Member
    edited January 2017
    If she really wants to go to U of O and is willing to give up visiting home during the school year then that could save money.

    University of Oregon has quite a few OOS freshman merit scholarships that would bring the cost of attendance down significantly if she gets them!
    https://financialaid.uoregon.edu/scholarships_freshmen
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  • Erin's DadErin's Dad 32863 replies3607 discussionsSuper Moderator Posts: 36,470 Super Moderator
    Both Kenyon and Denison offer merit based aid.
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  • merc81merc81 9915 replies144 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 10,059 Senior Member
    edited January 2017
    University of Iowa isn't on any of the lists
    See the USA Today and Flavowire lists, @Dustyfeathers.
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  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 41142 replies445 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 41,587 Senior Member
    Denison has a great non fiction writing major and it offers merit.
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  • DustyfeathersDustyfeathers 3321 replies75 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 3,396 Senior Member
    Sory I was losing my sight, obviously

    @merc81
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  • mrshostmrshost 18 replies0 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 18 New Member
    I would still apply for U of O and hope for a good financial aid package to offset some of the costs to travel home. I also went to a school that was far away from home. I sacrificed visiting home for the opportunity to go so far away (i.e., went home with friends for Thanksgiving). Perhaps she can earn the airfare through a job on campus. Just thinking creatively....
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  • merc81merc81 9915 replies144 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 10,059 Senior Member
    No worries, @Dustyfeathers. Your suggestions here seem very helpful.
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  • juilletjuillet 12575 replies160 discussionsSuper Moderator Posts: 12,735 Super Moderator
    The University of Oregon doesn't have 10,000 or less students; it has over 20,000 undergraduates and an additional 4,000 graduate students. It also does not have a creative writing major - it has a creative writing minor, though.

    What does she mean by a place where she doesn't feel "lost"? That could be anything. Some introverted students may feel more comfortable at a small LAC where they'll be missed if they don't show up to class and there is a smaller campus community to plug into. Other introverts may prefer the relative anonymity of a big school. UO is a pretty big school - it's in the mid-range of most public universities.

    If you're in PA, Penn State is an obvious choice but it's not that much less expensive for PA residents than PA non-residents. The SUNYs are good recommendations, as they tend to be lower cost even for OOS residents. SUNY New Paltz is in the beautiful Hudson Valley and is liberal arts college-sized. It has a creative writing minor. SUNY Purchase may be another good choice, and they do have a major in creative writing and is generally a pretty liberal, artsy kind of place. SUNY Binghamton has a literature and creative writing concentration in their English major.

    University of Minnesota is actually relatively inexpensive for OOS residents - their tuition is around $23K a year. It doesn't have a creative writing major but has a minor; there's also an MFA program in creative writing, which means potential access to graduate courses and a robust departmental culture (speaker series, workshops, graduate students who can advise, etc.) There's also a technical writing and communication major - which is different, but related.
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  • Oregon2016Oregon2016 706 replies1 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 707 Member
    A good number of Oregon kids looking to go out of state choose University of Denver.
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