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I am picking between Louisiana State University and Arizona State University. I was admitted to both and with my financial packages, both will have similar costs. I am out of state for both. I really really really liked both when I visited, and my opinions of both went way up after each visit. I applied for Political Science for both, but am really thinking about changing it because I want something more "practical", I am THINKING about business/computer science, but not really sure at all. Both are ranked about the same overall on usnews, ASU has a higher rated business school, but I am not sure if that's what I want to do (just considering it), plus, I am not going to a school for it's ranking (though it can't have a terrible ranking, want it to be respectable, which both are). Things that are important to me: Lots of things going on ON campus, Lots of people on campus, school spirit (they both have d1 sports, though LSU has better ones), lots of out of state people (both have high percentages), a decent Jewish presence on campus, and just a fun place to be. I am from Houston and I like that LSU is close to Houston, I currently live in NM and ASU is closer (doesn't really matter), I like that ASU is by a really big city, but was initially put off that it's in the desert, but you can't really tell in Tempe, you could be in California. I liked Tempe a lot, and Phoenix. But I Also like Baton Rouge and loved New Orleans. I would like to move to Houston or Austin afterwords, and There are more people that went to LSU there, so that might help me landing a job, I'm not really sure. One big edge ASU has over LSU is the Jewish community is larger there, I am Jewish and I like the idea of going to a school with lots of Jewish kids, after going to a high school with almost none. However, there are some Jewish kids at LSU, and I think I would join a Jewish Frat (SAM), so that could be fine, not sure. Both had really nice campuses, which I liked a lot. I don't know a lot of people going to either, so that's not really an issue. For LSU I found a room mate that I haven't met, but is friends with lots of people I know from Houston. For ASU, I'd be doing random. This doesn't really matter much. Oh, for my scholarships, at ASU I would have to keep a 3.25, at LSU a 3.0 I'm not sure what kind of difference this makes. I have been like a 3.2-3.3 UW student in HS in all AP/preAPs who hasn't studied much, but is aware college is much different.
Please help me choose, this is really tough!</p>