<p>I'm new here and would appreciate any assistance you all could provide. Sorry for the long post.</p>
<p>My son is entering senior year. He has wanted to attend KP since he was 13 years old, and always considered SUNY to be a back-up choice. He wants to focus on marine transportation (goal is to captain commercial vessels) with a secondary focus on business and logistics. His academics are strong: SAT 1340; weighted GPA 4.9; top 6% in class; 5 in AP Calc; 4 in AP physics; 4 in AP US history; varsity wrestling; almost 350 service hours; races sailboats, etc. </p>
<p>We attended SUNY open house this past weekend, and we liked it much more than we thought. There are some distinct advantages for my son, as they will accept his AP credits (he will have completed 5 AP classes before he graduates). This means that he should be able to get his undergraduate degree and complete SUNY's master's program (Int'l Transportation Mgt) in 4 years. Assuming finances are not a deciding factor (they may be because we are out of state, but let's put that aside), can anyone comment on the pros and cons of KP as opposed to SUNY. I know I'm asking a biased audience :) but the SUNY officials harped on about how SUNY grads are getting better jobs than KP grads and how SUNY students are more focused on the maritime industry because they're not distracted by military training and because they're not attending just for the free ride (they were more diplomatic, but that was the basic point). The service obligation at KP is not a factor, as he likely would do MMR at SUNY as well. So have at it -- anyone want to comment?
BTW, we are attending KP open house next month, and he will stay for an overnight as well, which he has not yet done for SUNY</p>