Hi everyone! I’m a current High School senior from New York City.
I’m trying to decide between Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA and SUNY New Paltz in New Paltz, NY, going in as undecided (with interests in sociology, social work, and/or urban planning). In both schools, I would basically be paying the same amount, so financially they’re equal, although for the value FandM is greater, since it’s originally 75k.
FandM is a smaller college, with a little over 2,000 undergrad students, and a 9:1 student to teacher ratio which I love. Everyone says their academics are amazing, and their professors truly care about their students and are super open to asking questions, office hours, etc, which I would definitely take advantage of! FandM also seems to have a strong alumni network, through OSPGD and the True Blue Network. The college houses are also intriguing, since they’re not traditional dorms and all have ac/heat. I visited the campus and it’s stunning, along with the surrounding area, although it is 3.5-4hrs away from me which is a bit concerning. I also don’t know if Greek life is a big part of campus, b/c if I decide to not participate, I don’t want to not have a social life, you know.
SUNY New Paltz is closer to home, about 1.5 hrs away which is comforting, and has a larger student body of about 6,000 kids, which means there’s a bigger range of kids and personalities to make friends and such! Everyone that I know who goes there, or know someone who does, say they absolutely love it!! New Paltz also has a huge class selection, and since I’m undecided and want to explore a lot of different classes, the broad selection is super exciting. The campus is decent, and the surrounding area seems rly fun and walkable, which I love. Lastly, simply from the FB groups, the incoming class of 2025 seems super amazing!!
If you know or go to Franklin and Marshall or New Paltz, please reply, decision day is right around the corner for me! Thanks everyone!!