If I haven’t annoyed you with my constant threads/postings, then I definitely have now…
All self-deprecating jokes aside, I was talking to my GC today (we have to report college acceptances in-person, to verify for Naviance and HS stats), and I learned that she is convinced that I’ll get into ESF and UCONN. She suggested that I start comparing schools now to prevent being swamped in April. Sounds a little weird, but to be fair, Naviance is showing a 60-70% chance at ESF and a 50-60% chance at UCONN, so she’s not totally wrong.
I’m comparing these two schools (and not any others) for a few key reasons.
SUNY-ESF is heavily affiliated with Syracuse University—so in an co-curricular and social sense (and maybe even an academic sense), I’m comparing Syracuse vs. UCONN.
Both are very similar in tuition cost. UCONN would be instate rates, and ESF has low OOS states (even with room and board). Approximately 35-37K for each school.
Both have (IMO) great campuses. ESF feels a little…hidden about behind the Dome, but the SU campus is pretty neat. UCONN, even though it’s somewhat isolated, also has a decent campus (and lovely surroundings).
Here’s where it differs:
UCONN - has my preferred major (Geographic Information Science/Geography). Would be able to switch academic disciplines.
ESF - Landscape Architecture or Construction/Forest Management. (LandArch is 5 years, btw). Limited range of majors.
UCONN - Grad school advising is not great if you’re outside the Honors College. Limited advising, and I worry that I would not be noticed by professors (even if I reached out). This gets even tougher, since I have another school (Clark) that would probably have stronger advising).
ESF - Possibly better advising; more likely to work with professors.
It’s a lot of small issues, but they’ve all been occasionally coming up during the application cycle. Does anyone have any insight to these, or should I just stop asking questions and start waiting for decisions?