Hi! I’m currently a high school senior from Hawaii. I’ve finally heard back from all 11 of the colleges that I applied to and these are my options:
-University of Washington
-Pacific Lutheran University
-University of Portland
-University of Oregon
-Sonoma State University
-San Diego State University
-Santa Clara University
-Hawaii Pacific University
I’m planning to major in psychology and eventually go onto grad school to either become a genetic counselor or industrial organizational psychologist (I know these fields are completely different but I’m hoping to explore my interests within the field of psychology a bit more during college to get a better idea of what I want to do). I’ve narrowed down my list to University of Washington, Gonzaga University, Seattle University, and UH Manoa.
- UW: this has been my dream school since I was a little girl and I feel like I’d really get that “classic college experience”. From what I’ve read it sounds like they have a strong psych program and there’s a wide range of majors and minors. It’s location would also provide me a lot of opportunities to shadow or intern. The negatives are it’s very expensive bc I’m OOS and psychology is capacity constrained so I’d still need to apply to my major once I complete the necessary classes.
- Gonzaga: I really loved the school when I toured, and I liked the idea of attending a smaller school bc I feel like I’d have more guidance when applying to grad schools. It seemed like a very welcoming school and for a private Jesuit college they have a lot of school spirit (probably bc of their basketball team). They gave me a decent amount of money so it’s a lot cheaper than UW but my only concern is the location and lack of diversity. I don’t know a whole lot about Spokane and I’ve only been in the area for a few hours when I toured the campus.
- Seattle University: I like the location a lot and I feel like bc it’s a Jesuit School their values about leadership and service connect a lot with my own (similar to Gonzaga). The only thing is that when I visited campus something just didn’t feel right but I think I’d eventually grow to like it.
- UH Manoa: It’s just basically my state school and the cheapest option so I’m still considering it especially because I plan on going to grad school.
I’ve been doing a lot of research and trying to compare all their different psychology programs, but I’m having a difficult time making a final decision. Please let me know if you have any advice or feedback on these schools! It doesn’t have to be in my top 4, it could be any of the schools I named because maybe there’s a big factor I didn’t consider about one of the other schools. Would one school better prepare me for grad school/have a way better undergrad psychology program, or could you tell me about the student body/environment of each school?? Thank you so much for any feedback!!