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Sleeper Schools

justinthomasjustinthomas Registered User Posts: 25 Junior Member
Does anyone know of any "sleeper" schools that are excellent academically and have a good job network and good return on investment? Also, they should give lots of aid or be cheap and have nice campus life?

A few schools I have identified are:

- Babson College
- Clark College
- Bentley College
-DePaul University
- University of Alabama-Huntsville
-San Jose State University
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Replies to: Sleeper Schools

  • AlmostThere2018AlmostThere2018 Registered User Posts: 1,053 Senior Member
    Colorado College of the Mines if you're doing engineering or such. Agree with UA-Hunstville, esp. for technical fields
  • nw2thisnw2this Registered User Posts: 2,608 Senior Member
    edited March 15
    Mines isn’t that great with aid.

    U Mississippi
    Mississippi State
    Texas State
  • DustyfeathersDustyfeathers Registered User Posts: 3,301 Senior Member
    edited March 15
    University of the Pacific -- has good tech
    Southwestern University in Texas
    Earlham
    Simmons
    Clarkson University -- has good tech
    U of Wyoming -- automatic scholarships
    U of Maine at Orono -- automatic scholarships
    New Mexico Tech
    South Dakota Mines
    SUNY Maritime
    Webb Institute
    Agnes Scott
  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 Registered User Posts: 4,554 Senior Member
    St. Olaf
  • justinthomasjustinthomas Registered User Posts: 25 Junior Member
    @Dustyfeathers What are the maritime colleges good at?
  • DustyfeathersDustyfeathers Registered User Posts: 3,301 Senior Member
    SUNY Maritime is one of the schools that outperforms on ROI. https://www.payscale.com/college-roi

    Engineering, sciences, and some business.

    Here's the link -- https://www.sunymaritime.edu/academics/undergraduate-programs
  • ColoradomamaColoradomama Registered User Posts: 2,181 Senior Member
    Colorado School of Mines has excellent OOS aid if you have very high math scores and As in math, and
    have taken AP calculus by 12th grade.
    What do you want to study? Mines is very narrowly focused, although you can study economics,
    there is not a finance degree there. Mines is strongest in geophysics, petroleum engineering, and mechanical engineering, as well as geochemistry, and chemical engineering. Mines is associated with a wind and solar energy lab in the same small town, Golden Colorado.
  • ColoradomamaColoradomama Registered User Posts: 2,181 Senior Member
    Wichita State University in Wichita Kansas has some really good programs at bargain basement prices.

    San Jose State is a commuter school in a large city, San Jose, which is much larger than San Francisco.
    What state are you from? OOS tuition can be expensive, and OOS merit aid can be hard to win in California.
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 74,419 Senior Member
    What are the maritime colleges good at?

    They focus on anything related to ships and shipping. Take a look at the list of majors at a maritime academy: https://www.csum.edu/web/majors/majors .

    Most of the financial ROI outperformers tend to focus on high financial ROI majors, like engineering and CS majors. Choice of major tends to be a really big factor in the financial ROI of attending college.
  • rfm512rfm512 Registered User Posts: 65 Junior Member
    I haven't researched the ROI but my D fell in love with the campus at Univ of Puget Sound and the whole Seattle area is wonderful for tech jobs as well as quality of life. They have also been generous with the merit money with us. Warm and responsive admissions staff as well. Ive also heard that engineering/computing departments excellent at UW but getting quite competitive for admission.
  • DustyfeathersDustyfeathers Registered User Posts: 3,301 Senior Member
    edited March 15
    Centre College -- Excellent school and often overlooked -- great ART glass program -- guarantee to graduate in 4 years -- https://www.centre.edu/category/glass-art/

    Alfred University -- generally nice school, the only glass engineering program in the country, the best ceramics program in the country. https://www.alfred.edu/academics/undergrad-majors-minors/glass-engineering-science/index.cfm

    Wells College -- nice small LAC, some cross reg with Cornell, buses to Ithaca

    The Apprentice School -- free tuition -- apprentice in major ship-related trades -- some higher degrees offered
    https://www.as.edu/

    SUNY Nanotech -- https://sunypoly.edu/research/albany-nanotech-complex.html

  • CorinthianCorinthian Registered User Posts: 1,790 Senior Member
    Hope College in Holland, Michigan. My D has been offered 28K in merit aid plus it has a lower COA to start with. She is interested in Physics and Computer Science and has been invited to participate in a summer research program in astrophysics as an incoming freshman where she will get a $4200 stipend and spend June at the Goddard Space Flight Center near DC and July on campus doing research. Holland, MI is a nice college town.
  • justinthomasjustinthomas Registered User Posts: 25 Junior Member
    @Corinthian What were your daughters high school stats? Because that seem like a REALLY good gig she got.
  • CorinthianCorinthian Registered User Posts: 1,790 Senior Member
    edited March 16
    @justinthomas She has a 35 ACT, her GPA is 3.6 unweighted, 3.9 weighted, good rigor but not the MOST rigor at her public suburban high school. She has taken a total of 6 AP classes. Her merit scholarship is a combination of several merit awards including their trustee's scholarship and extra for being a legacy (grandparents, aunts/uncles/cousins). She wants to major in computer science and physics. Hope has a number of research opportunities that are open to incoming freshman in STEM fields. https://hope.edu/academics/research-scholarship/undergraduate-research/summer-research.html . Hope has a 72% acceptance rate and I think she is getting good opportunities because she has strong stats for Hope plus her interest in physics. Physics is one of their smaller departments but they have grant funding to sponsor research projects.

    I note in one of your other threads you are an URM. Hope also has additional merit aid for diversity purposes. Not all these scholarships appear on the main web page for merit scholarships. Follow this link and then scroll down to find Hope. http://www.venturescholar.org/hs/scholarshipslisting.html. In particular look at the Heritage Award ($3K to $12K per year -- and can stack on top of other merit awards) and the Covenant Scholarship, which is a full ride.
  • justinthomasjustinthomas Registered User Posts: 25 Junior Member
    @Corinthian I have had several (I mean SEVERAL) aunts and uncles attend Syracuse University. Do you think they would offer me a substantial scholarship amount?
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