<p>I've managed to narrow down my options to two schools, but for the past week or so I've been really stressed out about which one to choose to attend. It doesn't help that all the good housing spots are going to be taken soon too.</p>
<p>I managed to eliminate Portland State University (too commuter/lower standards/I heard it's hard to transfer out), Loyola Marymount (good location but bad aid and I'm not a huge fan of the courses offered), and the University of Oregon (didn't stand out much, feels cold, maybe because we visited on a really cold day =P).
This leaves me with OSU (Oregon) and University of Portland.</p>
<p>I always wanted a fairly large school in or near a city (lots of resources and not a huge change from my suburban life). I also wanted a marching band. And decent academics.
At the moment, I'm looking at a communications major.</p>
<p>I decided last summer that I really want to go to USC, but by then it was too late to really improve my grades enough, so I'm thinking of waiting a couple years and transferring.</p>
<p>Either way, I want to start off the college experience well. I'd survive at either school, but I want opinions from others so I can make a wiser decision.</p>
<p>OSU: has the big school/university atmosphere and the band I wanted to join which would help me find friends faster. It also has a bunch of different course offerings and I'd have more options if I wanted to change my major. Plus I have a friend there so I already know a bit about the school. It runs on the quarter system. (it's a really minor thing, but because of the later start, I might be able to celebrate my 18th birthday with my parents while they're dropping me off)</p>
<p>UP: it's a smaller school near the city with no football (->no marching band), but I've heard amazing things about the academics and teachers. It's also cheaper to reach from the airport since I wouldn't have to pay for a long ride. They also have their own funds since it's a private school so they're less affected by the whole budget deal than state-funded schools. Runs on the semester system.</p>
<p>I'm out-of-state and the price would be about equal with the FA I got from UP. Both schools seem to have really friendly people and I felt welcomed at both. My parents are definitely leaning towards UP, but I'm not sure.
<p>(PS: USC runs on semesters, but I'm not too familiar with the way they'd transfer credits from either school. For example, I think I'd have to take 5 quarters of language, but 4 semesters (a little longer) of language to meet the requirement.)</p>