Hi everyone! I’m in a bit of a pickle with determining which college I should choose to attend for my undergrad years in the fall this year. I am debating between UIC, Loyola, Marquette and Purdue (I’ve been accepted to all of them) majoring in Psychology and possibly minoring in Polish language. I’ve been trying to research each college to the best of my ability, but all of their psych programs seem very similar and I don’t really know what school has the best program for it. I’m looking to get my doctorate in the field as well, so I’m going to be going to school for a looong time.
UIC is my cheapest option, but I didn’t really get that “college” atmosphere when I went to visit. From what I have heard, its simply a glorified community college that doesn’t receive that much credit and recognition from graduate schools and businesses nearby.
Although I didn’t visit Marquette, from the pictures I saw, the campus and the city itself seem beautiful and it really gives off that college feel. It is big enough to accommodate all of its students and all the activities it holds while still maintaining small class sizes to cater to the individual (which is important). I’m also unsure as to if a degree from Marquette is recognized by graduate schools and businesses.
Loyola is at the top of my list, however when I visited the college, the Lake Shore campus seemed very small and there wasn’t much happening in the area. I read that there isn’t much school spirit and that safety is a major concern (which I’m not surprised since it is so close to Chicago). I got the most money from Loyola - $25,000 a year and it is closest to home.
Purdue is breathtaking and is a huge campus. The psychology program there has some connections with AI, which I find super interesting (since I love the psychological standpoint and ethics behind artificial intelligence). I read a few forums and articles about how Purdue ranks very high in their psychology program in the whole country, which meant that the college is highly recognized and respected. The downside is that it is the most expensive option and the furthest away from home.
Please let me know of your experiences with any of these colleges and what you would recommend! Thank you guys a bunch!