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Where do the casual, non-hipster, jock/outdoorsy kids go to college?


Replies to: Where do the casual, non-hipster, jock/outdoorsy kids go to college?

  • gardenstategalgardenstategal Registered User Posts: 3,059 Senior Member
    Exactly my point, @eyemgh! They don't all do this the same way, so you have to look at each one, not lump them altogether by calendar style. And in addition to the student, I would add the subject to the mix. Some things are easier done immersively whereas others need a little time for absorption!

    I attended a quarter system school ages ago where the workload was identical to what it would have been in a semester system, but rather than have 2 15 week semesters, there were 3 10 week quarters. Many courses went over 2 quarters. The workload was no different (4 classes per term norm) but the content was either less (1 quarter) or more (2) than what would have happened in 15 weeks. I felt like there was a little more flexibility in terms of curriculum. It did mean more finals!

    DS looked at one college with the same schedule where there were 3 classes per term but at a faster pace. I felt like it might be better for him in terms of focus and organization. So same calendar but used differently.

    Of course, there are schools like Colorado College that do only one class at a time.

    I know @Lindagaf is an old hand at this, but it's a difference that isn't always exactly what it seems.
  • CuriosaCuriosa Registered User Posts: 32 Junior Member
    @Lindagaf, I wouldn't rule Denver out yet. They are well known for their support for kids with learning differences. That's actually how I first heard about them, I was searching for schools with those kinds of programs. Just found this on-line: "UD also features the Learning Effectiveness Program (LEP) as a fee-based program that 'provides individualized academic support for University of Denver students with learning disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), or a history of learning differences.' The LEP provides private individualized academic counseling, individual and subject specific tutoring and organization/time management assistance."
  • LindagafLindagaf Registered User Posts: 6,895 Senior Member
    Thanks @gardenstategal and @Curiosa . I will talk with him further about colleges with the quarter system. USD alos has the quarter system, if I recall. Gonzaga and U Denver are both interesting.

    Meanwhile, I have been looking at all the colleges suggested and have learned more. The language thing is a potential problem, as many colleges recommend but don't require three or even four years of FL. So I guess colleges that might be matches or even safeties become less so.
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 62,840 Senior Member
    edited July 17
    eyemgh wrote:
    that depends very much on the school and the student. Most quarter schools require more hours. My son's curriculum is 200. He has nearly always taken 4 (or more) courses.

    Depends on the major. If a semester system school requires 120 credits to graduate, an equivalent quarter system school requires 180 credits to graduate. But some majors may have subject requirements that exceed that, so, for example, a semester school may require a mechanical engineering major to complete 130 credits, and an equivalent quarter system school may require a mechanical engineering major to complete 195 credits. (A semester system credit = 1.5 quarter system credits.)
  • CALSmomCALSmom Registered User Posts: 438 Member
    There's Azusa Pacific University near Pasadena CA. About 10k students, football, semester system. Drivable to beach and the mountains for snowboarding
  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 31,409 Senior Member
    edited July 17
    Azusa is Evangelical/Conservative Christian with a strict code of conduct and religious requirements including attending chapel three times a week and six doctrinal classes on the Bible and Christian behavior/thought. The motto" God First", is taken seriously.
    Students must show they want to grow in their faith and must abide by a statement of faith.
    So that's to be taken into account as it's not for everyone (even among Christians).
  • CALSmomCALSmom Registered User Posts: 438 Member
    @MYOS1634 that's true. Just thought that might be a consideration as USD is also on their list. Not familiar with USD religious requirements though.
  • LindagafLindagaf Registered User Posts: 6,895 Senior Member
    My son is totally non-religious, but as long as there aren't a lot of overt signs of religion evident,,he would probably be okay. We have more research to do. An evangelical school is probably not going to work, but thanks for,the suggestion.
  • CALSmomCALSmom Registered User Posts: 438 Member
    @Lindagaf yes, sounds like APU not a fit. I think I read on another thread where someone visited USD and was put off by all the crosses on the buildings. I've been there (USD) but only to the cathedral to attend a few weddings. It's gorgeous. Since you were considering USD maybe you'd consider SDSU. I know it's big but it's laid back, tons of majors to choose from, lots of athletics, 20-25 from beach and 2.5 hrs to nearest Skiing (Mountain High).
  • OHMomof2OHMomof2 Registered User Posts: 10,137 Senior Member
    Miami U in Ohio might appeal. Right size, vibe, undergrad focus. Winter sports, sure - they have a killer hockey team. But skiing...it exists in Ohio at 3 or so places but it's not GOOD skiing. And I think the closest is Mad River Mountain, almost 2 hours from Oxford.

    But might check most of the other boxes.
  • my2caligirlsmy2caligirls Registered User Posts: 677 Member
    edited July 17
    I will second @calsmom SDSU suggestion - great campus and vibe. Also think of Boulder which was previously suggested but it's certainly expensive.
  • LindagafLindagaf Registered User Posts: 6,895 Senior Member
    @CALSmom , good old Mtn. High! Been many times. Ski in the a..m, surf in the afternoon. Or the other way around. Yes, maybe SDSU is worth considering. He is going to have to compromise.
  • CALSmomCALSmom Registered User Posts: 438 Member
    @Lindagaf yes that's the beauty of San Diego...beach and snow in the same day if you want. Plus you can't beat the fish tacos, carne asada burritos and fries! Lots of great choices you have for schools.
  • citymama9citymama9 Registered User Posts: 1,664 Senior Member
    Awhile back I came across U of NH. Having not heard much about it, I came away from their website thinking "this school has a lot going for it". Definitely go through their website to get a feel for it. I also feel like you can't go wrong with U of VT and U of Colorado. I think of those schools when I think of "chill vibe". That is of course if you prefer he doesn't go all the way to CA.
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