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UMass Amherst or U of O?

kkristen12kkristen12 Registered User Posts: 49 Junior Member
edited April 2013 in University of Oregon
So I am having a really hard time deciding between the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the University of Oregon. I live in Eugene OR right now, so I would like to move away but I feel like the University of Oregon is a nicer school to attend. I will be studying premed while in college.
I was accepted to UMass Amherst as a premed major, and the U of O as a Biology major. UMass gave me $18,000 in scholarships, so I woul dhave to make up the difference as an out-of-state student which would be about $18,000 left for me to pay. Whereas as the U of O, they also gave me $18,000 but I would only have to pay $5,000.

What do you think? Which one sounds like the better choice?
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Replies to: UMass Amherst or U of O?

  • 'rentof2'rentof2 Registered User Posts: 4,327 Senior Member
    Have you been to UMass Amherst? I certainly do not want to denigrate it in any way, and I know it is the top school in the UMass system. I'm sure it's great and has a ton to offer the students that attend. And I have not had direct academic experience with it myself or vicariously through my kids, but I have been on campus and you are right that UO is a much nicer environment. More beautiful, certainly, and with a gentler feeling about it.

    On the other hand, I totally relate to the interest in going somewhere away from home if you have the opportunity. I guess I'd say that before accepting the admission offer from UMass, if you are interested in doing so, find a way to visit first... assuming you haven't already. That would be the most important missing piece in the decision-making process.
  • cusingacusinga Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    U of O is more student friendly than UMass. Smaller in size with solid academics for a premed major. I understand the desire to go away. However, you could study abroad for a semester, summer, or year with the money that you will save in tuition and travel costs. Good luck.
  • MitchKreybenMitchKreyben Registered User Posts: 439 Member
    If you can afford it. Go away to school. You won't regret it.
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