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Underrated gems. Colleges that are never mentioned on CC but are really fantastic.

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  • NJWrestlingmomNJWrestlingmom 1226 replies2 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I definitely didn’t go to Glassboro for the parties, I went for the the affordable and very good education program. Granted this was the late 80’s so a little past the party prime. Also definitely not recognizable as the school S17 knows asRowan!

    But I don’t think Rowan is really a “hidden” gem and the thread has gotten a bit derailed.
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  • SuperSenior19SuperSenior19 173 replies7 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @sahmkc Sorry for that, I totally understand now! Whoops :blush:
    It's kind of interesting how some schools are well-regarded regionally and unknown nationally, while others are nationally well-known and seen as just ok schools locally! Public opinion works in mysterious ways...

    Side note: I didn't realize Missouri was an underrepresented state. Then again, you're right, it depends on the school (and besides, why should Wyoming and North Dakota get all the credit?)
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  • sahmkcsahmkc 589 replies19 threadsRegistered User Member
    @SuperSenior19 I'm so glad because I attended a regional Uni and I would not want to give the impression that you needed to attend a college with a National reputation to get a good education or be successful. I agree totally that the state you are from can be underrepresented depending on the college you are applying to - Schools in Iowa, Arkansas and Kansas are not really in need of Missouri students but I bet they would love more west or east coast students. My alma mater was Northwest Missouri State and it was jokingly referred to as Southwest Iowa as we had so many students from Iowa.Some students/parents have really been able to take advantage of the underrepresented state by looking outside of their local areas to find these hidden gems that will give them a great education for a great price.
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  • cptofthehousecptofthehouse 29422 replies58 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I may have missed these. Very interesting schools. Look at ratings and costs. Soka College and Minerva Schools at Keck.
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  • SuperSenior19SuperSenior19 173 replies7 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    I completely agree, @sahmkc. My parents both went to regional universities, and while they're not for everybody, they're great for commuter students, merit-hunters, or people looking for a second chance academically. Not every school can have a global student body, but that's fine for a lot of people.

    At college fairs, I always loved/pitied the reps for the University of Wyoming and the University of North Dakota -- their schools have 95+% acceptance rates because no one applies, and no one ever stopped at their booths...but really, they're just the Mizzou or SUNY or Iowa U of their respective states, so why not? It depends on the student, obviously, but I actually know a girl going to SD for college, and for her, it makes sense.

    Interestingly, I think there's a joke about Duke being the University of New Jersey, Southern Campus because of all the Northern students that go there :)
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  • natty1988natty1988 642 replies8 threadsRegistered User Member
    Well said, @SuperSenior19

    I feel bad for University of Wyoming and University of North Dakota too, it's too bad more students don't apply and attend. I'm sure they have wonderful programs and offer a great college experience!
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  • natty1988natty1988 642 replies8 threadsRegistered User Member
    University of Wyoming would be a great school for kids who love the outdoors! Plus, it's part of WUE which would make it more affordable for OOS who live out West!

    Here is an article about more out of state students heading to North Dakota for college (It may be behind a paywall):
    https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052702304231204576406042109860376
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  • ColoradomamaColoradomama 2779 replies32 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    North Dakota offers one of the best training for Air Traffic Controllers.
    http://aviation.und.edu/prospective-students/undergraduate/air-traffic-management.aspx

    You do not need to be a college grad to become an air traffic controller, but you can go to U of North Dakota
    and get fast tracked into this high paying government job. It requires nerves of steel as you will be guiding commercial airlines into major airports via computer technology. The FAA Centers are not as close to airports
    as you might think. So, for instance, the FAA control towers for Denver International are 38 miles north in Longmont Colorado. Jobs pay on the GS government pay scales.
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  • ColoradomamaColoradomama 2779 replies32 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    With that I do not believe that U of North Dakota offers a "great college experience". Its freezing cold wilderness up there, but for someone who wants to join the FAA, its an excellent program that will fast track into a very high paying career with the FAA.
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  • ColoradomamaColoradomama 2779 replies32 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    U of Wyoming is at 7000 feet above sea level and the road to get there shuts down about 10 to 40 days a year.
    Its highway 287 out of Fort Collins, Colorado. Laramie is OK. Most Colorado kids go up there because they cannot afford more expensive public schools in the state of Colorado. U of Wyoming is subsidized by oil and gas money
    and every student gets a great deal to go there. The jobs are all in Colorado, though, there are virtually no jobs at
    all in Wyoming, except the ski industry, oil and gas, or a few jobs in Cheyenne WY, which is closer to Fort Collins, CO
    and lower down.

    Laramie WY, is very very windy, cold, and isolated. I 80 through that region of Wyoming,
    is so windy that cars routinely blow
    off the highway. Its not for most kids, but Colorado kids can usually tolerate Laramie for 4 years.
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  • ColoradomamaColoradomama 2779 replies32 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    For most students who are not from the Rocky Mountain West, Montana State will be much better than U of North Dakota or U of Wyoming. Its got more of a college experience, in Bozeman Montana. North Dakota is very very isolating and desolate. Wyoming has more pronghorns than people, there are only 500,000 people in Wyoming but there are a million pronghorns.
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  • SuperSenior19SuperSenior19 173 replies7 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    I'm sure the University of Wyoming isn't the best school on Earth -- I know next to nothing about it, and I wasn't trying to imply that it's a hidden gem per se, just using it as an example (so feel free to replace it with Montana State if you want!). But still, there's 10K students who chose the school and 30K people who live in Laramie; even if it's not my taste, some people prefer living in the West, or might like it if they went.

    Actually, if there's anything I've learned from the whole college search process, it's that people really will go to any college out there, for better or worse...there's schools that I absolutely hate that other people love and vice versa, places with sketchy academics that people go into debt for, etc. Eventually, every college will find someone to go there (unless they close, I guess).
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  • Parentof2014gradParentof2014grad 977 replies12 threadsRegistered User Member
    University of Wyoming has a great, well-funded study abroad program. We know a couple of students there, including one who is has studied abroad in at least two countries, done some cool internships, and is graduating a year early. This student also spent a semester off campus on an internship and taking classes online. It’s very affordable and a great school for the right student.
    My daughter was offered a lot of money in scholarships, over and above WUE. We visited, but she chose a different school. It’s a very pretty campus though. Great dining hall.
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  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone 22972 replies17 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    U of Wyoming is at 7000 feet above sea level and the road to get there shuts down about 10 to 40 days a year.
    Its highway 287 out of Fort Collins, Colorado.[/quote[

    You can get to Laramie on I-80 too. My daughter went there for 4.5 years and was never prevented from getting to or leaving campus because a road was closed, and certainly not for 40 days a year. I don't remember school being cancelled even once while U of Colorado was closed often, even cancelling finals once, during this time. If you are in Laramie, you go to class. If you are out of town when the road closes, you come back as soon as you can. It is not a commuter school and most students don't leave for the weekend either as they homes (ranches) can be 8 hours away. Students do go to Cheyenne and Denver all the time for concerts, sports, the airport, etc.

    Wyoming is great. Yes, it's windy and cold but they don't have school in January because that's the worst. It's very inexpensive; my daughter paid less to go there OOS than my nephew did to go to CU instate. She never had a problem being shut out of a class, knew all her professors, usually had about 25 students per class, went on study abroad heavily subsidized (thank you Dick Cheney), could find jobs on campus.

    I do think it's a hidden gem but don't care if anyone else finds it. Right now she's living and working in Cheyenne so some grads do end up staying.
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