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cortland v plattsburgh

doaflip21doaflip21 Registered User Posts: 15 New Member
edited May 2009 in SUNY - General
I was just accepted to both of these schools but I don't know anyone who has attended, haven't visited yet, and I still don't know much about them. Anybody have any info?
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Replies to: cortland v plattsburgh

  • PlattsburghLoserPlattsburghLoser Registered User Posts: 5,487 Senior Member
    I used to attend Plattsburgh (transferred to Fordham). I loved Plattsburgh and only left because I wasn't from New York and traveling to and from the city was difficult. If given the option, I'd go back in a heartbeat.
    The people are ridiculously friendly, it's a small college town, the professor's are accessible and know their disciplines well and classroom sizes are pretty small, 10 - 30 students.
    I also feel like I learned much more from my instructors at Plattsburgh than from any of my Fordham instructors.
  • nysmilenysmile Registered User Posts: 5,850 Senior Member
    My S transferred to Plattsburgh after completing a year at a top tier private college (University of Richmond). He loves Plattsburgh (except for the cold temps.). The people are friendly, the classes are small, the town is fun, and the professors in his major are great.
  • doaflip21doaflip21 Registered User Posts: 15 New Member
    thanks for the replies, but i have a couple more questions.
    which school do you think is better suited for me considering i don't have a car?
    which school has more of a night life? parties?
    which school has the better surrounding town (shops, nature, ect.)
    I would also like to add that i have no idea what i would like to major in.
    thank you everyone for all your help.
  • nysmilenysmile Registered User Posts: 5,850 Senior Member
    I don't have any personal experience with Cortland so I can't comment on it. As far as Plattsburgh goes, you don't need a car. You can walk to the downtown area (that's where the bars are as well as some places to eat). The campus itself has plenty of places to eat and quite a good variety of food. Cabs are cheap. It's only about a 5-10 minute ride
    uptown where there is a big indoor mall, a Target, a Super Walmart, more places to eat, etc. There's a movie theater in the big mall (as well as Best Buy, American Eagle, Old Navy, Dicks Sporting Goods, etc.). Lots of kids bring cars so I'm sure you'll get to know a couple of kids on your floor with cars. The campus does have a shuttle that runs regularly everyday and you can check their website for the schedule. There's always something to do. Plenty of house parties and all within walking distance. Plenty of off campus housing within walking distance. There's a new Subway on campus in the Student Center. There's a store in the student center that's kind of like a 7-11. There's a room upstairs in the student center where you can get coffee and hang out to study (I can't remember if it's called the Blue Room or the Green Room-LOL). Son works out at the fitness center regularly so it must be pretty good. The professors are accessible. The students are very friendly. Registration for classes is easy. As with all schools, Seniors get priority, then Juniors, Sophomores, and lastly Freshmen. My son has never had a problem getting into a course.
    If you're the outdoors kind of person, there is an Outing Club that goes on fantastic hikes up mountains. If you like to ski or snowboard, you'll find plenty of kids who do that on the weekend.
    Don't worry about not knowing what you want to study. Plattsburgh has a wide variety of majors and minors to choose from so explore what they have to offer.
    Good luck. Make sure you visit both schools before you make your final decision.
  • doaflip21doaflip21 Registered User Posts: 15 New Member
    thanks a lot for the reply!
    all information is extremely helpful
  • trinkittrinkit Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    Daughter chose Plattsburgh because it was the most affordable option; not because she particularly loved the campus or location. (In other words, it would not have been her first choice school). At the end of her Freshman year she can't say enough about the excellent education she is getting- really fine classes and super professors. Dorm is just average but she said the whole Plattsburgh experience just grows on you. She is an environmental major and it seems like fate.....(we almost discarded this school and are so glad now that we didn't!) She will save a lot of money over the four years and will also get the better education than she would have at those privates. What more could we ask for?
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