Universities not discussed in CC



<p>I bet not. As you can see from the (in)activity on many of these individual college forums, just because you build it doesn't necessarily mean they will come.</p>

<p>CC, like any business, is doing its best to provide what its customers are looking for. Often that means featuring and focusing on the famous schools. Despite it's merits as a fine school, CC would be foolish to keep pitching Wottsamotta U to folks who are looking for information on Stanford.</p>

<p>As someone who has an affection for both Stanford and Wottsamotta U., I have to agree with Coureur. This board self-selects for those anxious about the admissions process and looking at schools that have competitive admissions processes. The range of schools discussed for more than 1-2 posts on this board has actually increased in the last three years. But that increase is largely confined to previously overlooked LAC's, not Local State Schools who draw from the Local State (or region) and hence everyone interested in them already knows about them. Indeed, I wouldn't have known a thing about U/Montana except that it apparently has a good pharmacy program and was mentioned on this board.</p>

<p>And until a couple of years ago, I thought Hendrix was a deceased rock singer. Live and learn.</p>

There's a simple way to get information on a college either inactive on the alpha listing or not listed at all...just ask!
a few months ago when S was compiling his list of schools with sports Management major we had questions about U of Central Florida...a college not listed. I posted an inquiry on the Parents forum and got some good replies from knowledgable respondents.Good enough to help us make a decision to keep the school off S's list..attributes we were worried about like % from OOS,housing on campus vs. commuter population,etc.Someone else reading that thread may have come to a different conclusion.
So just ask if you have questions! People here are friendly and helpful.</p>

<p>JoeV, I am a Kent State alumna myself (C/O '84)! It's so nice to see someone else from my alma mater hanging around here. This thread is the timeliest ever for me. I have been thinking over the past week that CC tends to focus only on ivy league schools, and some select others. My D is at the University of Central Florida (UCF) in Orlando and I think it is an absolutely wonderful school, very much worth looking into. The campus is beautiful, they have many great research opportunities, they've just been granted approval for and will be building a new medical school, and they had a Cinderella football season this year! :-) It's a really great place to be and I'm proud to say that I have a kid there who is thriving and loving it.</p>

<p>The types of visitors on this site is sort of a selffulfilling prophecy. Our high school guidance office offered this as a link on their website, and that is how I first visited. There were schools of interest and lots of good info here, so I stayed. I still believe that some students who were looking for more local or smaller state schools also visited but never returned because the schools they wanted did not exist here. Therefore, a forum of miscellaneous schools by state may have been helpful to some.</p>

<p>PS - I also visited sites offered by our guidance office that were not especially helpful to me, so I never returned. I'm sure that happens here, too.</p>

<p>If you want to talk about a particular school, go ahead and talk. If you want to learn via lurking you will have to take what you get.</p>

<p>CC's entire reason for being is "Ivy League and elite college admissions." Just look at the banners and ads on this site. That said, I do agree that if you want more schools mentioned, you should just do it yourself. One of the reasons we read and hear more about some schools on this site (other than Ivys and "elites") is because a small minority of people keep mentioning them, over and over and over again, some going so far as to start threads on them. So I agree with those who have suggested that you should simply mention schools and their fine attributes repeatedly (so much so that folks might start wondering if you're getting a commission for doing so).<br>
As far as public schools, I do find it interesting that over 60 acceptances listed this year are from public universities. Yet, I think one reason people won't talk about them much is because they are often discussed as "lesser than," in comparison with smaller private schools. That perception, of course, is always a subjective one. Small schools are better for some; larger schools are a much better fit for others. Nevertheless, this attitude (that smaller/private is "better") most likely prevents people from posting about some of these larger schools. I've read posts where parents and students actually apologize(!) or feel they have to explain themselves, as one person did recently on the acceptance thread, about a particular school his daughter wanted to attend, because it happened to have the best department for what she wanted to study. I'm guessing that if that school had been a small LAC or an Ivy, this parent would never have felt the need to do that. So, again, any school you would like to see discussed--do so. Take your cue from others, and mention those schools repeatedly. Point out their fine departments, research opportunities, great faculty, small classes, beautiful vibrant campuses, strong and varied language departments--whatever--that they might offer. I think you'll find others will be quick to jump in if you do.</p>



<p>I bet not. As you can see from the (in)activity on many of these individual college forums, just because you build it doesn't necessarily mean they will come.<<</p>

<p>And just because they come, doesn't mean they'll listen. :(</p>

<p>frankly i don't think u have much to discuss for majority of the schools. Ok maybe about the campus and that stuff but admissions is really straightforward in their cases. GPA and SAT and maybe EC a little, and there's ur magic formula for most of the schools. Even u want to talk about other schools fine with me, but it's naturally going to have less responses than schools with unpredictable admission processes and prestige.</p>

thanks for the updated info on UCF..I wasn't bashing the school at all,that wasn't my intent. Our concern centered on being OOS and the percentages at the school.In fact, in support of the school,its Sports Management program was listed to us as being top #5 in the US by a professor at another of the top #5( they are supported by the owner of the Orlando Magic and have hired a prestigious professor in the field who has brought his research institute to the school along with him)..thats how we came to be investigating in the first place.It was hard to leave it off the list for S as he is a NMSF and the scholarship package they offer is beyond compare...in fact if anyone is still looking as a NMSF..take a look for yourself..they have a late deadline and in fact offered S a free trip to see the school when he inquired.</p>

<p>My issue was there are other great schools besides the schools listed. I just used my local schools for examples. I have seen negative posts about those schools in some forums. I went to the University of Illinois at Chicago, and alot of people from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign boards continue to comment negatively about the school. This deferrs posters from posting the schools they are interested in for fear of negative comments.</p>

<p>hmm i think more of rivalry or u know school pride? idk</p>

<p>imiracle, I think you are right. At least for the "Chances" threads. A 1300 and A to B+ average will probably get you into Penn State or a quality but less selective smaller school like Drew or Muhlenberg, pretty much case closed.</p>

<p>It's the unpredictable nature of admissions at the top schools that brings people to a board like this. Trying to learn that little tidbit, or that secret EC that they want to see that'll put you over the top. On the down side if you read enough Chances threads on a top heavy board like this they all start to sound the same. Gives you an idea how difficult and repetitive being an adcom at a top school could be.</p>

<p>I understand rivarly but not to the point where you would say UIC is for UIUC rejects from Chicago. Or UIC is for people who can't hack UIUC. Rivarly is different than humiliation and put down.</p>

<p>The way to overcome rivalry, or humiliation or put down, is to speak up about the best aspects of the chosen school. I agree with you that the most useful threads here on CC are not the ones in which someone says "School X is bad," but rather the threads in which someone says "School Y is good, because . . . " I have to kind of smile about put-downs, because there have recently been several put-down threads on CC's Harvard Forum (those are rather frequent on that forum), and there are always put-down threads on every forum I have checked recently, because there is intense rivalry among schools. Ultimately, the only way to rise above school rivalry is to live a successful life after college, and add luster to your alma mater's reputation. No one else can do that for you, but you can do it for your fellow alumni.</p>



<p>Amen to that. When it comes to getting put down, UIC has nothing on Harvard. If put-downs hurt your feelings then going to Harvard is not for you. You will constantly be bombarded with put-downs. Even this Parents forum, which is usually very respectful of most schools, will occasionally fall into a round of Harvard bashing.</p>

<p>NJRes is right. You can start a discussion on any school. And the very next post in that thread is guaranteed to be carolyn, who knows a little about every school in the US. </p>

<p>You might even get a discussion going about Pensacola Christian College (PCC), where probably not one CCer is interested in attending, yet can provide some of the most entertaining college research. The rules can be found at <a href="http://www.pensacolachristiancollege.com/rules.htm%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://www.pensacolachristiancollege.com/rules.htm&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>Rules like:
[ul][<em>]You may not put up a picture of unmarried people in physical contact unless they are "little kids." (these are sold in the bookstore).
[</em>]You may not wipe "boogers" on the wall. This is being cracked down on.
[<em>]No student is allowed to talk or otherwise interact with another student of the opposite sex outside of a "chaperoned" area. It does not matter if they are alone or among hundreds of students if it is not an "official" chaperoned area.
[</em>]Siblings of the opposite sex should not interact in unchaperoned areas to abstain from the "appearance of evil."
[<em>]Males and Females are to use separate public beaches and may not go to the popular Pensacola Beach or to the nearby Boardwalk.
[</em>]You may not go to a public library.
....and on and on.</p>

<p>Digmedia, It might be easier to live in jail. There are so many rules. The one I really do not understand is "no extra studying for tests". I wonder how ppl interpret that one.</p>

<p>I think this site has been responsive to the needs of posters in the past who asked for links to their schools. I know the California interest resulted in a link to UC Schools that didn't exist before.</p>

<p>I am interested in a variety of school types from the community college around the corner and up. If not by state perhaps there could be links to regions, and posters could identify which schools they want to discuss.</p>

<p>I am a frequent reader of CC and infrequently post. I am also a HS guidance counselor who has shared this with everyone I know....still have my job too :-) I do wish there was more discussion/interest in some of the lesser known schools. I personally just asked the moderators to add a school last week.</p>