Major Decision, Please Help

<p>I just finished my third year of school but I've already 100% decided that i'm transferring next year, so that option is settled. I went to SUNY New Patz last year and now the problem is, where do I go? The good news is I've narrowed it down but I still have a few options on the table. </p>

<p>For the fall, assuming they have housing (which they might not until the Spring), I have already applied to Indiana University Bloomington, my personal favorite right now. If accepted i can attend there for my final 2 or 3 semesters even though that would require a lot of loans and my parents are VERY un-supportive of me going to Indiana. </p>

<p>Since it's too late to stay in the SUNY system for next semester I could also just take next semester off (since I have a lot of personal issues that I need to work out, even though when I'm home I feel very isolated and would hate to take time off), get a job, make some money and then apply to Geneseo, Binghamton or Buffalo, with my preferences being in that order, for the Spring. In which case I can visit the campuses, including Indiana, since if accepted, my acceptance would carry over to the Spring and then go from there. </p>

<p>Then again, I could of course attend Indiana in the fall and if I don't like it I could transfer back into the SUNY system in the spring, even though i'm not sure how my parents would feel about that. </p>

<p>I really don't know what to do, I have tons of options and I need to decide FAST. I'm kinda nervous because I heard Indiana was mainly a party school and even though I enjoy an occasional party I'd much rather have people around that are serious about their work and that I can have intelligent conversations with. But is Genseo worth waiting until the Spring for? I don't know what to do...any help would be appreciated, thanks!</p>

<p>I should say that I have a 3.46 GPA through 85 credits and that i'm an English major.</p>

<p>SUNY New Paltz is supposed to be one of the up and coming schools. What don't you like about it? If you get into Indiana you will have to attend for longer than 2-3 semesters. Schools want at least 1/2 of your degree to come from them (they make sure you are up to their standards and they get their money from you). That would be true of any school. Also, how will you pay for the big cost increase? If you are truly going to transfer, no matter what, then look among the SUNYs. I would assume it would be easier, and certainly cheaper.</p>

<p>I just don't know if staying with SUNY is worth a full semester off, and I thought at most schools, including Indiana, that you only needed to get 30 credits from the school to graduate.</p>

<p>I don't know if Indiana is really going to give you what you are looking for....I don't think there is a particularly intellectual population there. I think your better off trying for Geneseo.</p>

<p>I get the sense that SUNY New Paltz is already your second school. So, I'll echo Erin's Dad's question: what about SUNY New Paltz didn't you like about it?</p>

<p>Also, I don't see any need to come to a decision real FAST. Spring semester transfers need their applications in by October 1st at SUNY campuses.</p>

<p>I don't see why you should go to Indiana if you only have 2-3 semesters left. Really, at that point, I don't see much of a point of transferring at that point -- the last 2 semesters literally fly by -- but if you are 100% set on transferring, I support the choice to take a semester off and try to go to Geneseo, Binghamton, or Buffalo. I don't see a point of racking up a lot of loans in your last 30 credits, especially with all this talk of transferring there than transferring back.</p>

<p>As for the reputation as a party school, all large schools get reputations like that. Indiana is a solid school academically as well, so I wouldn't worry.</p>

<p>You have a greater chance at actually graduating next May or December if you go to one of the other SUNY schools. Even though you usually only need to earn about 30 credits at your new school, some schools have residency requirements that state you have to be in residence there at least two years (my undergraduate college did; we didn't accept senior-year transfers because at that point, you've already received all of your training somewhere else!).</p>

<p>Even schools that don't won't necessarily take all of your SUNY credits. My fiance transferred from a well-reputed private college to a regional public university and they only took 78 of his 90 earned credits. But you know that another SUNY will take all your New Paltz credits.</p>