Selecting College By Amount Of Workload

Needless to say, this is my first post on this website. I am curious as to which schools would be applicable to my aspirations. I am looking for a college where students are busy throughout the week and often do "out-of-class" work for 3-4 hours on average per day on week days. However, I also want the same atmosphere to be fostering of a social life on weekends with minimal schoolwork to complete. Personally, I'm an above-average student that makes straight As, but I have never taken the SAT in a serious manner. (I don't know if those facts are relevant or not, but I will be a sophomore in high school next year). Although I'm only a sophomore, I just want to be proactive in college planning and selection and am eager for any suggestions. Prior to the prospective responses, thanks for replying.</p>

<p>Ok, well here's my opinion about selecting college by workload. Deal with it. One day you're going to be working 8 hours a day from 9-5 (and working hard I hope, not taking the easy way out). I would not pick a college based on workload but a college that fits what you want (major for example) the best. College is a lot of work regardless and the amount of work shouldn't deter you from going to a college.</p>

<p>Thanks for the reply. Evidently, I was under the wrong impression when other posters on this website portrayed 3-4 hours of out-of-class work per day as a substantial amount. Sorry (sheepish smile). So, what would be considered a significant amount of out-of-class work per day at a heavy courseload school such as Davidson College?</p>

<p>That's not bad actually. Sorry for being too tough on you :(</p>

<p>The general guideline FYI would be 2-3 hours of preparation/review/work for every hour you spend in lecture (or every 3-hour lab). I would expect that especially at a college at Davidson and even if not at a tough school, putting in that amount of work should put you in line for a good grade.</p>

<p>Oh, I completely understand what everyone meant now. Thank you for that clarification immensely! If you were to recommend a list of schools that matched the guidelines below, what would they be?
-Students are ALWAYS busy with schoolwork during the week.
-Students are sometimes busy on weekends with schoolwork, but have significant spare time for a social life and extracurricular activities.
-An ideal location in the Southeast with a friendly, engaged student body.</p>

<p>But it's also a perfect reasonable criteria for selecting a school: Some people are more driven than others. Some want a school culture that is intense and that appeals to driven kids, and people who enjoy a certain amount of competitiveness. Others find that demotivating or simply need better balance in their lives. </p>

<p>Ganstar, there are lots of other factors that you would need to consider along with the school culture, so once you have more info about what you want, and test scores, come back and ask again:</p>

<p>1) size of school (LAC, medium private, large public)
2) location: geographic, environment, weather, urban/rural/suburban
3) areas of interest-both academic and EC, future career goals
4) deal breakers
5) and the culture you thrive in</p>

<p>Thanks M's Mom. Personally, size of school isn't too much of a factor, but I want the college to feel at least vaguely personal. The location is paramount, as I wish to stay in the Southeast, and I want an academically-driven student body so that the majority of students are intrigued by knowledge. For high school stats of admitted students, I would love to have a school full of future Nobel Prize winners with 700+s on SATs and potential 4.0 GPAs, though I only yearn for sociable students that wish to have fun after an abundance of hard work. I am only a sophomore so I can only vouch for my GPA of 4 and a PSAT score freshman year of 166.</p>

<p>Correction: ALSO YEARN (not ONLY YEARN) Sorry</p>

<p>gans, you can do can work very hard during the Sunday to Thursday period and take Friday night and all day Saturday to socialize and relax with your friends.</p>

<p>this combination seems to work for many successful people, compared to studying 7 days a week or partying 5 days a week.</p>

<p>Rhodes College in Tennessee seems to fit your description. So does Hendrix College.</p>

<p>I think Davidson College is the best school that fits your description. It's academically challenging and I've heard great things about the campus life.</p>

<p>If you are a girl, also look at Sweet Briar College.</p>

<p>Thank you for all the responses and input! I will definitely research Rhodes and Hendrix. By the way, I am a boy. (it's a simple misconception)</p>

<p>haha I figured by your username but you can never be too sure :)</p>

<p>Davidson College absolutely fits the bill, but regardless, this
The general guideline FYI would be 2-3 hours of preparation/review/work for every hour you spend in lecture (or every 3-hour lab)

is the general rule. The good news is you're no longer in school for a solid block of time, so 4-5 hours of work a day outside of class can still mean you're done with everything in the early afternoon if you space your work time intelligently.</p>

<p>Does it really go by school? I've always thought it depends almost entirely on teacher and the individual class</p>

<p>Generally speaking, the workload would correlate to the school and-or major more so than it would the professor in most instances in my opinion. For example, an allegedly "hard" teacher would be brutal to community college students by assigning them a "superfluous" amount of work, but the same amount of work would be considered "medium" and normal at another university such as Emory. However, I have no experience in college, but I would presume that this scenario would be prominent between varying types of students and schools varying in difficulty.</p>

<p>Pierre0913, do you currently attend Clemson University? Could you describe your experience? Does Clemson as a town really feel as small as it looks when driving by it on Highway 123? Do you have any insight to the intensity and quality of the chemistry department? Sorry for all the questions, but any replies would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.</p>

<p>Yep, I attend Clemson University! I'm kinda busy right now but when I have some time I'll send you a message about my experience</p>