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nmarietheseanmariethesea 14 replies1 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
i’m looking for colleges that are small (preferably LAC) near a beach area. i would also want the area of the school to feel beachy. however, i also need the school to be affordable, so that pretty much knocks out all california schools. any suggestions??? i also live in maryland and i’m looking to do a pre-med track if that helps.

thank you!!!
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  • sushirittosushiritto 3990 replies12 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Pepperdine.
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  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 7257 replies56 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Eckert College in St. Pete, FL.
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  • Groundwork2022Groundwork2022 2217 replies36 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Salve Regina in Newport, RI isn't exactly a LAC, but it is small enough to have that feel, and it is right on the water. It will "feel beachy" even though it will be too cold to swim for much of the school year.
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  • happy1happy1 22851 replies2248 threadsVerified Member Senior Member
    edited July 13
    What does your family define as affordable? What are your academic stats? IMO affordability and academic fit must be the priory (ahead of proximity to a beach).

    FWIW a two second google search will give you multiple lists of colleges near the beach -- you can look through those choices and determine fit, affordability etc. It is important to take the time to do research. Here are a couple such threads - you can find MANY more.
    https://www.bestcollegereviews.org/colleges-by-the-sea/
    https://www.collegechoice.net/rankings/best-oceanside-colleges/
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  • nmarietheseanmariethesea 14 replies1 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    thank you @Creekland and @momofsenior1 for this suggestion! i was actually thinking about applying to this one but i’m a bit concerned about the price :/ are they generous with scholarships and merit aid? (uw gpa is 3.96 and sat is 1290) also @Creekland i was thinking about biology or comp sci :-)
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  • ProfessorPlum168ProfessorPlum168 4064 replies87 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Pepperdine is not a LAC
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  • nmarietheseanmariethesea 14 replies1 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @Groundwork2022 thank you! i have not looked into this one so i will start researching it :-)
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  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 7257 replies56 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Here's the link to Eckerd's scholarships: https://www.eckerd.edu/admissions/financial-aid/types/
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  • hophop 977 replies2 threadsRegistered User Member
    Not quite a traditional LAC, Christopher Newport University in VA is pretty close to the beach, and is a smaller, more welcoming community. Their undergrad student body has only about 5,000.
    Since you'd be in-state, be sure to check out St. Mary's College of Maryland.

    Other beach-y, but potentially larger schools might include; U North Carolina - Wilmington, Coastal Carolina U, College of Charleston, U of North Florida, U of South Florida - St. Petersburg, U of West Florida, Old Dominion, SUNY - Stony Brook, Roger Williams U and U Miami are all on the coast.
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  • CreeklandCreekland 5754 replies89 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    For any school you're interested in, run the NPC to see if they are affordable. Eckerd is terrific for Bio. I'm not sure about CS to be honest. If you're in MD, also think about St Mary's College. I know students who have gone there and enjoyed it. It should be affordable for you since you're in state.
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  • merc81merc81 10340 replies157 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Soka is exceptionally well funded with respect to scholarship availability and offers a Life Science concentration.
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  • nmarietheseanmariethesea 14 replies1 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @happy1 i’m paying for my own college with loans so i want it to be as cheap as possible and my family’s situation will not get us any financial aid. of course academic fit, etc is a priority but i want to make sure i love the surrounding areas as well so i don’t feel trapped. also i have done a lot of those two second google searches and none of them show a lot of small colleges, they all just suggest uncw, every uc, and a huge state school in florida. i will probably end up at a college not near the beach but i still just wanted suggestions more geared for what i want :-)
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  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 7257 replies56 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    The best bets for large merit awards are usually regional schools in your home state. You want to keep your loan amounts as low as possible. The beach will still be there when you graduate.

    Are you a rising senior? Can you take the SAT again? If you can get that score up, it might open up more merit scholarships.
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  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone 22961 replies17 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Soka is NOT near a beach and the campus couldn't be less 'beachy' if it tried. It's in an office complex, but is very well kept. There are palm trees.

    Flagler in St. Augustine, FL is quite beachy and very inexpensive.

    Florida tech is very beachy, has a number of pre-med majors, and gives a lot of aid, but the sticker price is high. Embry-Riddle also on the beach and has bio-tech majors good for pre-med. Neither is an LAC.

    Florida International is bigger, but it's on the beach. U of North Florida is in Jacksonvile, about 15 minutes from the beach. Florida state schools aren't that expensive for OOS student.
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  • merc81merc81 10340 replies157 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited July 13
    @twoinanddone: What do you mean by not near the beach? Soka is 8.4 miles from Laguna Beach. What do you mean by in an office complex? Soka's own Mission-stlye architecture defines its campus.
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  • PepperJoPepperJo 288 replies10 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    edited July 13
    Westmont, Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, or Point Loma. Generous with merit but still might be too expensive if you’re paying for it yourself. All Christian based if you’re okay with that.
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  • tk21769tk21769 10658 replies27 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Check out St. Mary's College of Maryland, which has a waterfront campus (although it may not be your idea of a "beach"). Or, New College of Florida.
    Both of these are public LACs. College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor ME is near water (although again it may not be near your idea of a beach, and the curriculum is rather unusual).

    Salisbury U isn't a LAC, but is near Ocean City MD and relatively small as public universities go.

    William & Mary, another small public university, is located between two rivers and about a 75 min. drive from Virginia Beach.
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  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone 22961 replies17 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    The Soka campus I know is up on top on the ridge in Aliso Viejo. You have to drive through other residential towns to get to the beach. Alisa Viejo is not a beach town.

    My daughter played hockey in Aliso Viejo so I was there every Sunday. I never saw a soul one the campus. Not one. Maybe they had all packed up for the trip to the beach.
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  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 41874 replies451 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Can you take the sat one more time? Just 50 points would make a difference in merit aid.
    Eckerd immediately comes to mind. Run the NPC!
    St Mary's in Maryland would likely be the cheapest for you near the water.
    Run the NPC on UNC Wilmington, College of'Charleston.
    Is SDSU too expensive?
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