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FSU (honors) vs UF

andr3w216andr3w216 Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
edited August 2009 in University of Florida
I am posting this in the FSU subforum as well.

Basically, I need help deciding between attending the FSU honors college, and UF. I'm a pretty good, hardworking student and I'm pretty sure I'd get accepted into both FSU and UF. I have a really strong GPA with tons of AP classes, but my SAT scores are in the 1900s...meaning I would most likely get into the FSU honors program, but only the regular UF program.

Basically, which one would be better? I am looking to major in law or engineering, not too sure yet. Also, after my first 4 years I would like to apply to a better school for my masters and such, so which would look better on a transcript between the two?

Thanks for any help.
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  • aforautumnaforautumn Registered User Posts: 1,381 Senior Member
    to forestall another FSU/UF debate, the difference between which school you choose is negligible. honors is a good thing to have, but the primary benifits of honors are smaller classes and more resources, not necessarily what your transcript says. whether you attend as an honors student or not, you have the opportunity to graduate in honors, which is much more significant.

    the deciding factor should be dependent on which school you think you'll get along best at. have you gone on campus tours yet?
  • ZZZZaaacckZZZZaaacck Registered User Posts: 57 Junior Member
    For engineering, UF would be much better. The honors doesn't really make your transcript 'look better' as you can graduate with honors if you keep a certain GPA.
  • rogracerrogracer Registered User Posts: 1,205 Senior Member
    For pre-law in FSU honors there may be a debate, but for engineering, UF is the clear choice. 'nuf sed.
  • andr3w216andr3w216 Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    I've done a tour of UF, but not FSU. And to be completely honest, UF was nice but I got a big impression that the Gainesville experience may not be as exhilarating as the Tally one, since UF is the only thing in Gainesville. The campus was nice, nonetheless. And smaller class sizes is appealing, but I'm not sure yet.

    Any other input? and thanks
  • goufgatorsgoufgators Registered User Posts: 625 Member
    No brainer where you should go if you're interested in engineering.
  • rogracerrogracer Registered User Posts: 1,205 Senior Member
    You don't have a very good picture of gainesville. Here is a piece from the NY Times to give you a better idea:

    American Journeys - Gainesville, Fla. - Home to the University of Florida, Museums, Gardens and Florida History - NYTimes.com
  • andr3w216andr3w216 Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    Law and engineering are just 2 majors I'm thinking of now. But who knows? I'm just a high school senior..many people change their minds. What would be the better place to be in if 2 years down the line I feel like I don't want to major in either of those....
  • ZZZZaaacckZZZZaaacck Registered User Posts: 57 Junior Member
    Well it doesn't really matter where you go if you end up going to law school. UF is better for most majors while FSU is better at some fine arts majors. Engineering and law are pretty different and if you major in engineering, the likely hit your GPA will take will make it much harder to get into law school.
  • The MasterThe Master Registered User Posts: 86 Junior Member
    FSU is known for its fine arts program whereas UF is known for programs like pre med and engin. Based on what you said you want to major in it seems like you would stay in the UF category even if you decide to change your major

    Also a lot of the people here are forgetting that you can still get into UF honors after your first fall semester. Its called lateral admission which doesn't look at your SAT or ACT. Look it up.

    Good Luck
  • parent2nolesparent2noles Registered User Posts: 7,961 Senior Member
    ^Partial myth.

    FSU is currently nationally ranked in quite a few areas.
    More currently, see: FSU Highlights
    More historic: http://president.fsu.edu/98state/speech4.html
  • aforautumnaforautumn Registered User Posts: 1,381 Senior Member
    unless you're into the government party scene, there isn't much more to do in tally than there is in gainesvillle. if you're into music, gainesville gets more shows than tally does. i'm not sure what you mean by 'exhillerating'.
  • goufgatorsgoufgators Registered User Posts: 625 Member
    p2n, why are you posting links to rankings when you are suggesting to the original poster to ignore ranking differences between the two? You're not trying to start a ranking comparison are you?? ;) :)
  • IntangibleGatorIntangibleGator Registered User Posts: 398 Member
    A 1900 is pretty low in regards to admission to UF. Unless you have a great GPA, which you didn't state specifically, it would be a rather large assumption to think you are even admitted.

    Lets wait to see where you are admitted before starting the proverbial UF vs. FSU bash fest.
  • andr3w216andr3w216 Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    IntangibleGator,

    I don't mean to brag but I'd like to think I have a really high chance of getting admitted into UF. Yes, my GPA is very high, not sure what it is exactly, but my grades consist of all A's with AP schedules. My father was a Gator, and my uncle was even a teacher there for a short while. My SAT isn't too high, but I know several people that had a lot lower scores and lot lower GPAs than I did. I'm not a good SAT-taker, but with my grades I belong at a school like UNC or UPenn, but due to this economy I have to stay in state. Thus, I'm just trying to see what would be better between UF/FSU honors.
  • aijekaijek Registered User Posts: 37 Junior Member
    I know what you mean when you say you're not a good SAT taker but to attend a school like UNC or Penn, you definitely need at least a 2100 on SATs.
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