UConn Vs. Maryland Spring Admission

<p>Okay, so I got into UConn and Maryland (spring admit) for engineering.</p>

<p>Price - Tie - is about the same as I am out of state for both. </p>

<p>Campuses - UConn +.5 - are both very nice with a slight edge to UConn in my opinion. Maryland was nice, but there was something I really didn't like about it. I can't exactly explain it, but I think I liked UConn a little better. </p>

<p>Location - Maryland +.5 - UConn is kind of in the middle of nowhere while Maryland has a lot of nice cities around, though it is in a dumpy area. Slight edge to Maryland because of DC and Baltimore. </p>

<p>Academics - Maryland +.5 - I know rankings don't mean much, but Maryland and UConn are both ranked in the 55-65 range nationally, but maryland gets a slight edge due to its better engineering program (~25 compared to ~60)</p>

<p>Parties - Unsure - Admittedly I will party a little in college. Not too much, but I do like to have fun. Which is better?</p>

<p>Additional Factors - Maryland -1 - So the whole spring admit thing is turning me off a bit. I can't live on campus until my sophomore year and I get second choice on classes and they are all in the afternoon. I feel this will rob me of the college experience a little. </p>

<p>Total - UConn + .5 although I am sure I am overlooking a lot </p>

<p><strong><em>BOTTOM LINE</em></strong>: Where should I go and why?</p>

<p>2 similar schools at similar prices with nice campuses, etc.</p>

<p>Please Help Me</p>

<p>Go to UCONN; it seems that you are leaning that way. If you don’t like it, transfer.</p>

<p>How does living on campus work for UConn spring admits?</p>

<p>Also, for each school, can you attend a local community college during the fall and transfer the credits for math/physics/etc. courses taken there while still entering as a spring freshman? If so, that may allow you to complete the degree in 1 semester of CC + 7 semesters at the four year school, potentially saving a semester of cost at the four year school.</p>

<p>@UCBalumnus - I got in for fall admissions at UConn, I should have mentioned that.</p>

<p>Maryland will let you take CC classes to transfer in. A neighbor girl here did that program three years ago.</p>

<p>I would not want to be a freshman fending for myself in my first semester at a college where I cannot live on campus. I do not know where the spring admit kids live in College Park, but there are some places off campus where you do not want to live. </p>

<p>Maryland is a good school, but I really do not like the spring admit. You might have a counselor call and plead your case: out of state, first-choice school, really wants fall admit. Admissions decisions do change.</p>

<p>Thanks MD mom. I feel kind of the same way about the spring admit. Do you know when I get housing? Is it spring semester 2014 or fall 2014?</p>

<p>According to [Office</a> of Undergraduate Admissions · University of Maryland » Housing and Dining](<a href=“http://www.admissions.umd.edu/admitted/housingdining.php]Office”>http://www.admissions.umd.edu/admitted/housingdining.php) :</p>

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<p>That means that you can live in the dorms as a spring admit, but it is not guaranteed that you will get a place, unlike for fall admits.</p>

<p>Maryland has an extension program called Freshman Connection for spring admits to take courses there in the fall:</p>

<p>[Office</a> Of Extended Studies - University of Maryland](<a href=“http://oes.umd.edu/index.php?slab=freshmen-connection]Office”>http://oes.umd.edu/index.php?slab=freshmen-connection)</p>

<p>Course selection is limited compared to regular campus courses. For example, no physics courses are available.</p>

<p>Freshman Connection students are not eligible for on-campus housing:</p>

<p>[Office</a> Of Extended Studies - University of Maryland](<a href=“http://oes.umd.edu/index.php?slab=faq---]Office”>http://oes.umd.edu/index.php?slab=faq---)</p>