My situation

<p>So where do i begin currently a sophomore at a community college in st. louis with 3.3 GPA. I want to be a professor and double major in art and english so that i can teach english as a foreign language in other countries. im lookin to transfer to a university but i also want to study abroad in europe in the UK, Switzerland, or Denmark. I was either thinking of directly applying to a university directly over there (like Edinburgh) or just transfering to a university in the states and doing an exchange program for a year or more. Then maybe go to grad school abroad if I like it that much. My yearly budget for college is around 16,000 to no more than 20,000 for tuition, dorm, and all that jazz. Of course I plan to apply for some scholarships, grants, and hopefully do a work/study program. Anyways heres a list of some colleges that are on my list of application.</p>

<p>SUNY Geneseo</p>


<p>North Carolina Asheville</p>

<p>Appalichian State</p>

<p>SUNY Stony Brook</p>

<p>SUNY New Paltz </p>

<p>and possible Edinburgh</p>

<p>Feel free to add on to this list because I'm still trying to find more schools to add on. If I do choose a uni in the US I DEFINITLY want it to have a good study abroad program. So please help a brother out because I don't really know what I should do haha. Thank you</p>

<p>Would you like a big or small school?
Does it matter where you are in the US?
Do you want a public or private?(I know of only a couple private schools in your price range.)</p>

<p>size doesnt really concern me that much but i would prefer it to be not too small and not too big either. Somewhere nice in the US would be great and private or public doesnt concern me that much. I've just looked mainly at public because privates are usually expensive. Thanks</p>


<p>First of all, given your career choice, I would most surely recommend that you stay with a SUNY school. I go to University at Buffalo right now, and I have friends basically at every SUNY you can imagine. Geneseo from what I know (several of my family members are actually alum) is a wonderful teaching school. </p>

<p>I am going to boost my school (UB) a little because our population is so diverse, and you mentioned you want to teach foreign languages. Being exposed to the diverse student body here has been a life changing experience. I have friends from endless countries, my boyfriend is from Hong Kong, and my best friends are from Russia and Japan. </p>

<p>ALSO, just a little FYI, if you go to a SUNY, you have access to all the study abroads that SUNY offers, not just your particular school. I am actually going to London this winter via a program that is offered through a local community college, which is part of the SUNY system.</p>

<p>I am really going to give Geneseo my little extra push just because I have so many dear friends who go there and have absolutely loved their experience. I am warning you though, it IS very small (Geneseo was actually my number one choice, then I saw UB and changed my mind), so you will have to stay involved in clubs. I'm not really sure of job prospects in the area (again, small town), but it is a lovely little campus.</p>

<p>Good luck!</p>

<p>Thank you so much for the advice it helped me out a lot. I didn't even know you could have access to all of SUNY's abroad programs haha I was just lookin at the ones on some of their websites. Thanks again for the insight</p>

<p>Yep! In theory, I think you can really go to any study abroad program you want, considering you get accepted into the school/program. It's just good to keep in mind that the credit cost of a SUNY school is much more affordable than a study abroad with a private college for essentially the same education.</p>

<p>The London program i'm looking into costs $3000, which includes credit, airfare, meals, and housing for about 2 weeks, which is a steal!</p>

<p>For Art and English, you can't do better than SUNY New Paltz. The great location, strong academics, funky college town and proximity to NYC make it a gem in the SUNY system. However, recent popularity has made it competitive to get into.</p>

<p>yea i heard it recently turned down a ton of applicants. Are you a student there?</p>

<p>My son is a student there. If you have any questions feel free to ask. He loves it.</p>

<p>I've visited both UNC Asheville and App State. Are you OOS for NC? If so, either would be more than $20000 a year (though not a lot more), especially if you factor in travel. </p>

<p>UNCA is a small, public liberal arts college with very specific gen ed requirements. You'd have to do some research to see of you can transfer easily. They do seem to have a great study abroad program. It was my s's first choice but after attending orientation, he decided that it wasn't the right college for him, even though he loves Asheville (the city.) UNCA (like all NC state schools) limited the number of OOS students. He wanted more diversity (he was OOS.)</p>

<p>App State is in the NC mountains and may make travel home somewhat a challenge. I don't know anything about their study abroad program. They seem to draw outdoorsy types, is less "intellectual" than UNCA but has a rep as a solid, regional college.</p>

<p>Of all the colleges in the US, why these two NC schools?</p>

<p>yea i live in st. louis so yea im out of state and i just picked those two because i heard they were good and affordable though i looked at others such as chapel hill. To be honest im still trying to seach for more options so if you have any good suggestions tell me please haha</p>

<p>new paltz first caught my attention when i heard the guy to girl ratio haha but then i heard that it is hard to find girls that are straight nevertheless the guys. dont get me wrong i dont have anything against people who swing that way, i was just wondering if it's true. oh and i also heard that there were a lot of heavy drugs on campus like hardcore drugs which is a big turn off for me. so just wondering if you can clear these rumors up for me a bit</p>

<p>The guy/girl ratio is a plus if you're a guy, but be prepared (depending on your major) to have lots of girls in your classes. My son has met so many girls and has many, many girls as friends. It's nice, but was a little harder finding guys to chill with at first. There may be a slightly higher gay population but definitley not a problem finding lots of straight girls. There are drugs around but also it's easy to avoid since there are lots of people who are not into them. It's a really diverse, friendly and down to earth student body....I can't imagine anyone not fitting in. My son has met some really nice people.</p>

<p>I suggest you consider The University of Iowa. My D just chose to attend there, coming from California, over some other great choices. Some of the benefits:
- excellent English program, strong for fine arts as well
- reasonably close to St. Louis
- strong study abroad programs
- strong academics/reputation
- Fiske Best Buy - strong merit aid for OOS
- beautiful campus feels smaller and easy to navigate; friendly people
- Iowa City is a very nice college town
- Big Ten experience -- sports, etc -- strong, spirited football program</p>

<p>Good Luck!</p>

<p>sounds pretty cool thanks for the insight now hopefully i can get accepted when i apply haha</p>