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Looking for East Coast college similar to U. of Oregon

AbsDadAbsDad 114 replies51 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 165 Junior Member
edited January 2017 in College Search & Selection
My daughter wants to attend the University of Oregon, but it is 3,000 miles away, and so she probably can't do that. So we are trying to find an east coast ( maybe as far as the mid-west ) university that has what she really wants:

1. 10,000 or less students
2. Creative writing major / minor
3.Gorgeous campus with lots of trees .... just pretty. It is what makes her happy.
4. Leans left politically - just so long as it isn't particularly conservative
5. A place where she won't feel "lost". She is rather introverted.
6. Not a $50K a year university.

She is an A+ student, and ranks in the top 8% of her class. National Honor Society member, She is a sophomore as of this post.
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  • merc81merc81 9912 replies144 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 10,056 Senior Member
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  • philbegasphilbegas 2924 replies73 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 2,997 Senior Member
    IMO you should consider letting her at least apply to U of O, you'll have to cut the umbilical chord one day, and I'll bet the midwest is still a flight away just like Oregon would be. In the case that you don't want to hear any of that;


    What state are y'all from?
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  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 41138 replies445 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 41,583 Senior Member
    edited January 2017
    UDel
    Suny Geneseo
    Suny New paltz
    U Vermont
    St Mary 's Maryland
    Tcnj
    Christopher Newport
    James Madison

    Most oos public's will be expensive, so see if she may like smaller schools suxhas lacs. Run the NPC for all of these.
    Consider letting her apply to U Oregon though.
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  • merc81merc81 9912 replies144 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 10,056 Senior Member
    For many families, private colleges listed here will often be less expensive than OOS publics:

    http://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/paying-for-college/articles/2016-09-19/colleges-that-claim-to-meet-full-financial-need
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  • Erin's DadErin's Dad 32863 replies3607 discussionsSuper Moderator Posts: 36,470 Super Moderator
    I was thinking Kenyon or Denison right up till the cost line.
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  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 41138 replies445 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 41,583 Senior Member
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    Kenyon and Denison (plus Columbia and UChicago) would be top choices for her academic interests but run the NPC : if you make 75k and under they're probably cheaper than a state school at instate rates, if you make 125k and under they're likely cheaper than an oos public.
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  • TTGTTG 1662 replies14 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,676 Senior Member
    University of Vermont was also my first thought. Maybe University of New Hampshire or Maine as well. UNC-Asheville is a liberal arts school with about 4000-5000 students in a great, hip mountain town with tons to do in nature. St. Mary's College of Maryland is right on the Chesapeake Bay if she likes water. Also maybe the consortium schools in Western Massachusetts (Smith, Mount Holyoke, Hampshire, Amherst, and U Mass-Amherst). Students at one school can take classes at all the others. Some have great writing programs/classes. Area is beautiful. Schools are all good, and one might be a good fit for her. Both Amherst (Amherst and U Mass) and Northampton (Smith) are great college towns. Berkshires are right there. If she prefers the South, The University of the South (Sewanee) fits all her criteria. Belmont Abbey, outside Nashville, is a beautiful school with lots of trees.

    I echo what is said above about getting money from private schools. Much aid is need-based, but many schools also give generous merit aid, including some of the schools on the above list. If you google "common data set" with a school's name, you will get a form that includes data on financial aid. This can be very helpful. Say she is interested in School X. You look and 10% of students get merit aid, then you might figure her odds are long, depending on how she seems to compare overall to admitted students (stats near lower end, or higher end). School Y might offer merit aid to 82% of admitted students with an average of 10 to 20 thousand dollars. Then her odds would be high.

    For example, check out merit aid at Miami University-Oxford (of Ohio)'s admissions webpage. They provide a one page chart for this year's applicants that shows a range of merit aid that will be awarded based on test scores and GPA. That would give you some idea for there but also give you some idea of how it might potentially work at other schools, even if they are not as explicit about criteria. One of my kids went to a private national university that gives lots of aid. For them, it did not cost much more to go there than at our state's most expensive public schools.
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  • happy1happy1 22407 replies2183 discussionsForum Champion Parents, Forum Champion Admissions Posts: 24,590 Forum Champion
    Not sure the campus will meet the "pretty" and "tree" test but SUNY New Paltz has the right size, student body typw etc. and offers a Creative Writing concentration as an English major. Nearby Mohonk Preserve area is lovely. SUNY schools have reasonable OOS rates.
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  • lookingforwardlookingforward 32215 replies336 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 32,551 Senior Member
    edited January 2017
    It might help to know more about size than "10,000 or less." Big difference when the enrollment is under 2k.

    And some named here are waaay over 10k students.

    The consortium schools in post 8 are interesting. You'd get the whole range of sizes and lots of mobility among the schools.
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  • barronsbarrons 23029 replies1951 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 24,980 Senior Member
    Vermont is excellent suggestion.
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  • TTGTTG 1662 replies14 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,676 Senior Member
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    If a small school does work (and maybe it doesn't if she wants to go to Oregon), I agree with the Kenyon and Denison suggestions. Kenyon alums include John Green (The Fault in Our Stars, etc.), E.L. Doctorow, Caleb Carr, Robert Lowell, William Gass, Laura Hillenbrand, and Bill Watterson--pretty impressive. Classic LAC campus. I don't know much about financial aid at Kenyon. I do know that Denison is a great school with a spectacular LAC type campus. Denison does give lots of merit aid.
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  • tk21769tk21769 10587 replies27 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 10,614 Senior Member
    Many public universities cost less than $50K, even at full-sticker out-of-state rates.
    Unfortunately, the University of Vermont is not one of them.

    How much less than $50K does it need to be?
    St. Mary's College of MD is about $43K without aid.
    http://www.kiplinger.com/tool/college/T014-S001-kiplinger-s-best-values-in-public-colleges/

    If your household income is less than about $175K-$200K, then you might qualify for enough need-based aid to drive the cost below $50K for some of the colleges listed here:
    http://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/paying-for-college/articles/2016-09-19/colleges-that-claim-to-meet-full-financial-need

    Kenyon's net price might be below $50K with a merit scholarship, even if you don't qualify for need-based aid.
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  • DustyfeathersDustyfeathers 3321 replies75 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 3,396 Senior Member
    University of Maine Orono is in a gorgeous area (but near Bangor, so has airport). It has a tuition matching program for OOS students. I think of it as the "undiscovered UVM" Stephen King was part of it's Creative Writing program.
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  • DustyfeathersDustyfeathers 3321 replies75 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 3,396 Senior Member
    She may want to consider Sewanee-- 13K acre campus in the mountains, writing program; lower tuition than most
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